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EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


EDU8332 is one of a suite of courses that make up the Guidance & Counselling Major in the Master of Education Program at USQ. EDU8332 is designed specifically for students who wish to pursue a career in guidance and counselling, school counselling, or as an educational psychology professional in educational and other settings. It is the first of two courses that focus on counselling in educational contexts, the second being EDU8333, Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts. The provision of counselling services in educational contexts is a feature of the position descriptions of Guidance Offices and School Counsellors across national and international settings. Guidance and counselling personnel along with a range of other school based student welfare professionals use counselling skills for a broad range of purposes relating to individuals in need and also in group processes and working in organisational roles.

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop an awareness and understanding of the key issues presented to guidance personnel in contemporary education settings and to develop basic counselling skills with these contexts in mind. A strong online pedagogy supports student learning and helps to build a sense of belonging to a community of practice where students are seen as significant contributors to knowledge building and skill development in this complex field. An ecological and case study approach is used to assist students develop skills in case analysis and formulation as part of the determination to engage in counselling as an intervention in an educational setting. This foundation work introduces the need for the development of high level skills in the application of basic counselling competencies in the service of student wellbeing. The delivery of counselling services in educational settings requires an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional competency issues that apply when working with children, adolescents and adults. These are canvassed throughout the course. The course will also provide an opportunity for students enrolled in the Career Development specialisation of the Postgraduate Certificate in education to apply basic counselling skills to career guidance and counselling practice.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 24 September 2023