VET AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GUIDE - 2015/16 Domestic Students
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ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 Welcome to ACAP ACAP provides courses in applied psychology and related fields. Our key program areas are: • Case Management • Coaching • Counselling • Psychology • Social Science • Social Work Read on to find out more about studying at ACAP.
1 WELCOME ENRICHING LIVES TO UNLOCK OPPORTUNITIES By 2020, ACAP will be recognised and trusted as a leading tertiary education institution in applied psychology and related fields throughout Australia and the region. Message from the Principal and Executive General Manager, Navitas Professional Institute Pty Ltd Welcome to the Australian College of Applied a counsellor, psychologist, case worker or social Psychology (ACAP). For 30 years, we have been worker, our aim is to produce graduates who can teaching applied psychology and helping to take the skills they learn at ACAP and apply them prepare our students to change lives – to make immediately in the workforce. a difference. You can choose to study on campus at one of our Our team of experienced academics and industry centrally located city campuses, by online delivery professionals are committed to delivering a or both. Whichever you choose, our support team practical learning environment and the latest in will provide you with the necessary academic and work practices and industry developments. personal support throughout your studies to We provide a distinctive educational experience achieve your goals. based on hands‑on learning. Our philosophy is simple: The best way for you to learn about I look forward to welcoming you to ACAP. human interaction is to interact. Andrew Little Principal and Executive General Manager, Whether you want to build more effective Navitas Professional Institute Pty Ltd communication and team management skills, or get the qualifications you need to practise as
2 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 Why choose ACAP? ACAP offers a unique approach to learning that Assessment types vary with each course and some units include examinations. encourages you to develop your communication and However, the majority of assessments relationship building abilities. We support you as you mirror examples from professional practice, such as reports and written assignments, learn the skills needed to make a real difference in a critical reflections, group work, role-plays, diverse range of careers. laboratory experience and supervised work placements (Student Placement). Study where and when You will be taught by qualified academics Practise your skills while you it suits you* and teaching staff who are also practicing study and graduate work ready professionals with extensive industry The Bachelor of Applied Social Science, • We have campuses in Adelaide, experience, a thorough knowledge of their Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. disciplines and an understanding of the Counselling (Coaching) and Bachelor of • Study on campus, online or by latest work practices. Social Work include Student Placements, blended delivery. which are unpaid work placements in • Combine different study modes to suit Small classes and organisations related to your study. your lifestyle. interactive learning Placements allow you to practise your skills • Start your course at any of our three Our small classes, group discussions, in a work environment, meet professionals trimester start dates. simulations and role-play activities allow working in the industry and build valuable you to really get to know your fellow experience and referees to add to your To find out which courses are offered students and teaching staff. Some resumé – before you graduate. Therefore, on each campus and in what study disciplines include lectures. The classes you graduate with the skills and experience modes, go to the course information emphasise interaction of staff and students, needed to help start your career. on pages 10–25. To see our current trimester start dates, please visit the exchange of ideas and experience and acap.edu.au/current-students/key-dates. play a key role in helping you achieve your personal and professional goals. Our expertise Varied assessment strategies ACAP has over 30 years of experience in teaching applied psychology with specialist Assessments give you an opportunity courses in counselling, psychology, to demonstrate your learning and coaching, social work and social science. receive feedback on your progress. FAST FACTS • The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) has been in operation for over 30 years and is a leader in applied psychology education. • ACAP has over 5,500 students studying at our four campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, online delivery or by blended delivery. • Since 2007, ACAP has been a UNICEF Corporate Champion for Children. • We contribute to UNICEF’s development programs in over 150 countries and territories. * Not all courses are available on all campuses and in all delivery modes or trimesters. For further information, visit acap.edu.au
WHAT DOES ACAP OFFER? 3 What does ACAP offer? ACAP programs are built on a core foundation of Coaching applied psychology – which covers what motivates Modern challenges such as achieving your full potential or balancing work and human behaviour, and how you can communicate life, have led to a huge growth in life with and support people in any setting. coaching, executive coaching, personal coaching and performance coaching. This emerging field draws on positive psychology theories. As a graduate of Counselling support services. Some graduates continue our Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching), Practice in this profession requires in-depth their studies in psychology with the aim you can support others in achieving their training to integrate theory and practice. of becoming registered psychologists short and long-term goals by developing a The work may be short term or long term, and others undertake further specialist positive approach to all areas of their lives. depending on the nature of the difficulties, study for careers in diverse areas such and may involve working with individuals, as allied health, teaching and business. Social Science couples, families or groups. Counsellors Our higher education psychology degree take into account the cultural and socio- The discipline of social science is about has conditional accreditation by the political context in which the client lives understanding what drives modern society. Australian Psychology Accreditation and how these factors affect the presenting Our Bachelor of Applied Social Science Council (APAC). This provides graduates problem. Professional practitioners value and Associate Degree of Applied Social of these courses with certainty that such differences and avoid discrimination Science are specifically designed to these course qualifications meet on the basis of these aspects of identity. equip graduates with the knowledge and the training standards of APAC. experience to make their way in careers Our Diploma of Counselling is offered to that shape our society on individual, those students wanting to work in the Case Management local, regional, national and international Community Services Industry utilising The study of case management levels. We focus on developing practical their counselling skills as support workers enables students to learn an approach skills in critical thinking and problem across a number of key target areas to service delivery that focuses on solving and also provide workplace including drug and alcohol, mental health identifying the needs of the client, experience so that you graduate not and phone counselling services. Further and then designing and implementing only well qualified, but work ready. work can be undertaken in generalist strategies aimed at meeting those community based organisations such needs. The case management approach Social Work as refuges and multicultural/migrant is underpinned by comprehensive Social work is a professional, practical services working in a case management assessment, client-centred action plans and academic discipline underpinned framework. This course provides strong and individualised service delivery so by principles of human rights, collective foundation skills for transitioning to higher that clients are treated holistically. responsibility and social justice. Social education qualifications within ACAP. The goal is to empower the client and workers assess the needs of individuals, Our Bachelor of Counselling and Bachelor ensure that they are involved in all aspects families and groups, assisting and of Counselling (Coaching) courses are of the planning and service arrangement. empowering them to develop and use accredited by PACFA, the Psychotherapy the skills needed to resolve social and and Counselling Federation of Australia. Our nationally recognised qualification other problems, and to foster human This ensures that when you graduate you is designed to equip you with the skills wellbeing. Social work is a complex and have recognition and credibility within required to work in case management nuanced discipline which is thoroughly the counselling profession as well as the roles in the community services sector. grounded in the client’s context and skills needed to work as a counsellor, their place in the wider community. or in a counselling-related field. Psychology Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. The knowledge base of psychology is developed through creating and testing theories about what determines how people think, feel and behave at an individual, group, organisational and community level. Psychology graduates build careers in areas where a knowledge of psychology and well‑developed research and writing skills are valued such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, juvenile justice and immigration, and refugee
4 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 ACAP campuses ACAP has four city campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Each campus offers a unique experience while delivering the same course content and quality teaching. You can also combine your on-campus learning with studying online or by blended delivery. Each of our four campuses is in the heart Brisbane of the city, easily accessible via public Our Brisbane campus is in the centre transport and just a short walk from parks, of the CBD, just five minutes’ walk from cafés and shopping districts. the Brisbane River so you can enjoy the relaxed, sunny lifestyle Brisbane has Adelaide to offer. Our Adelaide campus is just minutes from Sydney Adelaide’s premier shopping, dining and Melbourne Our Sydney campus is located in the entertainment venues. Melbourne campus is near Chinatown in the centre of the city, at Wynyard Green, centre of cosmopolitan Melbourne’s CBD. and is the largest of our four campuses. ADELAIDE CAMPUS BRISBANE CAMPUS Level 5, 16–20 Coglin Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Ground Floor, East Tower, 410 Ann Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 MELBOURNE CAMPUS SYDNEY CAMPUS Level 10, 123 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Level 5, 11 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000 * Not all courses are available on all campuses and in all delivery modes or trimesters. For further information, visit acap.edu.au
5 STUDYING AT ACAP Studying at ACAP At ACAP, you can study on campus, online or by blended Online class spaces delivery. Regardless of the mode of delivery, our units and ACAP’s online class spaces are central for all students who study at ACAP, whether modules use the same curriculum and trimester structure. they study online, on campus or by blended delivery. The class space is the place where students connect with each On-campus study activities and completing assessments. other and their teacher through tools such On-campus study typically requires a total Your teacher for each unit or module will as discussion forums, live chat and web of three hours per week of classes for each guide the class by introducing content, conferencing. All materials are available in module or unit. This may be one three asking for your thoughts and insights the online class space including readings hour class, or a combination of lecture and and sequencing and pacing activities and written content, video lectures and tutorial formats. So, if you are taking three throughout the trimester. For some courses presentations, activities and instructions. units or modules you will spend nine hours if you are undertaking all or part of your Most assessments are submitted through in classes per week. Classes are held in course by online delivery you may be the online class space and feedback and the morning, afternoon and evenings, with required to attend the relevant workshops grades are also located here. some weekend classes. at an ACAP campus. For further information see pages 10–25. Technology required Each campus may run classes at different All ACAP students need to have ready days and times and not all units or modules Blended delivery access to high-speed internet and an are available at all times on all campuses. Some courses are delivered by a ‘blend’ of understanding of how to use the web and In addition to attending classes, on-campus online and on-campus learning. Throughout email in order to study at the College. students have access to their online class the trimester, students in blended Familiarity with word processing programs space, where they can access resources, delivery units and modules are required such as Microsoft Word is also required for submit assessment and receive feedback to undertake activities, assessment, preparing and submitting assignments. and marks. Some on-campus components and self-study through the online class are compulsory. More information can be space as well as attend on-campus class Custom made study options found on course information pages 10–25. sessions, which are programmed at We understand you have other relevant times throughout the trimester. Studying online For example, some blended delivery units commitments outside of study, so you can choose your campus and class times, Studying online offers maximum flexibility and modules may require students to and you can also mix and match your and is best suited to students who are attend a day workshop once per month or study modes — subject to availability by self-motivated and/or are unable to a class session a few times in the trimester. course. You can choose your mode of attend on-campus classes on a regular Dates for on-campus components are study for each unit or modules (subject basis. If studying online, you will be available in advance so students can plan to availability) at the beginning of each allocated into an online class with a their commitments around attendance trimester, but once enrolled you must dedicated teacher, the same as if you requirements. Each course may have complete each unit or modules in the mode were studying face-to-face. You will need different on-campus requirements and in which you commenced that trimester. to devote the same number of hours per specific information is available on week to reading the course material, pages 10–25. contributing to group discussions and
