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COU5011 Counselling Supervision/Teaching Practicum

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Counsel Super/Teach Prac
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090513 - Counselling
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Nathan Beel


Pre-requisite: COU5003 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH


With the goal of developing ethical, competent and culturally sensitive supervisors, leaders and teachers, students need an opportunity to apply the counselling knowledge and counselling and supervision theoretical orientations developed in earlier courses. This practicum will provide opportunities for ongoing growth (e.g., counselling, counselling supervision and teaching) in a supervised setting. Students will choose either a counselling supervision or teaching setting and will be evaluated by the site supervisor.


The course targets the application of knowledge, evaluation of dispositional characteristics and career planning. Students will be placed for the semester in either a supervision-focused or university teaching-focused practicum. In collaboration with the placement supervisor, students will develop placement objectives, engage in weekly online discussions and submit evidence of supervision/teaching competencies. Finally, students will learn about career pathways in their chosen domain and will develop a written plan to work towards the selected career or further educational goals.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate the organisational structure of the placement setting
  2. Develop a theoretical framework for supervision/teaching philosophy
  3. Analyse the influence of culture in the supervision/classroom setting
  4. Synthesise knowledge acquisition and experience related to supervision/teaching
  5. Develop a career plan


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Supervision/Teaching Models 14.00
2. Overview of Developmental Processes 14.00
3. Organisational Culture/Context 14.00
4. Overview of Assessment of Competencies 14.00
5. Multicultural Awareness 14.00
6. Ethical and Legal Issues 14.00
7. Researching Supervision/Teaching 16.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Bernard, J. M., & Goodyear, R. K 2013, Fundamentals of clinical supervision, 5th edn, Pearson, upper saddle River, NJ.

Reference materials

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.
Falender, C. A., & Shafranske, E. P 2008, Casebook for clinical supervision: A competency-based approach, American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
Pelling, N., Barletta, J., & Armstrong, P 2009, The practice of clinical supervision, Australian Academic Press, Stamford Valley, Qld.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 55.00
Directed Study 56.00
Online Lectures 10.00
Private Study 44.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 100 25 16 Jul 2019
Assignment 3 100 25 16 Jul 2019
Discussions 130 25 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 100 25 08 Aug 2019

  1. Weekly discussions based on journal articles and practicum experiences.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no weekly attendance requirements for this course however students will need to undertake a practicum placement. 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit each assessment item, achieve at least 50% for each individual assessment item and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. 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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. All assessments will be submitted electronically. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. 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).

  3. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  4. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students must use 6th edition APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

  5. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic submission elements. Students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment. All students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, external students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling, the Graduate Diploma of Counselling, and the Masters of Counselling, and is benchmarked against the:
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review;
o professional accreditation standards of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Training Standards, 2014.

Other requirements

  1. 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 this 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 the same grades as those students who do possess them.