COUN681-20W (C) Whole Year 2020

Solution-focused theory and skills with individuals and groups

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 August 2020

Description

Solution-focused therapy is a strengths-based model that emphasises clients' natural resources and successful experiences to help them bring about change and a shift toward their preferred future. The primary purpose of this course is to introduce you to the theory, skills and tools of solution-focused brief therapy. You will examine social constructionism, the theoretical perspective that accounts for shifts in clients' perceptions and definitions and enables them to work towards building a more favourable future. You will also have the opportunity to engage with what it is like to think and act in a solution-focused manner. The emphasis will be on providing a balance of theory and practice to assist you to gain knowledge and confidence in working with individuals, and co-leading groups integrating a solution focused approach with principles of social justice, bicultural and multicultural counselling.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will display evidence of understanding the social constructionist underpinning of the counselling/therapy relationship and interaction with diverse individuals and groups through completion of a literature review and in counselling practice.
  • Students will explore and reflect on the nature of the counselling interaction in terms of the diverse participants involved, their needs, meaning-making, expectations and desires.
  • Students will demonstrate effective use and reflective critique of solution-focused counselling practice with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Students will apply and reflect on principles of social justice, bicultural and multicultural counselling in groupwork.

Pre-requisites

Subject to the approval of the Head of the School of Health Sciences

Restrictions

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 102 9 Mar - 15 Mar
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451 9 Mar - 15 Mar
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:30 Wheki 451 9 Mar - 15 Mar
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Check LEARN 4 May - 10 May
Intensive Block Course E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 Check LEARN 4 May - 10 May
Intensive Block Course F
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451 3 Aug - 9 Aug
Intensive Block Course G
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451 3 Aug - 9 Aug
Intensive Block Course H
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451 3 Aug - 9 Aug
Intensive Block Course I
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451 21 Sep - 27 Sep
Intensive Block Course J
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451 21 Sep - 27 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Shanee Barraclough

Lecturer

Mairin Taylor

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature Review 09 Apr 2020 30% Thematic review of solution-focused counselling/therapy.
Solution-focused interview 17 May 2020 35% Recorded interview with class member and feedback from a reflective team. Self-reflective critique.
Group co-leadership exercise and reflective critique 05 Oct 2020 35% Co-leadership group exercise facilitated with members of the class (Sept 21 or 22). Submit written plan and reflexive critique of experience and learning.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Hanton, Paul; Skills in solution focused brief counselling & psychotherapy; SAGE, 2011.

Sharry, John; Solution-focused groupwork; 2nd ed; SAGE, 2007.

Recommended Reading

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

Additional readings will be provided on LEARN and in class.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST 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.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All COUN681 Occurrences

  • COUN681-20W (C) Whole Year 2020