6 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 Gain experience while you study ACAP offers you the chance to work while you study • Carers NSW so that you graduate with valuable and practical experience. • CatholicCare • Centacare Family Services • Department of Communities, What is a Student Placement? For some of our students, their placement Child Safety and Disability Services A Student Placement is a period of unpaid leads to permanent employment with the • Department of Family and work experience and is designed to give organisation in which they complete their Community Services (FACS) you a good overview of the different types placement. Student Placements can help • DepressioNet of work available in your chosen field. you to: • Enough is Enough • identify where you would like to work • Equity Research ACAP courses that have a • increase your confidence and your skills Student Placement • Initiatives of Change • put the theory you have learned • Bachelor of Applied Social Science into practice • Jesuit Social Services • Bachelor of Counselling • network with industry professionals • Lee Hecht Harrison Career Coaching • Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) • gain experience in your chosen field. • Lifeline • Bachelor of Social Work • Mission Australia Choosing a Student Placement • Odyssey House Why is a Student that suits you • Paradise Kids Placement important? ACAP has links with over 600 organisations • Quest for Life It gives you the opportunity to develop a across Australia, giving you an opportunity to choose a workplace that matches your • Relationships Australia real understanding of the industry in which personal and professional interests. Below • Salvos Care Line you want to work. It also lets you take your learning in the classroom and apply it to is a list of some of the organisations where • Wesley Mission real situations. This means you have the our students have undertaken placements: • YWCA opportunity to start making a difference in • Barnardos Australia people’s lives by applying the skills you are • Blackdog Institute learning while you’re still studying.
7 OUR STAFF Meet our Heads of School Our teaching staff share our commitment to practical Carolyn is an active contributor to the social work field on a regional, national and learning and the idea that to develop effective international level. She is a member of the communication and relationship skills you need Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Australian Council of Heads of to put them into practice. Schools of Social Work (ACHSSW), Australia & New Zealand Schools of Social Work & Welfare Education & Research Professor Mike Innes Ione is also an active contributor to the (ANZSWWER) and Asian and Pacific Professor Mike Innes is ACAP’s Head Australian counselling and psychotherapy Association for Social Work Education of School of Psychological Sciences. community through her role as Director of (APASWE). Additionally, she is the co-chair Over his extensive career Mike has taught the Australian Register of Counsellors and of the International Association of Schools across the world in universities in the Psychotherapists (ARCAP). Ione is also a of Social Work (IASSW) publications United States and United Kingdom serving member of the Australian Association of committee and the executive editor of as Associate Professor in the Department Social Workers (AASW), the Society of the IASSW Social Dialogue magazine of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, Counselling and Psychotherapy (social-dialogue.com). Professor and Head of School of Educators (SCAPE) and past President Psychology and Sociology at James Cook of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Ms Catherine Tracey University, Dean of Psychology at Murdoch Federation of Australia (PACFA). Ms Catherine Tracey is Head of School University and Executive Dean of the Vocational Education & Training (Acting). Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Carolyn Noble Catherine has a long and strong history in at the University of Adelaide. Professor Carolyn Noble is ACAP’s Vocational Education and Training and has Inaugural Head of School of Social Work most recently held the position of Head Mike specialises in social psychology and and Professor of Social Work. She has had Teacher at Ultimo College of TAFE where is particularly interested in the study of an extensive career both practising and she had the responsibility for the persuasion; the political behaviour of teaching social work, having worked as management, governance and compliance individuals within groups and organisations; a mental health and child protection of qualifications delivered out of the and the impact of the inter-relation of practitioner and as an academic in both Community Services Training Package, and thinking, feeling and action upon Sydney and London for over 30 years. had the responsibility for many students individuals’ lives. Carolyn has a wide variety of research undertaking a range of qualifications and In addition to his position at ACAP, Mike for staff delivering these qualifications. interests, ranging from social work contributes to the field of psychology as She developed and negotiated innovative philosophy, ethics, theory and practice a Fellow of the Australian Psychological work based practices for Diploma students. development, to gender democracy and Society (APS), the Academy of Social equal employment opportunity for women Catherine holds qualifications in Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the British in higher education and human services. behavioural sciences and a Masters in Psychological Society (BPS), the She has developed and taught social work Urban & Regional Planning. Her work and Association for Psychological Science theory and practice, Field Education, interests lie in the planning and delivery and the Society of Experimental Social mental health and professional supervision of services to communities experiencing Psychology (SESP). courses at both undergraduate and marginalisation. Her extensive work postgraduate levels. experience of over twenty years focussed Professor Ione Lewis on homeless services, social housing, Professor Ione Lewis is ACAP’s youth work and community development. Inaugural Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy and Head of School of Counselling. She has been practising as a clinical counsellor for over 25 years and has extensive academic and teaching experience, including course development and supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Ione’s areas of research expertise include gender-based violence, the evaluation of women’s health services, research supervision and professional identity. She previously served as Associate Dean of Education and Head of Discipline of Community Studies at the University of Canberra.
8 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 Student support We are committed to supporting our students, and These resources include access to extensive book collections, computer access, and a provide advice and services to help you academically range of online resources including and personally. electronic books and journals. Our librarians can help with your information and research needs in person at our Brisbane, Melbourne ACAP’s interactive approach to teaching Personal support and Sydney campuses, or by email or phone. as well as our small class sizes builds a community atmosphere in the classroom, When undertaking a new course, you may feel the pressures of work, life and study Orientation which is reinforced through the support services we provide. From the day you commitments. If this happens our Student Orientation is held as trimester starts and enquire, we assist and support you. Support Counsellors are on hand to offer provides an excellent opportunity to become An advisor will help put your study program personal, confidential support and familiar with ACAP, meet staff and fellow together, and once you start studying we counselling. They can also help you to students and take a tour of the campus. offer additional academic, personal and liaise with staff and, if necessary, provide An online version is available in the student Student Placement support. referral information for ongoing support. portal if you cannot make it to the campus for Orientation. Academic support Library services If you have not studied recently, you might Our extensive library services and need to refresh your skills in academic resources support and enhance your writing, referencing or how to find the right learning experience. information. To help you in these areas we offer academic skills, information literacy, research skills and study skills support through a range of activities and resources such as workshops and webinars, online resources and information, individual learning support, peer mentoring programs and specific activities for those transitioning into the College or through their courses. As a student you will also have access to the student website which contains academic and administrative information including unit and module outlines, timetables, student support information and campus contacts. The online student portal (my.navitas- professional.edu.au) provides students with access to their online class spaces, online enrolment, student webmail and IT Help Desk, as well as their academic grades and personal information. ACAP scholarships ACAP offers a number of scholarships each year to assist Students can apply for*: students. Eligible students must be Australian citizens or • academic excellence awards (two scholarships) holders of a permanent humanitarian visa. • rural/regional awards (two scholarships) There are two undergraduate counselling There are up to eight scholarships available • aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships available: for students undertaking the Bachelor of awards (two scholarships). • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Psychological Science. (ATSI) Scholarship, and If you are interested in applying Scholarships will cover tuition fees for all for a scholarship please visit • The Alan Rowe Scholarship units of study. acap.edu.au/scholarships. * Two additional scholarships may be awarded in any of the categories.
9 OUR STUDENTS “ACAP supported me. I feel like I’ve been set up to succeed.” My ACAP: Jess Lee Bachelor of Counselling
10 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) (CHC52008) This is a nationally recognised qualification designed to Workload equip you with the skills required to work in case We recommend that for each module you undertake a minimum of: management roles in the community services sector. • three hours of course work per week based around the learning manual, and The course provides the skills and class attendance if studying on-campus Overview knowledge essential for effective • two hours of interactive online activities, communication, service coordination, such as online learning forums, and Availability networking, risk management, work health • a minimum of three hours of self-study • On campus in Brisbane, Melbourne and safety as well as matters specific to and assessment preparation. and Sydney or via online delivery, case management. which combines online study with Assessments compulsory on-campus workshops, Case management workshops or a combination of both. Assessment types vary with each module. As a case manager, you need practical However, in keeping with ACAP’s • Please note that online delivery is not self-paced and you will be communication and networking skills, philosophy, the majority mirror examples required to complete your studies and the best way to develop these is from professional practice. You may be and assessment tasks to schedule. through face-to-face interaction. If you are assessed through reports and written undertaking all or part of this course through assignments, group work, role playing, Duration online delivery you are required to attend case studies and projects, as well as One year full-time or part-time equivalent three workshops across the duration of your participation in online learning forums. course. These workshops are an important Maximum duration part of developing, practicing and Recognition of prior learning Three years demonstrating interpersonal skills. It may be possible to shorten the length Modules of this course by applying for recognition Workshop 1 Nine of prior learning for your relevant work or A one day workshop is provided for online life experiences, or through qualifications Entry requirements students in the module ‘Communication obtained in formal studies or training. • A Certificate IV qualification Skills and Relationships’. This will enable For more information regarding (or at least one unit of competency online students to practice and recognition of prior learning, contact at AQF level 4), OR demonstrate communication skills. VETadministration@acap.edu.au. • A Higher School Certificate Workshop 2 If you apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (HSC) or equivalent, OR (RPL), you will be charged an assessment fee • Satisfactorily completed the A one day workshop is provided for online that is fifty per cent of the module fee. If your ACAP VET Entry Assessment students in the module ‘Facilitating Case application for RPL is unsuccessful, you may Management’. This will enable online VET FEE-HELP available re-enrol in the module and will be charged students to practice and demonstrate an the full tuition fee. VET FEE-HELP assistance Please see page 29 understanding and skills in the development may be available to eligible students. Credit of case management plans and meetings. Study requirements transfer for competencies in the course that This course requires regular access you have already completed is also available. Workshop 3 to a computer and the internet. A one day workshop is provided for online Further study Some assessment tasks require students to video record an interview, students in the module ‘Improving Skills to Support Client Self Management’. This will On completion of this course graduates may demonstrate skills or conduct a client apply for admission into ACAP’s Associate session. All classes have a teacher enable online students to practice and demonstrate quality case work. Degree of Applied Social Science, Bachelor allocated to facilitate your learning. of Applied Social Science, Bachelor of All workshops are compulsory and are run at Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling each of our campuses (Brisbane, Melbourne (Coaching), Bachelor of Social Work or and Sydney). Bachelor of Psychological Science with specified credit equivalent to eight units.
11 VET COURSES Course structure* The course contains nine modules with 16 units of competency which all need to be successfully completed, in the order below, to gain the qualification. Module name Code Embedded unit/s of competency 1. Communication Skills and Relationships CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships [Co-requisite Dip.Community Services (Case Management) Workshop 1 if you are studying this module online] 2. Facilitating Case Management CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of [Co-requisite Dip.Community Services (Case Management) case management Workshop 2 if you are studying this module online] CHCCM504D Promote high quality case management 3. Working with Clients from Diverse Cultures HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 4. Improving Skills to Support Client Self-Management CHCCW503A Work intensively with clients [Co-requisite Dip.Community Services (Case Management) CHCICS406B Support client self-management Workshop 3 if you are studying this module online] 5. Understanding Client Developmental Status CHCLD415A Confirm client developmental status [Prerequisite for CHC8D26V Analyse Client Information-module 7] 6. Managing Clients with Complex Needs CHCCS416B Assess and provide services for clients with complex needs CHCCS607E Coordinate in-service assessment and response to address client needs CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services 7. Analyse Client Information CHCLD515A Analyse client information for service planning [CHC8D70V Understanding Client Developmental Status must be and delivery completed before you are able to study module 7] 8. Understanding Mental Health Issues and CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and Recovery Processes recovery processes 9. Improving Professional Practice CHCORG428A Reflect and improve own professional practice CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework HLTWHS300A Contribute to Work Health & Safety Processes Potential career paths The Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) provides opportunities to work in the Community Services Industry utilising their case management skills across a number of key target areas including , drug and alcohol, mental health, homelessness, residential care, the aged and those living with a disability. Work can be undertaken in generalist community or neighbourhood centres. Apply now at acap.edu.au * Course structure correct as at December 2014 and is subject to change.
12 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 Diploma of Counselling (CHC51712) This is a nationally recognised qualification that provides Assessments you with the first step towards a career in counselling, Assessment types vary with each module. However, in keeping with ACAP’s providing you with skills you can use in a wide range philosophy, the majority mirror examples of occupations. from professional practice. You may be assessed through reports and written assignments, group work, role playing, case Counselling workshops studies and projects, as well as participation Overview If undertaking all or part of this course in online learning forums. Availability by online delivery you are required to attend the relevant Diploma of Counselling Recognition of prior learning • On campus in Adelaide, Brisbane, workshops at an ACAP campus. These It may be possible to shorten the length Melbourne and Sydney or online workshops will help to ensure that of this course by applying for recognition delivery, which combines online study with compulsory on-campus you have the necessary face-to-face of prior learning for your relevant work or workshops, or a combination of both. interaction to develop and be assessed life experiences or through qualifications • Please note that online delivery is on communication, counselling and other obtained in formal studies or training. not self-paced and you will be practical skills required for competency. For more information regarding required to complete your studies recognition of prior learning, contact and assessment tasks to schedule. Workshop 1 — Duration two days VETadministration@acap.edu.au. A two day workshop is provided for online Duration If you apply for Recognition of Prior Learning students in the modules ‘Facilitate the One year full-time or part-time (RPL), you will be charged an assessment Counselling Process’ and ‘Counselling equivalent fee that is fifty per cent of the module fee. Interview Skills’. This will enable online If your application for RPL is unsuccessful, Maximum duration students to practice and demonstrate an you may re-enrol in the module and will be understanding of and skills in communication Three years charged the full tuition fee. VET FEE-HELP and basic counselling skills. assistance may be available to eligible Modules students. Credit transfer for competencies in Nine Workshop 2 — Duration one day the course that you have already completed A one day workshop is provided for online is also available. Entry requirements students in the module ‘Monitor Case • A Certificate IV qualification Management’. This will enable online Further study (or at least one unit of competency students to practice and demonstrate On completion of the Diploma of at AQF level 4), OR an understanding of and skills in the Counselling you can apply for admission • A Higher School Certificate development of case management into ACAP’s Associate Degree of Applied (HSC) or equivalent, OR plans and meetings. Social Science, Bachelor of Applied Social • Satisfactorily completed the Science, Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor ACAP VET Entry Assessment Workshop 3 — Duration one day of Counselling (Coaching) or Bachelor of VET FEE-HELP available A one day workshop is provided for online Psychological Science with specified credit students in the module ‘Improve Counselling equivalent to eight units, or to ACAP’s Please see page 29 Bachelor of Social Work with specified Skills’. This will enable online students to Study requirements practice and demonstrate an understanding credit equivalent to six units. of and skills in more advanced counselling This course requires regular access work based skills. to a computer and the internet. Some assessment tasks require All workshops are a mandatory component Potential career paths students to video record an interview, of each of the above modules. This course is designed to assist those role play, demonstrate skills or conduct wanting to work in areas such as a client session. All classes have a community health centres, family teacher allocated to facilitate Workload support services, government agencies, your learning. We recommend that for each module you not for profit community organisations, undertake a minimum of: outreach services, sexual health • three hours of course work per week services, refugee support services, This course aims to provide you with general based around the learning manual, and women’s health centres and counselling skills and knowledge, including class attendance if studying on campus residential services. communication skills, knowledge of a range • two hours of interactive online activities of commonly used counselling techniques, such as online learning forums and referral skills and the ability to work within an Flexible Learning Toolbox tasks, and organisation’s policies and procedures. • a minimum of three hours of self-study and assessment preparation.
13 VET COURSES Course structure* This course contains nine modules (of which eight are core and one is an elective), which deliver 17 units of competency that need to be successfully completed, in the order below, to gain the qualification. Module name Code Unit/s of competency Facilitate the Counselling Process CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework (Co- or pre-requisite: Diploma of Counselling Workshop 1 for online delivery students) CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship Counselling Interview Skills CHCCSL502A Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills (Co-requisite: Diploma of Counselling Workshop CHCCSL512A Determine suitability of client for counselling services 1 for online delivery students) Counselling Theories CHCCSL504A Apply personality and development theories CHCCSL505A Apply learning theories in counselling Support Clients CHCCSL506A Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues (Pre-requisite: Counselling Interview Skills CHCCSL507B Support clients in decision-making processes or CHCCSL502A) Responsible Ethical Counselling CHCCSL508B Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice CHCCS514B Recognise and respond to individuals at risk Cultural Diversity and Workplace Legislation HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes Monitor Case Management CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management (Co-requisite: Diploma of Counselling Workshop 2 for online delivery students) Improve Counselling Skills CHCCSL509A Reflect and improve upon counselling skills (Co-requisite: Diploma of Counselling Workshop 3 for online delivery students) (Pre-requisites: Facilitate the Counselling Process and Support Clients or CHCCSL501A, CHCCSL503A, CHCCSL507B ) Electives — choose one Recognise and respond to domestic and CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence family violence CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence Support clients with problem CHCGMB502A Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues gambling issues CHCGMB503A Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues Apply now at acap.edu.au * Course structure correct as at December 2014 and is subject to change.
14 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 "It was a very supportive, open and friendly environment. The classes were comprehensive and highly interactive, both theoretical and practical." My ACAP: Gus Reyes Diploma of Counselling
15 UNDERGRADUATE Associate Degree of Applied Social Science The Associate Degree of Applied Social Science provides • online and blended delivery students are expected to undertake a minimum of a foundational understanding of individuals, groups and seven hours per week of self-study, social structures, and offers a broad grounding in assessment preparation, general research and reading. sociological theory, social systems and social policy. Assessment The Associate Degree incorporates key Forms of assessment vary with each unit. Overview theoretical components of the Bachelor of However, in keeping with ACAP’s teaching Applied Social Science degree, and maintains philosophy, assessments develop the skills Availability an applied focus in the development of required in professional practice and On campus (Brisbane, Melbourne and counselling or coaching skills. include reports, formal essays, critical Sydney), online if the Coaching minor reflections, group work, practice sessions is selected, or by a combination of Workload and supervised work placements. Most online and blended delivery if the units involve the submission of two or three For each unit we recommend an average of Counselling minor is selected. formal pieces of assessment. nine hours of study per week. This is made Duration up of: • one three hour class (on-campus units) Course structure* • Two years full-time • two hours of online learning activities To complete the Associate Degree • This course can be fast tracked and interaction with your teacher and of Applied Social Science you must and completed in one year and fellow students (online and blended successfully complete 16 units (six Social one trimester full-time by taking delivery units) Science units, three core Professional four units each trimester Practice units, three core units from • on-campus students are expected the Applied Psychology minor strand, Units to undertake a minimum of six hours two units from the minor strand in 16 per week of self-study, assessment either Counselling or Coaching, and two preparation, general research elective units). The Associate Degree Standard entry requirements and reading comprises the first two years of the • Minimum ATAR 65 or equivalent, Bachelor of Applied Social Science. or • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or First Year Second Year Associate Degree, or Trimester 1 Preparation for Academic Study Social, Legal and Ethical Frameworks • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s Introduction to Contemporary Social Theory degree, or Society Cultural Diversity • Be aged 21 years or over Positive Psychology FEE-HELP available. Trimester 2 Social Systems Organisational Theory Please see page 29 Psychology of Health and Wellness Social Policy Minor strand unit (Counselling Minor strand unit (Counselling or Coaching)† or Coaching)† Trimester 3 Developmental Psychology Mental Health Policy and Practice Elective Elective Level 100 electives (select one) Counselling Minor Strand (two units): Human Resource Management OR Counselling Skills AND Managing in Ambiguity and Change Advanced Counselling Skills Level 200 electives (select one) Coaching Minor Strand (two units): Career Counselling and Assessment OR Coaching Theory and Practice AND Psychology of Peak Performance OR Coaching Applications Advanced Positive Psychology * Course structure is correct as at December 2014 and is subject to change. † Students select either a Counselling or Coaching minor strand and must complete all two units within the selected minor.
16 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 Bachelor of Applied Social Science The Bachelor of Applied Social Science aims to • Applicants who have completed an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) ground students in the applied social sciences with course from a recognised tertiary a well‑developed understanding of social systems, institution may apply for admission and submit appropriate documentation. sociological theory and social policy. • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) applicants may submit an • Online and blended delivery students application based on their readiness Overview are expected a minimum of seven hours for tertiary studies according to the per week of self-study, assessment results of their Educational Access Availability preparation, general research Scheme (EAS) administered by an On campus (Brisbane, Melbourne and reading. approved institution. and Sydney, online if Coaching minor For work-integrated placement units, an selected or by a combination of online average of 14 hours of study per week is Special admission and blended delivery if Counselling recommended. This is made up of: arrangements minor selected. If you do not meet the standard • the placement entry requirements, you may be eligible Duration • 1.5 hours per week of seminars for conditional enrolment. If you are • Three years full-time or • a minimum of three hours per week conditionally enrolled you will not be allowed part-time equivalent of self-study, assessment preparation, to take a full-time study course load during • This course can be fast tracked general research and reading. your first trimester of study and enrolment and completed in two years in subsequent trimesters will be dependent full-time by taking four units Assessment on your meeting the conditions advised prior each trimester Forms of assessment vary with each unit. to admission. Units However, in keeping with ACAP’s teaching philosophy, assessments develop the English language 24 skills required in professional practice, proficiency requirements Standard entry requirements and include reports, formal essays, critical If English is not your principal language, or reflections, group work, practice sessions if the language of instruction for your prior • Minimum ATAR 65 or equivalent, or and supervised work placements. Most units qualification was not in English, you need to • Completion of a Certificate IV, involve the submission of two or three formal provide proof of proficiency in English. Diploma, Advanced Diploma or pieces of assessment. This is through an International English Associate Degree, or Language Testing System (IELTS) academic • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s Student Placements score of 6.5 or higher, or completion of an degree, or As an applied degree, the Bachelor of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, • Be aged 21 years or over Applied Social Science has a strong focus or an equivalent score in an English language on professional experience in placement test recognised by the College. This proof of FEE-HELP available. organisations, which is linked to project proficiency must have been attained within Please see page 29 units in which an applied research project the past two years. is undertaken. This course integrates theory, social A total of 250 hours of Work-integrated research, skills and professional experience, Placement is undertaken (125 hours per Potential career paths preparing you with critical thinking skills for placement unit). In addition, students Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied employment in the workforce in public, complete 36 hours of Work-integrated Social Science will be well suited for private and community settings. Placement seminars (18 hours per entry level employment in public, placement unit averaging 1.5 hours private and community sector Workload per week). organisations that require employees For each unit we recommend an average of with high level analysis, communication nine hours of study per week. This is made Alternative admission and case management skills, as well up of: Applicants (18 to 21 years) who have not as a thorough understanding of the completed a Higher School Certificate or its relationships between individuals, • one three hour class (on-campus units). groups and social structures. equivalent may be considered for admission • two hours of online learning activities based on the following criteria: and interaction with your teacher and fellow students (online and blended • Applicants who have completed a delivery units) Foundation Studies program from a recognised tertiary institution may • on-campus students are expected apply for admission and submit to undertake a minimum of six hours appropriate documentation to per week of self-study, assessment support their application. preparation, general research and reading
17 UNDERGRADUATE Early exit Course structure* Professional Practice strand including 250 hours of Work-integrated Placement Students who have completed two years The course consists of a major strand in and 36 timetabled hours of seminars, (16 units) of the Bachelor of Applied Social Social Science, a Professional Practice three core units in the Applied Psychology Science may be eligible to graduate with strand, combined with an Applied strand, three units in a minor strand the Associate Degree of Applied Social Psychology minor strand. In addition, (either Counselling or Coaching), and two Science. This course comprises 16 units: students complete a minor strand in elective units). six units from the Social Science strand, either Counselling or Coaching. three Professional Practice units, three To complete the Bachelor of Applied Social units from the Applied Psychology minor Science you must successfully complete strand, two units from the minor strand in 24 units (eight core units from the Social either Counselling or Coaching, and two Science strand, eight core units in the elective units. First Year Second Year Third Year Trimester 1 Preparation for Academic Study Social, Legal and Ethical Frameworks Applied Social Research Introduction to Contemporary Society Social Theory Group Work Positive Psychology Cultural Diversity Minor strand unit (Counselling or Coaching)† Trimester 2 Social Systems Organisational Theory Project 1 Psychology of Health and Wellness Social Policy Work-integrated Placement 1 Minor strand unit (Counselling or Minor strand unit (Counselling Social Science Integration Coaching)† or Coaching)† Trimester 3 Developmental Psychology Mental Health Policy and Practice Project 2 Elective Elective Work-integrated Placement 2 Level 100 electives (select one) Counselling Minor Strand (three units): Human Resource Management OR Counselling Skills AND Managing in Ambiguity and Change Advanced Counselling Skills AND Choice of one of: Counselling Children and Young People Family and Relationship Counselling Crisis and Trauma Counselling OR Level 200 electives (select one) Coaching Minor Strand (three units): Career Counselling and Assessment OR Coaching Theory and Practice AND Psychology of Peak Performance OR Coaching Applications AND Advanced Positive Psychology Life Coaching Apply now at acap.edu.au * Course structure is correct as at December 2014 and is subject to change. † Students select either a Counselling or Coaching minor strand and must complete all three units within the selected minor.
18 ACAP VET and UG Domestic Student Guide 2015/16 Bachelor of Counselling The Bachelor of Counselling provides a comprehensive Student Placements grounding in counselling frameworks and skills, ethical This course includes 250 hours in a placement agency (comprising 46 hours of practice and cultural diversity. client counselling contact). The placements are conducted one to two days per week Workload over two trimesters. Overview For each unit we recommend an average of In addition, students attend 54 timetabled nine hours of study per week. This is made hours of counselling supervision provided Availability up of: by the School of Counselling and undertake On campus (Brisbane, Melbourne • one three hour class (on-campus units) 48 personal study hours (over two units). and Sydney) or by a combination of online and blended delivery • two hours of online learning activities and interaction with your teacher and Alternative admission Duration fellow students (online and blended Applicants (18 to 21 years) who have not Three years full-time minimum or delivery units) completed a Higher School Certificate or its part-time equivalent • on-campus students are expected to equivalent may be considered for admission undertake a minimum of six hours per based on the following criteria: Units week of self-directed study, assessment • Applicants who have completed a 24 preparation, general research Foundation Studies program from and reading a recognised tertiary institution Standard entry requirements • online and blended delivery students may apply for admission and • Minimum ATAR 70 or equivalent, or are expected to undertake a minimum submit appropriate documentation • Completion of a Certificate IV, of seven hours per week of self-directed to support their application. Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, or study, assessment preparation, general • Applicants who have completed an research and reading. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree, and For Counselling Placement and Supervision course from a recognised tertiary • Complete an undergraduate 1, an average of 14 hours of study per week institution may apply for admission and screening questionnaire to is recommended, and for Counselling submit appropriate documentation. demonstrate the relational Placement and Supervision 2, an average of • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander qualities of the applicant 15.5 hours. This is made up of: (ATSI) applicants may submit an OR application based on their readiness • an average of 10.5 hours per week in a for tertiary studies according to the • Be aged 21 years or over, and placement agency results of their Educational Access • Complete an undergraduate • three hours per fortnight of small group Scheme (EAS) administered by an screening questionnaire to supervision and two personal study approved institution. demonstrate the relational qualities of the applicant. hours per week for Counselling Placement and Supervision 1, and • All applicants must complete an FEE-HELP available. undergraduate screening questionnaire • three hours per week of small group to demonstrate the relational qualities Please see page 29 supervision and two personal study of the applicant. hours is expected in total for Counselling Placement and The course provides entry level counselling Supervision 2. Special admission training with a strong focus on contemporary arrangements counselling, psychotherapy and psychology Assessment If you do not meet the standard entry theory, research and practice. requirements, you may be eligible Forms of assessment vary with each unit. for conditional enrolment. If you are Professional recognition However, in keeping with ACAP’s teaching conditionally enrolled you will not be allowed This course is fully accredited by the philosophy, assessments develop the to take a full-time study course load during Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation skills required in professional practice, your first trimester of study and enrolment of Australia (PACFA) and is designed to meet and include reports, formal essays, critical in subsequent trimesters will be dependent their training standards. reflections, group work, practice sessions on your meeting the conditions advised prior and supervised work placements. Most units to admission. involve the submission of two or three formal pieces of assessment. Police record checks It is a condition of progression in the course that students complete a police record check in their first trimester of enrolment.
19 UNDERGRADUATE English language Course structure* proficiency requirements Potential career paths To complete the Bachelor of Counselling If English is not your principal language, or Graduates of the Bachelor of you must successfully complete 24 if the language of instruction for your prior Counselling will be well equipped to units (22 core units and two counselling qualification was not in English, you need provide counselling services relating elective units). Students must to provide proof of proficiency in English. to bereavement and loss, alcohol complete Counselling Placement and This is through an International English and other drugs abuse, mental Supervision 1 and 2 and Project 1 and 2 Language Testing System (IELTS) academic health, family and relationships, and consecutively in their final year. score of 7.0 or higher, or completion of general counselling. Counsellors an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) are employed across the sectors of course, or an equivalent score in an English Health Care and Social Assistance, language test recognised by the College. Education and Training, Public This proof of proficiency must have been Administration and Safety, and attained within the past two years. Administrative and Support Services. First Year Second Year Third Year Trimester 1 Preparation for Academic Study Advanced Counselling Skills Applied Social Research Counselling Skills Social, Legal and Ethical Frameworks Group Work Conflict Resolution Cultural Diversity Change, Influence and Power Dynamics Trimester 2 Positive Psychology Counselling in Loss Project 1 Counselling Theories 1 Counselling Theories 2 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1 Developmental Psychology Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling Counselling Integration Trimester 3 Psychology of Health and Wellness Mental Health Policy and Practice Project 2 Counselling Elective 1 Counselling Elective 2 Counselling Placement and Supervision 2 Electives Bachelor of Counselling students choose two counselling electives, one from Level 100 and one from Level 200. Bachelor of Counselling Level 100 electives Narrative Therapy Existential Counselling Level 200 electives Counselling Children and Young People Family and Relationship Counselling Crisis and Trauma Counselling Prerequisites Unit Prerequisite Counselling Elective 1 Counselling Skills Advanced Counselling Skills Counselling Skills Counselling Theories 2 Counselling Theories 1 Project 2 Project 1 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1 Advanced Counselling Skills Counselling Placement and Supervision 2 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1 Project 1 Applied Social Research Apply now at acap.edu.au * Course structure is correct as a December 2014 and is subject to change.
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