PROFCOUN 701A/B : Counselling Laboratory

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester One (1233) / Semester Two (1235) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An intensive "laboratory" in which students work in small groups to develop skills and strategies for the facilitation of counselling processes. PROFCOUN 701 also provides a continuous opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice, and to develop confidence and effectiveness in their role as counsellors.

Course Overview

This course comprises a combination of supervised skill development “laboratory” work in small groups. The aim of the course is to provide an intensive opportunity for students to develop skills and strategies for the facilitation of the counselling process. This is a year-long programme that provides close supervision and support from university staff, field supervisors, clinical supervisors and peers. 

Course Requirements

To complete this course students must enrol in PROFCOUN 701 A and B

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Counselling

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate skills and strategies for effective facilitation of the counselling process. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  2. Demonstrate integration of counselling theory, relevant knowledge regarding client circumstances and needs, and counselling practice. (Capability 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2 and 5.1)
  3. Demonstrate ability to provide peers with constructive feedback and incorporate constructive feedback from others into their personal functioning in their professional roles. (Capability 3.2, 4.2, 5.3 and 6.2)
  4. Engage in personal reflection and growth, relevant to effective functioning as a counsellor. (Capability 4.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  5. Engage appropriately in professional counselling placement and clinical supervision. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1 and 6.2)
  6. Develop confidence and effectiveness in their roles as counsellors both in the Laboratory and the placement or workplace settings.


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 1: Analysis of Personal Issue 30% Individual Coursework
Assignment 2: Practical laboratory work 70% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Assignment 1: Analysis of Personal Issue
Assignment 2: Practical laboratory work

To pass this course students must submit all assignments and achieve at least 50% of the overall course.

Students must also have at least 80% attendance at laboratory sessions.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course delivered across two semesters (7.5 points per semester), and will include two assessments; one in semester 1 and one in semester 2.

On average, students are expected to spend 150 hours in each 15  point course that they are enrolled in.
 Therefore, for this course you should expect to commit 24 hours per semester to direct contact via on-campus counselling laboratory practice. Attendance at timetabled laboratory practice is compulsory.

You can also reasonably expect to commit up to 100 hours to independent learning across the two semesters. This may include reading (and more reading), note-taking, face-to-face and/or discussion, writing, engaging in collaborative group work, problem solving, undertaking practical tasks, reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment,  preparation and completion.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

At least 80% attendance is required at scheduled  weekly labs to receive credit for the practical components of the course.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

This course is practical and experiential. Classes take the form of interactive small groups of between 4 and 5 students and one tutor. Students are expected to practice counselling each other within a safe and supervised environment. Recordings will be made of each counselling session and made available for review and critique via a secure section of the CANVAS page. These recordings are only available to group members.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

This course has received consistently positive feedback from students.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 04/11/2022 06:16 p.m.