EDU8333 Advanced Educational Counselling

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
EDU 8333 2, 2010 WEB Advanced Educational Counselling 1 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOEDU
Academic org: FOE002
Student contribution band: National Priority Teaching
ASCED code: 070113



Examiner: Patrick O'Brien
Moderator: Stephen Hughes


Pre-requisite: EDU8332


State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see:


Counsellor education at an advanced level requires a continued examination of issues introduced in previous studies and the development of clear conceptual and theoretical frameworks which underpins professional practice. Thus, this course introduces specific theories of therapeutic counselling and contains an intensive skill development component which links these specific theories. This approach is then embedded in guidance and counselling practice.


The course covers the major theories of individual and group counselling, and group dynamics. Advanced counselling skills are introduced and practiced and the integration of conceptual frameworks with theory and micro-skills is facilitated through role play and group work. Students will be required to develop their own approach to guidance and counselling. This course emphasises both personal and professional self-exploration and development. Students will be required to practice independently and to attend a residential school. A compulsory residential school is scheduled to facilitate skill development.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical approaches to counseling practice in educational and other settings (Assignment 1 Part A / B, Residential School)
demonstrate competence in advanced micro-counselling skills (Assignment 1 Part B, Residential School)
demonstrate a personal and professional knowledge of specific aspects of school counselling and guidance (Assignment 2, Residential School)
demonstrate and justify their individual approach to counselling. (All assignments and Residential School)
Demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 1A, 2)


Description Weighting (%)
1. Individual counselling and specific therapeutic approaches: 1. person centred; 2. behavioral; 3. rational-emotive; 4. cognitive
2. Group counselling: 1. group dynamics; 2. group processes/interventions
3. Counselling skills - advanced: 1. confrontation; 2. focusing; 3. reflection of meaning; 4. influencing skills and strategies; 5. directives; 6. logical consequences; 7. feedback; 8. interpretation
4. Behavior of interventions; career development issues; educational planning and programming

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

Corey, G 2009, Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy, 8TH edn, Brooks/Cole/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA.

Ivey, A E, Ivey, M B & ZALAQUETT, C P 2010, Intentional interviewing and counselling: facilitating client development in a multicultural society, 7TH edn, Brooks/Cole Cengage Publishing Compnay, Belmont, CA.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Davis, T 2005, Exploring School Counselling: Professional Practices and Perspectives, La Haska Press, Boston, MA.


Assessments 25.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 50.00
Residential Schools 35.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (PART A) 30 30 27 Aug 2010  
ASSIGNMENT 1 (PART B) 30 30 24 Sep 2010 (see note 1)
INTENSIVE PRACTICE 1 1 24 Sep 2010 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 2 40 40 22 Oct 2010  
Please refer to your Introductory Book for further information.
Intensive practice will be held 20-24 September 2010. A mark of one (1) indicates you have successfully completed the requirements. Zero (0) indicates that you have not successfully completed the requirements. The weighting of 1% is used for administrative purposes only and is NOT included in the overall weighting for this course. Students are encouraged to complete this item via the residential school. Students unable to attend the residential school in person will complete an alternative activities negotiated with the Examiner.


  1. Attendance requirements:
    All students are encourages to attend the residential school. Students who are unable to participate in the residential school in person may negotiate alternative arrangements with the course examiner.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item, and have passed item assessed on pass/fail basis.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and must satisfactorily complete the practical counselling compent/s and the combined academic component/s.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.
  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These polices can be found at the URL


1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The USQ library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system.


  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.
  2. Students are to use a recognised referencing system a specified by the course Examiner.
  3. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc..) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the state of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.

This version produced 17 May 2011.