CDS1002 Counselling Skills
|Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities and Communication|
|Version produced :||21 July 2014|
Examiner: Nathan Beel
Moderator: Eileen Edmonds
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
Recommended prerequisites or co-requisites: CMS1000 or CMS1008 or CMS1009
Students in the counselling major who cannot attend the residential school may apply to attend the following year, may consider transferring to BHMS (Child and Family) or another major, or stay within the program and potentially graduate without eligibility for PACFA membership. The residential school will be held at USQ Toowoomba over five consecutive days from 9am to 4:30pm daily, from Mon 23 September through to Friday 27 September 2013. Students are responsible for arranging and financing their own travel, accommodation and meals. There is an on-site student refectory for meals and refreshments. Information about accommodation can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/toowoomba/accommodation. Students are required to bring a pen, writing paper, and USB thumb drive.
The intention for this course is to prepare students for competency in the knowledge and practical application of generic and foundational counselling microskills. These skills are essential for supportive and therapeutic communication within a range of caring professions including counselling, human services, psychology, nursing, and teaching. Students will learn and apply counselling microskills within a structured framework. The course will take students from basic to advanced level counselling skills.
This course introduces students to counselling within the helping professions and key values that counselling operates from. It introduces a framework of helping, including structured stages and tasks. Within this framework, students will learn specific communication and counselling skills that are foundational in the majority of counselling modalities.
IMPORTANT NOTE #: Students studying this in external mode may have important residential school attendance requirements. Please see section 'Other requirements' for more information.
The Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling) is fully accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia (PACFA).
On successful completion of this course students will have:
- developed a theoretical understanding of the Egan Model and its individual microskills;
- demonstrated ability to appropriately utilise basic counselling and interviewing skills;
- demonstrated self-awareness, openness to learn, and the ability to receive and implement feedback;
- demonstrated ability to observe, identify, and critically evaluate basic counselling skills;
- demonstrated ability to understand and demonstrate ethical and therapeutic values in interviewing.
|1.||The helping role||10.00|
|2.||The helping relationship||10.00|
|3.||The helping model||10.00|
|4.||Understanding the presenting story||10.00|
|5.||Listening and empathic responding skills||10.00|
|6.||Probing and summarising||10.00|
|7.||Raising client awareness: Assisting with client self-challenge||10.00|
|8.||Clarifying goals and preferences||10.00|
|10.||Implementing the helping model||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=CDS1002)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)
Egan, G 2013, Exercises in helping skills: a manual to accompany the skilled helper, 10th edn, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.
Egan, G 2013, The skilled helper: a problem-management and opportunity development approach to helping, 10th edn, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.
Geldard, D & Geldard, K 2009, Basic personal counselling: a training manual for counsellors, 6th edn, Pearson Education Australia.
(A brief, easy to read, counselling skills text.)
Ivey, AE, Ivey, MB & Zalaquett, CP 2010, Intentional interviewing and counselling: facilitating client development in a multicultural world, 7th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA.
(A comprehensive microskills training equivalent.)
Student workload requirements
|Private Study or Practice||75.00|
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|VIDEO||100||70||21 Oct 2013|
|CMA||100||20||25 Oct 2013|
|PARTICIPATION||10||10||25 Oct 2013|
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.
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.
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.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
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 policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.
Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.
In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.
The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.
Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.
Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.
Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).
Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.
To gain eligibility for membership in a PACFA counselling association students need to successfully complete the Bachelor of Human Services Counselling major and ensure they have met the minimum face to face tuition requirements for CDS1001, CDS1002, CDS3001, CDS3002, CDS3004, and CDS3005. Graduates will receive a record of attendance on request. Students may still graduate with the BHMS Counselling major if they do not attend classes or residential schools, however this may affect their eligibility for membership of PACFA Associations. All students in the counselling major are strongly encouraged to attend classes or residential schools for all CDS courses listed here as an integral part of their professional counsellor development and preparation.
Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.
The residential school will be held at USQ Toowoomba over five consecutive days from 9am to 4:30pm daily, from Monday 23 September through to Friday 27 September 2013. Students are responsible for arranging and financing their own travel, accommodation and meals. There is an on-site student refectory for meals and refreshments. Information about accommodation can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/toowoomba/accommodation. Students are required to bring a pen, writing paper, textbook and accompanying exercise book, and USB thumb drive.