EDF6541 - Field experience in counselling - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Ms Angela Gorman-Alesi

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Flexible)


The unit is a field placement (practicum) and develops a range of professional skills and acquaints students with issues of professional ethics and practice in counselling. Students complete one placement where they are required to spend a total of 280 hours, of which 100 hours are 'contact' hours (face-to-face counselling) and 180 hours are 'non contact'. Students are also required to participate in weekly online discussion groups and postings throughout the duration of the placement.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. develop advanced knowledge and skills in professional practice and competency
  2. gain experience in the implementation of ethical principles in field practice
  3. write reports and case notes
  4. make appropriate specialist and agency referrals
  5. gain an advanced knowledge of local human services systems
  6. understand of legal and ethical principles relevant to the field of counselling.


Overall students must complete a minimum of 280 hours (35 days) of field placement experience, including a minimum of 100 client contact hours


Written case report (4000 words, 60%)

Supervisor evaluation (4000 words equivalent, 40%) (comprising 30% Field Supervisor and 10% University supervisor)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 3-hour workshop per week plus field experience
  2. Contact hours for off-campus students:
    • online activities/discussions plus field experience
  3. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • intensive teaching sessions requiring student engagement prior to, during and after sessions
  4. Additional requirements for all students:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

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