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Unit 207S

Unit 207S

Holistic Psychotherapy Practice And Supervision

Unit Description

This 6-credit point unit advances students’ understanding and application of psychotherapy in practice.

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. Students will also critically evaluate their application of skills within their practice by recording and reflecting on a client session.




Core Unit


Year 2, Semester 2




Christina Nielsen


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

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a) Accurately identify and apply key legal, ethical and professional requirements in their holistic psychotherapy practice

b) Utilise clinical supervision to support their development as psychotherapists, and to ensure they provide skillful and ethical psychotherapy for their clients

c) Prepare and present client cases in supervision sessions to demonstrate the integration of holistic psychotherapy knowledge and skills

d) Develop and apply skills in case formulation and treatment planning

e) Critically reflect on areas of professional practice and personal aspects of self in need of further development

f) Competently demonstrate application of holistic counselling and psychotherapy skills in practice

g) Competently demonstrate a range of process oriented skills and interventions in practice

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 11.87 hours per week over the semester, 190 hours in total.

  • 12 hours on-campus workshop intensive

  • 100 hours of placement including 25 client hours (recommended mimimum)

  • 10 hours supervision (at intensives and via Zoom during the semester)

  • 68 hours personal study

Delivery Mode

On-campus teaching comprises 12 hours in total - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Online delivery

1 hour Zoom discussion

Workshop intensive on-campus

Study Buddy activities

Eight hours over the semester

Graduate Attributes

Critical thinking
Our graduates will have critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and analyse information and make informed professional judgements
Lifelong learning
Our graduates will have the skills necessary to successfully manage their careers and continue their personal and professional development in rapidly changing environments across their career spans
Our graduates will have well-developed written and oral communication skills, including listening deeply and receiving, interpreting and transmitting complex information, on many levels of awareness with colleagues, clients and the community
Holistic awareness
Our graduates will have an in-depth understanding of how the physical body, the psyche and mind/ spirit/self are in constant interaction and relationship with each other and with the environment
Our graduates will have a highly developed understanding of their work roles and responsibilities and uphold a high level of professional conduct in their work
Ethical practice and integrity
Our graduates will demonstrate high ethical standards in their work and follow professional Codes of Ethics to do good (beneficence) and avoid harm (maleficence)
Our graduates will have advanced skills in collaborating respectfully with colleagues, teams and clients to enhance productive outcomes and manage conflict skilfully
Available In Courses

Available In Courses

This unit is available in the following courses:

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