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CDS3000 Independent Project 2

Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology, Counselling and Community


Pre-requisite: CDS2002 and CDS3001 and CDS3002 and CDS3004 and PSY3030
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: PSY3050 and CDS3005

Other requisites

Students must be eligible for a Blue Card or its equivalent from State and Territory jurisdictions in order to complete Human Services programs at USQ. Students seeking to undertake a practicum must be officially authorised to work with children before they can be placed in a human service organisation. Information about application requirements and procedures can be found on the websites which are provided in Other Requirements.

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


This counselling practicum provides opportunities for students to develop professional and clinical skills within a supervised agency setting. The field experience and assessments are designed to integrate theory with practice. Students will develop a range of counselling, community education and organisational skills. A member of the academic staff will be selected to coordinate and evaluate the project. The course encourages students to develop independent research and implementation techniques that will culminate in reports that lend themselves to academic scrutiny. Outcomes of student, clinical supervisor and line supervisor negotiations must have the approval of the course examiner. Students may enrol in this course in any semester, and may complete the requirements at any time in a maximum twelve month period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students in industry placement) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencement of the placement. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: // *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTE 2: Students are not to commence work in the host organisation without authorisation from the assigned USQ staff member. The USQ staff member will need to approve the suitability of the host organisation, the work plan, and the clinical supervisor prior to starting. Failure to receive prior approval before starting will be working outside the parameters of the course and will not be recognised or supported by USQ or its insurance coverage. Additional information about the practicum can be found on the Bachelor of Human Services study desk site, on the main study desk page for Human Services students.

The Bachelor of Human Services (counselling major) is fully accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia Inc (PACFA).

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2014 Online
Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2014 Online