Details for Professional Accountability

Note: This subject had been recoded to SSC319 from Semester 1, 2024 onwards.


This subject will provide classroom support for you while on supervised field placement.  It provides both 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, diagnoses, assessment and management through case conferences involving an approved mix of peer review, professional development and supervisors. This subject has been designed to comply with PACFA training requirement: Students must have com-pleted a course of which at least 100 hours is experiential. Experiential activities refer to clinical training methods, such as modelling by clinicians, counsellor-client practice, clinical placements, role-plays, and concrete and specific feedback.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC219
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Professional Accountability

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

Unit Content


  1. Explain and use professional frameworks and guidelines of practice;
  2. Demonstrate competence in assessment, wisdom in intervention, promptness in necessary referrals and ethical principles in counselling and/or ministry situations;
  3. Prepare and discuss material from caseloads and key incidents in a confidential, orderly, informative and coherent manner, arguing for and defending hypotheses but able to demonstrate an ability to consider the expert opinions of others and reflect these in future practice;
  4. Critically analyse issues and challenges in professional practice from a Christian worldview.

Subject Content

  • Professional placement requirements
  • Understanding individual and group supervision
  • Presentation skills for supervision
  • Professional issues in supervision
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Professional practice and case management

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Work Context Paper and Presentation (25%)
  • Case Reports A and B (50%)
  • Challenging Issues Presentation and Paper (25%)

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 prior to purchasing any textbooks.