COUN681-24W (C) Whole Year 2024

Solution-focused theory and skills with individuals and groups

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 17 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 25 August 2024

Description

Solution-focused therapy is a strengths-based model that emphasises clients' natural resources and successful experiences to help them bring about change and a shift toward their preferred future. The primary purpose of this course is to introduce you to the theory, skills and tools of solution-focused brief therapy. You will examine social constructionism, the theoretical perspective that accounts for shifts in clients' perceptions and definitions and enables them to work towards building a more favourable future. You will also have the opportunity to engage with what it is like to think and act in a solution-focused manner. The emphasis will be on providing a balance of theory and practice to assist you to gain knowledge and confidence in working with individuals, and co-leading groups integrating a solution focused approach with principles of social justice, bicultural and multicultural counselling.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will display evidence of understanding the social constructionist underpinning of the counselling/therapy relationship and interaction with diverse individuals and groups through completion of a literature review and in counselling practice.
  • Students will explore and reflect on the nature of the counselling interaction in terms of the diverse participants involved, their needs, meaning-making, expectations and desires.
  • Students will demonstrate effective use and reflective critique of solution-focused counselling practice with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Students will apply and reflect on principles of social justice, bicultural and multicultural counselling in groupwork.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Prerequisites

Subject to approval of the Head of School

Restrictions

COUN678; COUN679

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
11 Mar - 17 Mar
02 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 102
11 Mar - 17 Mar
03 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 105
11 Mar - 17 Mar
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
11 Mar - 17 Mar
02 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 102
11 Mar - 17 Mar
03 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 103
11 Mar - 17 Mar
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
11 Mar - 17 Mar
02 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 106
11 Mar - 17 Mar
03 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 102
11 Mar - 17 Mar
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
29 Apr - 5 May
02 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 106
29 Apr - 5 May
03 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 105
29 Apr - 5 May
Intensive Block Course E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:30 Wheki 451
29 Apr - 5 May
02 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:30 Wheki 106
29 Apr - 5 May
03 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:30 Wheki 103
29 Apr - 5 May
Intensive Block Course F
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
5 Aug - 11 Aug
02 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 106
5 Aug - 11 Aug
03 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 103
5 Aug - 11 Aug
Intensive Block Course G
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
5 Aug - 11 Aug
02 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 106
5 Aug - 11 Aug
03 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 103
5 Aug - 11 Aug
Intensive Block Course H
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
5 Aug - 11 Aug
02 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 106
5 Aug - 11 Aug
03 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 102
5 Aug - 11 Aug
Intensive Block Course I
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
16 Sep - 22 Sep
02 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 106
16 Sep - 22 Sep
03 Monday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 103
16 Sep - 22 Sep
Intensive Block Course J
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 451
16 Sep - 22 Sep
02 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 450
16 Sep - 22 Sep
03 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 103
16 Sep - 22 Sep

Course Coordinator

Tom Sykes

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Literature Review 15 Apr 2024 30% Thematic review of solution-focused counselling/therapy.
Solution-focused video 17 Jun 2024 35% Part A: Recorded interview with class member and feedback from a reflective team. Recorded within class during Block 2 in May. Part B: Written self-reflective critique.
Group co-leadership exercise and reflective critique 07 Oct 2024 35% Part A: Co-leadership group exercise facilitated with members of the class. Presented within class during Block 3 in September. Part B: Written plan submitted that includes a review of the literature used to inform the topic and planning, as well as a reflexive critique of your experience and learning. This can be submitted with your coleader. Due 7 or 8 October.

Textbooks / Resources

There are two texts required for this course:

Hanton, P. (2011). Skills in solution focused brief counselling & psychotherapy.
London: Sage.

Sharry, John (2007) Solution-focused groupwork. (2nd Ed); London: SAGE.

Additional readings will be provided on LEARN and in class.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,219.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 9 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All COUN681 Occurrences

  • COUN681-24W (C) Whole Year 2024
  • COUN681-24X1 (O) Special non-calendar-based One 2024 (UC Online) - Not Offered