COUN675-21W (D) Whole Year 2021 (Distance)

Professional Counselling Practice I

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


This course aims to enable students to develop and practise effective and purposeful collaborative interventions with clients.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to:
  • Understand the nature of the counselling interaction in terms of the participants involved, their needs, expectations and desires.
  • Demonstrate effective use the solution-focused model of helping in a counselling setting.
  • Understand the implications of socio-cultural contexts in counselling.


Subject to approval of the Head of School of Health Sciences


EDEM 672

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mairin Taylor


Shanee Barraclough

This course is only available to those people who are selected from an interview.  Applications open on September 1 and close on October 1.  
The primary purpose of this course is to enable students to work effectively as a counsellor in a placement. Selected students apply for and engage in a counselling placement for at least one half day per week.  Here they have the opportunity to practice newly acquired counselling skills whilst extending their knowledge and understanding of counselling within an agency/school. Reflexive practice combined with clinical supervision is essential for maximum benefit.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Professional Portfolio 100%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

De Jong, Peter , Berg, Insoo Kim; Interviewing for solutions ; 4th ed; Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, 2013.

Recommended Reading

Crocket, Kathie. , Agee, Margaret Nelson., Cornforth, Sue; Ethics in practice : a guide for counsellors ; Dunmore Pub, 2011.

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Additional Course Outline Information


100% attendance required.


Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.

Late submission of work

All assignments within the course portfolio must be completed .

Requests for extensions

In the event of exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) that prevent you from working, you may apply for an extension before the due date for an assignment.  You should contact the lecturer responsible for that piece of assessment in writing, and explain why you are requesting an extension. Evidence to support your application must be provided (e.g. medical certificate). Extensions cannot extend past the date on which the assignment is handed back to other students.

Aegrotat Considerations

If you are prevented from completing any major item or items of work for assessment in a course, or consider that your performance in any major item or items of work for assessment in a course has been impaired by illness, injury, bereavement or any other critical circumstance you may apply for aegrotat consideration. Aegrotat consideration is available only for major items of work. Major items are examinations, tests and other work worth not less than 10% of the total assessment. Please refer to the UC Policy: (

Where to submit and collect work

FLO students are to submit hard copy Assignments with a cover sheet to the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

By Hand:
Deliver to Assignment Room - Level 2, Rehua by 5.00pm, or at a time directed by course lecturer, on or before the due date.

By Mail:
Send to;
Student and Programme Office
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,905.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 12

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All COUN675 Occurrences

  • COUN675-21W (D) Whole Year 2021 (Distance)