COUN5231 Fieldwork, Placement and Supervision 1

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 500 (2nd year)

Credit Points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)


-  All 6 first year units

-  2 second year units: COUN5201 AND either COUN5211 OR COUN5851

**The unit COUN5241 Field Placement and Supervision 2 must be taken in the subsequent term as these units are run as a back to back student placement. 

Mode(s) of Delivery: Online

Core/Elective: Core

Unit Description

This unit links theory to practice. Students consider how the parallel experiences of being on placement and reflecting on observations and feelings with a clinical supervisor can enhance skills, theoretical knowledge and personal insight. Self-awareness and critical reflection are fostered through discussion and reflective journal writing. In the weekly supervision sessions students present case conceptualisations, discuss placement occurrences and learn how clinical supervision can support career development. Placement provides students with opportunities to further develop, integrate and apply counselling theories and skills, and uphold the rights and autonomy of clients through ethical decision-making practice. Students apply a range of counselling skills and interventions to meet client needs, and analyse the influence of organisational, cultural and social contexts on their counselling practice.

Students attend two-hour supervision sessions with their Clinical Supervisor on a weekly basis for the duration of the trimester.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) Review, interpret, integrate, synthesise and apply an advanced theoretical knowledge of a range of theories, models and frameworks influencing contemporary counselling, mental health and wellbeing practice. 

b) Critically analyse, evaluate and apply information to complete a range of activities in counselling, with a commitment to the principles of ethical practice, social justice and sustainability. 

c) Professionally apply and transmit advanced knowledge to effectively demonstrate sophisticated levels of self-reflexivity, autonomy and adaptability, with diverse populations within multiple service provision contexts. 

d) Demonstrate an advanced capacity to critically analyse, synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level, using contemporary communication approaches.

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.

Counselling Placement and Supervision Classes

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes are offered On Campus and Online. On Campus class times may change between terms, whereas Online synchronous class times tend to be the same each term.

On Campus class times for current enrolment periods can be accessed here.

Online times can be accessed here (scroll down the page and open the document at the bottom of the page).

Students are encouraged to plan their unit enrolment early to avoid clashes with their placement or other units.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the Discipline of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic Misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.