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CDS3005 Counselling Theory and Practice 3

Semester 2, 2020 External
Short Description: Counselling Theory & Practice3
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 : Graded


Examiner: Susan De Campo


Pre-requisite: CDS3004

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

There will be a four (4) day recommended residential school for this course. The dates and location can be found at Attendance at this residential school and online tutorials is recommended to enhance applied knowledge and assist with meeting professional association membership requirements.


Counselling practitioners operate within professional, ethical, and legal frameworks. They are required to maintain a range of practices to maintain professional competency, integrity, and personal resilience. This course prepares the counsellor to operate professionally within the values of the profession and will provide skills and knowledge to support ongoing professional development.


The student will understand the current place of counselling as a profession within the Australian context, will learn the functions and roles of receiving and providing clinical supervision, develop strategies for maintaining counselling effectiveness and personal resilience, and develop advanced awareness of ethical and legal guidelines and decision-making processes relevant to the counselling and supervisory roles.

This course contains a recommended residential school and online tutorials.


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

  1. develop awareness of the history and current context of counselling within Australia, including its professional associations;
  2. develop an understanding of theory and practice associated with the reception and provision of clinical counselling supervision;
  3. demonstrate an advanced understanding of relevant ethical codes, laws, and the Australian counselling profession standards. Students will also apply methodological processes for resolving challenging ethical dilemmas;
  4. demonstrate a capacity to develop individually and professionally through self-exploration, supervision, and through the development of strategies to enhance performance and build resilience.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The counselling profession in Australia 10.00
2. The person of the counsellor 10.00
3. Theory and practices of clinical supervision 50.00
4. Counselling, the law, ethics and applications 10.00
5. Ethical and professional decision making 10.00
6. Professional development of the counsellor 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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Scaife, J 2019, Supervision in clinical practice: A practitioner's guide, 3rd edn, Routledge, London, UK.

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.
Bernard, J & Goodyear, R 2019, Fundamentals of clinical supervision, 6th edn, Merrill, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Corey, G, Corey, MS & Callanan, P 2018, Issues and ethics in the helping professions, 10th edn, Brooks-Cole, Belmont, CA.
Norcross, JC & Guy, JD 2018, Leaving it at the office: A guide to psychotherapist self-care, 2nd edn, The Guildford Press, New York.
Welfel, ER 2016, Ethics in counseling and psychotherapy: Standards, research, and emerging issues, 6th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 40.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Private Study 35.00
Residential Schools 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 100 30 04 Aug 2020
ASSESSMENT 2 100 35 01 Sep 2020
ASSESSMENT 3 100 35 13 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are recommended to attend the residential school and online tutorials to enhance applied knowledge and assist with meeting professional association membership requirements. There are no weekly on-campus 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 also attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  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.

  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 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 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:
    As there are no examinations 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. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

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 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.

  2. The dates and location of the recommended residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Date printed 6 November 2020