PROFCOUN 701A - Counselling Laboratory

Course code
PROFCOUN 701A
Counselling Laboratory
School
Counselling, Human Services, and Social Work
Points
7.5
Delivery modes
Weekly Lecture

Course director


Brian Rodgers

Course description

An intensive "laboratory" in which students work in small groups to develop skills and strategies for the facilitation of counselling processes. PROFCOUN 701 also provides a continuous opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice, and to develop confidence and effectiveness in their role as counsellors.

Course overview

The Laboratory comprises weekly two-hour sessions for small groups of students working with one supervisor. During each session, students alternate in the roles of counsellor, client and observer. Immediate debriefing and feedback are provided from all perspectives, in group discussion. Sessions are digitally recorded to provide further opportunity for counsellors-in-training to review their effectiveness. Following each session in which a student has been in the counselling role, they are encouraged to review the DVD and feedback of the session, and reflect on their own effectiveness and development as a counsellor.

When in the role of client, students work on their own personal issues, and in this way the Laboratory groups provide an opportunity for personal growth, in a supervised setting. It is therefore essential that confidentiality of session content is maintained. Throughout the programme, emphasis is placed on personal as well as professional learning in a supportive and safe environment. This enables student counsellors to acquire, and demonstrate appropriate use of a comprehensive range of counselling skills and strategies. Personal congruence, a high level of self-awareness, and professional responsibility in the counsellor role are fostered through this process.

To complete this course students must enrol in PROFCOUN 701 A and B.

Note: From the currently scheduled classes below, students must choose one session time for the whole year and, if it isn’t already full, commit to attending that particular weekly session for the whole year.

Learning outcomes

At completion of this course, students will be able to: Demonstrate skills and strategies for effective facilitation of the counselling process. Demonstrate integration of counselling theory, relevant knowledge regarding client circumstances and needs, and counselling practice. Demonstrate ability to provide peers with constructive feedback and incorporate constructive feedback from others into their personal functioning in their professional roles. Engage in personal reflection and growth, relevant to effective functioning as a counsellor. Engage appropriately in professional counselling placement and clinical supervision. Develop confidence and effectiveness in their roles as counsellors.

    Course Coordinators

    Sabrina Zoutenbier

    Currently scheduled classes

    2021 Epsom (Semester 1): On campus workshops every week on Mondays from 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm
    2021 Epsom (Semester 1): On campus workshops every week on Thursdays from 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
    2021 Epsom (Semester 1): On campus workshops every week on Wednesdays from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
    2021 Epsom (Semester 1): On campus workshops every week on Thursdays 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
    2021 Epsom (Semester 1): On campus workshops every week on Thursdays 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
    2021 Epsom (Semester 1): On campus workshops every week on Thursday from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
    2021 Epsom (Semester 1): On campus workshops every week on Thursdays from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
    2021 Epsom (Semester 1)

    Take this course

    This course can be taken as a taught course in the following programmes:


    Timetabled courses are updated regularly and may be subject to change. If you have any questions or if you feel that any information contained in any of our course pages is in error, please get in touch with us. Click to open feedback form in a new window.