Level 2: Advanced Applied Counselling Psychology

A Solution Oriented Approach

 

Designed to complement the our Level 1 course, this Level 2 program continues to evolve the concepts of contemporary counselling with an emphasis on professional and career development, as well developing skills and practice in the supervision of the learning of others.

The course focuses on developing student skill levels through the practice and demonstration of advanced micro contemporary techniques and the recording, each term, of student's sessional work for their own guided analysis. Students are required to develop a particular area of interest in order to make contribution in the form of the design, implementation and evaluation of a workshop and/or publishable work.

 

As an adjunct to the three four-day terms, the Level 2 program includes four weekend days of supervision, spread throughout the year.

 

Most students will also be eligible to participate in the Bendigo Professional Counselling Group on a voluntary basis, and will be required to attend regular small cell group meetings and complete six written, practical assignments to further their learning.

 

The course delivers a minimum contact time of 120 hours over three four-day terms (Thursday to Sunday), with an additional four supervision days.

 

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Course description

 

This course has been designed as a complementary addition to the Level 1: Applied Psychology Counselling program, and its advanced nature will require a grounding in the concepts and Solution Oriented traditions covered in that course. Consequently, some revisiting and revision will be a valuable and necessary part of the program, particularly in relation to the supervision of current participants. In extending the distinctions of the Level 1 program, this advanced program also provides an emphasis on the professional development of its students, particularly in the domain of career design and identity.

 

A major project is an ongoing feature of the program, where students are required to develop an area of their professional interest to make a professional contribution in the form of a publishable work and/or a workshop. The course has been designed to support this process from the design to implementation stage, including providing the relevant forums for the professional 'unveiling' of each project. Additionally, students gain tuition, experience and supervision in the art of facilitating the learning of others, in this case, students in the Level 1 program.

 

This aspect of the program not only extends the professional skills of participants, but also provides another window to view and utilize the distinctions under scrutiny, and opportunity to reinforce prior learning's.

 

As an adjunct to the three four-day terms, the course also offers a weekend (two days) of supervision. The content of these two days will be open to address the particular needs of students at that time. Students are also eligible to attend a sequence of monthly supervision evenings to be held throughout the year.

 

The course is offered in the tradition of all Ampersand Australia programs, where experiential learning, demonstrations and an optimal mood for an integrated and embodied learning experience will be emphasized.

 

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Term structure

 

This program takes place over nine months and includes three four-day workshops (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm), two days of clinical supervision, ongoing practice and assignments to develop and consolidate the learning. It is anticipated that students will also need to allow time to supervise study groups in the Level 1 program.

 

The course delivers a minimum contact time of 120 hours for the year. Students will also be required to meet on a regular basis in a small group setting to further their learning via practice, discussion and six written assignments.

 

 

Course outline

 

Term One

 

This term focuses on identifying, sharing and reviewing counselling distinctions that participants have found most powerful and effective, as well as examining a range of more advanced counselling practices.

 

With an emphasis on experiential learning, the term provides for some consideration and planning for the experience of supervision, as well as the development of a professional project relevant to an area of interest.

 

Other topics and processes include:

  • Establishing personal and group course outcomes
  • Solution Oriented Counselling: revisiting, rediscovering, re-experiencing and sharing distinctions
  • A linguistic view of 'the self' as an observer
  • Language, moods and body - a closer look at the concepts of 'congruence' and 'incongruence'
  • Embodying learning and learning to learn
  • Dealing with 'stuckness' in work and relationships
  • The art and experience of supervision
  • Peer supervision and supervising diploma students
  • Career design and enhancement
  • Defining your major project
  • Revising material for diploma course supervision.

Students must complete two assignments, attend study group meetings and conduct Level 1 program study group supervision.

 

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Term Two

 

Term two will continue our focus of evolving and practicing advanced counselling and supervisory practices. In addition, there will be a significant emphasis placed on developing a substantial professional offer, either in the form of a publishable paper and/or workshop.

 

Other major topics and processes include:

  • Reviewing and consolidating first term learning
  • Supervising the study group supervision
  • Beyond linguistics in counselling
  • Where did my body go?
  • Moods, emotions and the body
  • Preparation and design of major project
  • Professionalizing presentations
  • The art of designing, promoting and running workshops
  • Revising material for diploma course supervision.

Students must complete two assignments, attend study group meetings and conduct diploma study group supervision.

 

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Term Three

 

Term three has a primary focus on integrating strategies from the domains of language, mood and body into the general practice of effective counselling, from both a practitioner and client perspective. Emphasis is placed on career design and professional establishment issues.

 

Major topics and processes include:

  • Reviewing and consolidating first and second term learning
  • Supervising the study group supervision
  • Language, emotions and the body as separate and integrated modes of intervention
  • Debriefing, evaluating and speculating relative to the major project
  • Career as an ongoing process of design: designing the next step(s)
  • Self and course assessment of learning process
  • Revising material for diploma course supervision
  • Completion and celebration.

Students must complete one assignment, a case study, attend study group meetings and conduct Level 1 program study group supervision.

 

 

Course dates

 

Please go to our 'Course dates' page.

 

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