Holistic Psychotherapy Practice and Supervision

Holistic Psychotherapy Practice and Supervision

Unit Description

Students will learn skills in case formulation, treatment planning, making referrals, and writing reports. They will develop skills in articulating and applying psychotherapy interventions.

This 6-credit point unit advances students’ understanding and application of psychotherapy in practice. Students will learn skills in case formulation, treatment planning, making referrals, and writing reports. They will develop skills in articulating and applying psychotherapy interventions. The function of clinical supervision in supporting the development of students as psychotherapists is explored. Students will present psychotherapy clients in supervision and receive feedback on their practice from their supervisor. Professional documents including client contracts, consent to release information forms, and supervision and counselling logs, are utilised in this unit.

Unit Code

207

Unit Type

Core Unit

Credit Points

6.0

Consultation Times

30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during the semester

Topics Covered

  • Understanding loss and grief across the lifespan
  • Classic theories and approaches to loss and grief
  • Contemporary theories and approaches to loss and grief
  • The holistic model of working with loss and grief
  • The role of the psychotherapist in dealing with loss and grief
  • Bereavement and palliative care counselling contexts
  • Holistic counselling and psychotherapy: Key practice skills for loss and grief
  • Ethical and professional aspects of loss and grief counselling

Learning Outcomes

  1. Personal and professional development as a psychotherapist
  2. What is psychotherapy supervision?
  3. Importance of ethical and professional practice
  4. Notetaking, record keeping and practice and supervision logs
  5. Presentation of psychotherapy cases in Process Oriented work
  6. Case formulation and treatment planning
  7. Application of holistic psychotherapy processes to practice

Assessment Overview

Psychotherapy session

Audiovisual recording of a psychotherapy session, demonstrating use of Process Work interventions as appropriate for the client's concerns and presenting problems (client consent required).

Case formulation

Write a formulation of the client's presentation and reflectively analyse the process in the session, drawing on references to support your analysis.

Reflective journal

Develop six entries about students’ experience of their psychotherapy practice and supervision, and their development as a psychotherapist, using reflective writing, images and source materials from the host organisation.

Client presentations

Prepare and present holistic psychotherapy client presentations in supervision throughout the semester.

Unit Resources

Prescribed reading

Carroll, M., & Gilbert, M. C. (2011). On being a supervisee: Creating learning partnerships (2nd ed). London, England: Bertrams.

Corey, G., Corey, M. S., Corey, C., & Callanan, P. (2014). Issues and ethics in the helping professions with 2014 ACA codes (9th ed). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing.

Gardner, F. (2014). Being critically reflective: Engaging in holistic practice. New York, NY: Palgrave.

Isted, L., & Freegard, H. (2012). Ethical practice for health professionals. South Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning Australia.

Shohet, R. (2007). Passionate supervision. London, England: Jessica Kingsley.

Delivery Mode

Workshop intensives on-campus

Workshop Intensive 1:

9:00 am to 5:30 pm
3.25 hours of teaching and learning

Workshop Intensive 3:

9:00 am to 5:30 pm
3.25 hours of teaching and learning

Online delivery
1.5 hour Zoom discussion mid-semester

Written by: Mr Samuel Minton • Created: July 21, 2020, 9:39 a.m.