Course Title: Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2017
Course Code: HWSS6121C
Course Title: Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies
Campus: City Campus
Program: C5360 - Diploma of Financial Counselling
Course Contact: Jo Wallwork
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3983
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nominal Hours: 120
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop a structured approach to counselling using advanced and specialised communication skills. The counselling skills developed within this cluster will be considered in a financial counselling context.
This course addresses four (4) units of competency:
- Establish and confirm the counselling relationship CHCCSL001
- Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills CHCCSL002
- Facilitate the counselling relationship and process CHCCSL003
- Support counselling clients in decision-making processes CHCCSL007
These four units are delivered and assessed together.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
E1. Assist clients to clarify goals and requirements
1.1 Explain clearly to clients the policy on record-keeping and confidentiality
1.2 Encourage clients to identify and explore their aims, requirements and ideas
1.3 Assist clients to identify practical goals and requirements for these, and discuss with clients how goals might be modified based on client strengths
1.4 Identify situations where aims and requirements of clients cannot be met, and make referrals to alternative sources of guidance and support
E2. Explore options with clients
2.1 Identify collaboratively potential courses of action for meeting individual aims and requirements
2.2 Identify and explore factors which could influence the preference for, and ability to achieve, a course of action
2.3 Determine and explore features and likely consequences of possible courses of action
2.4 Check client’s understanding of what is likely to be involved in each possible course of action
E3. Support client to reach decisions
3.1 Assist clients to assess possible advantages and disadvantages of each possible course of action, and their appropriateness for meeting client requirements
3.2 Encourage clients to decide on a course of action and to consider alternatives which could be used, if necessary
3.3 Document decisions and agreed ongoing support within organisation guidelines
On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. By applying these skills and this knowledge, you will be able to use specialised communication skills within a counselling process. You will be able to use a structured approach to establish the counselling process; work with clients to clarify goals, options, and courses of action; and manage the counselling process to its conclusion.
Details of Learning Activities
- Teacher directed group activities/projects
- Peer teaching
- Group discussion
- Analysis/critique of work
- Industry speakers
- Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
- Independent project based work
- Online and other research
- Independent study
Discuss ‘Person-centred practice’
Establishing the nature of the counselling relationship
Working on a plan for counselling in collaboration with client
Making documented agreement with the client
How to take notes unobtrusively
The sequence of a counselling interview
Identifying when specialised counselling interview skills are appropriate for inclusion, and when they can impact positively to enhance client development and growth
How to identify and respond appropriately to strong client emotional reactions
How to reflect on and evaluate how you have communicated with the client: (why do this? how to do this?)
Identify when/how/what skills need developing
Review last workshop: This covered how to establish the counselling relationship and set-up the first session. Also, the micro-skills required for effective counselling (communication techniques)
In this session we will consider the following:
Working with client barriers – these could be uncertainty/ambivalence/anxiety
How to support clients to experience and process difficulties
Paying attention to the particular story of the client in regard to parallels, links in client’s experience and meaningful interventions (related to client situation)
Strengths-based approach – what this is, how this can work in financial counselling context
Using techniques such as: reflecting back; clarification; review
Working with the client to look at underlying issues and collaboratively working on how to deal with them
Acknowledging and working with changes in client’s life as appropriate
Monitoring and reviewing counselling process with client to ensure relevance, including how counsellor and how client both perceive process and progress
How to address tension between client’s hopes/expectations and the reality of resource limitations
Facilitating change at a pace that the client can work with
How to bring the counselling process to a conclusion:
How to deal with what seems unresolved
Assisting clients to clarify goals and requirements
Review Communication techniques – micro-skills etc.
Exploring options with clients – look at this in counselling context and financial counselling context
What are consequences of possible courses of action? How to work with client to identify these, and how to ensure client understands these
Looking at possible courses of action – how to work with the client to look at possible advantages and disadvantages and how this matches client’s requirements – Use financial counselling context
Case study activities
Working with the client to decide on course of action, and how to consider alternatives where necessary.
Documenting decisions and agreeing ongoing support within organisational guidelines
Final assessment – in-class activity (group work)
Final assessment – in-class activity (group work)
RMIT will provide learning resources for this course. Students are expected to use Blackboard to access learning resources and assessment material for this course.
Overview of Assessment
Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through:
- Practical demonstration of skills
- Case study scenarios
- Written assignments/questions
This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment.
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher when you have completed the assessment tasks.
You should refer to the assessment plan which is available on Blackboard for details of each assessment task and for detailed assessment criteria. The dates noted below are provisional and may be subject to change.
Assessment Task 1: Role play activity (group work) & case study scenarios
Due date: In-class April 5/6 2017
Assessment Task 2: Case study scenario and written questions
Due date: April 30 2017
Assessment Task 3: Written response & Case study scenario with written questions
Due date: July 3 2017
Assessment Task 4: Case study scenarios and written questions & Role play activity
Due date: October 20 2017
Assessment Task 5: Role play simulated activity (group work) and written task.
Due date: In-class November 8 & 9 2017
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CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment
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