The primary purpose of this unit is the learner’s supervised practical experience in counselling which offers an opportunity for observation, counselling clients, reflection, including from a Christian perspective, and supportive and close supervision.
After completion of initial orientation sessions and support in making the transition from the college situation, learners undertake practical professional counselling experience in a counselling agency within the community. Learners shall undertake counselling work in community agencies working with real clients in a graded and supervised fashion, depending upon their ability and readiness. Generally, students will commence their placement by first observing experienced counsellors working in counselling sessions and progress from observation to working as a co-counsellor to taking on their own clients.
This professional development will take place within a supportive supervisory context. Learners will receive two sources of clinical supervision. They will have the individual supervision of a field supervisor who will be an experienced counsellor in the agency or site where they are doing their placement. This will be complemented by a second tier of supervision in the form of tutorials and group supervision sessions with college professionals and other learners enrolled in the unit.
+ Preparing for placement
+ Supervision Requirements