COUN681-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Solution-focused theory and skills with individuals and groups

30 points

Details:
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

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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Pre-requisites

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

Restrictions

COUN678; COUN679

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
15 Mar - 21 Mar
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
15 Mar - 21 Mar
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:30 Wheki 451
15 Mar - 21 Mar
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451 (3/5)
Wheki 102 (3/5)
3 May - 9 May
Intensive Block Course E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:30 Wheki 451 (4/5)
Wheki 450 (4/5)
3 May - 9 May
Intensive Block Course F
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
9 Aug - 15 Aug
Intensive Block Course G
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
9 Aug - 15 Aug
Intensive Block Course H
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
9 Aug - 15 Aug
Intensive Block Course I
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
20 Sep - 26 Sep
Intensive Block Course J
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
20 Sep - 26 Sep

Course Coordinators

Shanee Barraclough and Mairin Taylor

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature Review 26 Apr 2021 30% Thematic review of solution-focused counselling/therapy.
Solution-focused interview 31 May 2021 35% Recorded interview with class member and feedback from a reflective team. Self-reflective critique.
Group co-leadership exercise and reflective critique 04 Oct 2021 35% Co-leadership group exercise facilitated with members of the class (Sept 20 or 21). Written Plan including review of literature used to inform topic and planning. Reflexive critique of experience and learning.

Textbooks / Resources

There are two texts required for this course:

Hanton, P. (2011). Skills in solution focused brief counselling & psychotherapy.
London: Sage.

Sharry, John (2007) Solution-focused groupwork. (2nd Ed); London: SAGE.

Additional readings will be provided on LEARN and in class.

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.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All COUN681 Occurrences

  • COUN681-21W (C) Whole Year 2021