Details for Practicum A

This subject provides an intensive learning experience in practical counselling. You will learn from experience by working with counsellees in a clinical setting, supplemented by individual and group supervision, and the opportunity to reflect on your cases in other subjects in the course. You will also gain a broader understanding of presenting problems, diagnosis, assessment and management through case conferences involving an approved mix of peer review, professional development and supervisors.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EXP450
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Katherine Hurrell


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Practicum A

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Evaluate presenting and underlying problems and think strategically about possible explanations – individual, systemic, cultural, psychological and spiritual;
  2. Work with individual autonomy and as part of a team; use and continue to develop a network of supportive relationships with professionals in other settings;
  3. Critically discuss cultural issues in their sector and show sensitivity and respect when dealing with clients of different cultural backgrounds;
  4. Demonstrate competence in assessment, wisdom in intervention, promptness in necessary referrals, and ethical principles in counselling/pastoral care situations.

Subject Content

  • Supervised practical experience which offers opportunity for observation, client contact, reflection and critical supervision
  • Experience of the working practices of the placement context and operating within its administrative framework
  • Opportunity to explore, discuss and share their personal growth in relationship to placement
  • Participating in a professional supervised relationship

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (on campus)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Placement Log Book (20%)
  • Supervision, PD and Research Portfolio (40%)
  • Live Client Session and Analysis (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Cleak, H.M., & Wilson, J. (2019). Making the most of field placement (4th ed.). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any textbooks.