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This occurrence is not offered in 2020
This course aims to introduce students to the theory and skills of a postmodern model of brief counselling called solution-focused counselling which aims to help clients identify and implement workable solutions to problems.
This course provides the opportunity for students to examine the theoretical basis of solution-focused counselling and to develop competence in the basic relational and empowering conversational skills of counselling within a solution-focused framework. Social constructionism accounts for shifts in clients’ perceptions and definitions and enables them to work towards building their own preferred future. Students will have the opportunity to engage with what it is like to think and act in a solution-focused manner. Students will be encouraged to be both self-reflective and reflexive in their learning.
Students will be able to:Understand the implications of a social constructionist position on the counselling/therapy interaction. Understand and apply principles of solution-focused counsellingUnderstand the nature of the counselling interaction in terms of the participants involved, their needs, meaning making, expectations and desires.Demonstrate effective use of solution-focused skills.Demonstrate ability to use self-reflection and reflexion to improve practice.
Subject to the approval of the Head of the School of Health Sciences
Skills in solution focused brief counselling & psychotherapy;
De Jong, Peter , Berg, Insoo Kim;
Interviewing for solutions;
Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A Pass is 50 marks or over
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.
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.
Resubmissions are not accepted.
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: (http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucpolicy/GetPolicy.aspx?file=aegrotatconsiderationprocedure.pdf)
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 OfficeAssignmentsCollege of Education, Health and Human DevelopmentUniversity of CanterburyPrivate Bag 4800Christchurch 8140
Domestic fee $942.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences.