Fall 2019 - EDUC 799 G001

Supervised Counselling Clinic I (3)

Class Number: 1094

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 4:30–7:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 870, 874. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.



An initial clinical course where students develop their basic and beginning counselling skills and increase their conceptual understanding of theoretical perspectives of counselling through practice, including counselling processes and case conceptualizations. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


The Clinic course focuses on continuing development of counselling and case conceptualization skills, increased understanding of their theoretical bases/underpinnings, and practice of professional and ethical awareness and standards. Students provide counselling services to a maximum of three community clients per evening. Learning and supervision activities include reviewing session recordings, receiving and providing feedback among peer students, feedback from the Clinic instructor, and assignments. Group supervision is the primary medium for supervision.

1. Development of counselling skills including conducting intake and assessment interviews; consistent and appropriate use of foundational counselling skills (e.g., reflecting, summarizing, paraphrasing, using questions appropriately); consistent, accurate and high level of empathy; beginning formulation of appropriate responses to clinical and ethical situations; cultural sensitivity in skill usage; structuring sessions and using session time productively; beginning to select and implement appropriate interventions, aligned with client need, theoretical orientation and case conceptualization. 

2. Development of case conceptualization skills including session planning, treatment planning, theoretically informed use of interventions and skills, monitoring of client progress and response to counselling.

3. Development of ethical awareness and ethical conduct; practice of ethical decision-making, ethical practice in the context of diversity.

4. Induction into professional counsellor role, including professional conduct within the Centre and with supervisors and peers; learning how to create clinical records and complete case-related documentation; developing knowledge of community resources and how to make referrals; productive engagement in supervision; knowledge of relevant ongoing commitment to professional development, especially as relevant to cases at the Centre; engagement in reflective practice (reviewing recordings of sessions, contributing to group supervision, appropriately seeking, receiving, and implementing feedback); demonstrating awareness of diversity, including awareness of own social positionality and values, respect for diverse clients, and ability to foster a culturally informed working alliance.


  • • The course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.


A Satisfactory grade indicates that student trainees are able to conduct themselves professionally, ethically and skilfully appropriate to counselling clients in an educational or community-based practicum.  You will receive ongoing feedback on your performance and progress from the course instructor, who will clearly identify any issues that might lead to an Unsatisfactory grade. If you are uncertain about your performance or progress or are unsure of the meaning of any feedback you receive, please seek clarification immediately. The course instructor will address concerns about a student’s skill level, ethical conduct, or professional behaviour with the student directly and will work with the student to address any such concerns. If a student demonstrates that they are not able to conduct themselves in an ethical, professional manner and at a skill level suitable for working with clients from the community, they may be required to repeat or withdraw from the course.

Both the instructor and student will complete the student’s final evaluation.


In order to achieve the learning objectives, you are expected to

  • Participate in a maximum of three recorded counselling sessions per week either as a counsellor or co-counsellor.
  • Review recordings of your counselling sessions each week.
  • Raise ethical questions and issues as they arise in your work.
  • Participate in regular group and individual supervision sessions with the instructor and display an active, constructive, and open manner of learning and interacting with the instructor and other clinic team members.
  • Supervision and learning may include informal presentations of your cases (including presentation of recordings of your work), observing your peers conduct counselling sessions, participating in discussions of your own and your peers’ clinical work, sharing materials and resources as relevant to cases and supervision discussions, receiving feedback on your work in the Centre from your peers and from the course instructor, practicing skills and interventions, etc.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality regarding information shared by clients and peers.
  • Keep up-to-date clinical records for each case (to be completed by the end of each evening).
  • Complete required course assignments.
  • Conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html