Fall 2018 - EDUC 799 G001

Supervised Counselling Clinic I (3)

Class Number: 1931

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    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. 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.
  • Assignments 1. Professional development goals Students will develop & submit professional goals (clinical, supervision, diversity, ethical and personal development) at the beginning of the term, explore how they will be met & evaluate their progress throughout the term as well as formally at the end of the term.
  • 2. Journal and Counselling Log One of the primary goals of your professional development is to become a reflective, self-aware practitioner. To develop your capacity to reflect on your work and professional growth you will keep a Journal of your Clinic experience. The focus of your journal entries (1-3 pages per week) is to reflect on you experience of your clients, video reviews, and supervision. You will not be writing about your clients or session content. Rather, the focus is on your personal process, including reflections on your experience of yourself as a developing counsellor, how your experiences in Clinic are affecting your broader sense of identity, etc.
  • The Counselling Log is your personal database in which you keep a weekly record of your counselling activities: direct counselling session hours and time spent reviewing your session recordings, as well as supervision hours Keeping this log is a critical means of tracking your contact hours and will be necessary for future application to professional counselling associations.
  • 3. Case Presentation The Clinic course and setting is intended to offer you a professional counselling environment. Regardless of where you obtain employment, you will eventually be required to present cases at multi-disciplinary team meetings, peer consultations, supervision sessions, class reviews, etc. Therefore, we will learn how to prepare and present cases in a professional format using an efficient and inclusive structure. I will provide you with an outline / guidelines for case conceptualization and presentation. A critical component of your case presentations will be your ability to incorporate your theory of counselling. You are expected to work with clients as informed by your counselling theory, and to present cases according to the principles of change and therapeutic interventions that you have outlined in your counselling theory. The first case presentation will be a basic summary of a client’s presenting problem, counselling goals, and interventions to-date present
  • 4. Clinic Experience Summary (end of term) Section 1: Please review the professional goals that you set for yourself. You will comment and reflect on the extent to which you have accomplished your goals and how you will continue to pursue them. In addition, indicate new areas for personal and professional growth that you would like to address in Term II, EDUC 800. Section 2: Reflect on and highlight any particularly important learning experiences or “aha” moments you may have had during your Clinic experience. Include reflections on what you think were the most important learning experiences for you, and why. Finally, please also reflect on how you contributed to the learning environment of the Clinic and how you responded to supervision.


NOTES: 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.

Class Structure  Counselling recordings and notes do not leave the Centre. Therefore, trainees must arrange to be on site for video review, revising notes, and case consultation.  I arrive at the Centre by 1:00 pm on class days. You are welcome to come to the Centre to review your sessions, prepare for sessions, etc. any time from 1:00 pm on.  I strongly recommend arriving by 1:30 pm whenever possible. If this is not possible, you may also arrange, by email and on a weekly basis, to be on site on alternate clinic days when the clinic director is on site.

1:30- 3:00 PM: Video Review
2:30-3:30 pm Individual supervision on a rotating basis and as per need
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Group supervision and Counselling Topics
4:30-5 pm: Mindfulness, Grounding and Preparation for arrival of 1st clients at 5 pm. 
5 – 7:50 pm: 50-minute client appointments are scheduled at 5, 6, and 7 pm. For the first few weeks of the semester, sessions will be scheduled at 5 & 6 pm only. Students who are not seeing clients during any given appointment slot are to use the time to (a) complete case related paperwork, (b) observe other students’ counselling sessions & (c) review session recordings. This time is not for reading or other activities that can be completed outside the Centre. The course instructor may, at times, request that you spend this time on a particular activity. At other times, you may choose among one of the above activities. When there is an appointment block in which no one is seeing a client, we may use this time for group supervision or other group activities.
7:50 pm – 8:30 pm: Complete and submit all case-related paperwork, return files to cabinet after review by Instructor. v  8:30 – 9:20 pm: Group check-in/debrief, clean up, close Centre.

100% attendance and punctually is essential. If you are ill or otherwise unable to attend clinic days, you must contact the instructor directly. If the instructor is unable to take your call or respond immediately, you must leave a message at the email above or voice mail at the Clinic phone number.

Participation Expectations
This course requires full student participation in all activities to create an active, interesting, and rewarding learning environment. Exchange of information, work experience, and references to prior class learning will serve to enhance your growth as professional counsellors. Your support of your peers’ learning experiences and your openness to feedback will be the primary means by which you can further your learning goals and development. We will work in a supportive and nonjudgmental setting that recognizes and builds on your strengths, and challenges you to identify and work on enhancing less developed skill sets and knowledge bases.

Self-Care & Professionalism: This class is an intense and busy day. Students are expected to address any possible scheduling conflicts with other personal or educational activities, in order to attend the full day without interruption. Get rest the night before Clinic. Please bring something to eat, as time to step out for food is unrealistic.

Cell phone use is not permitted during class activities. They must be turned off at all times; setting them on vibration or mute is not acceptable. Students may access cell phones during their breaks while not viewing recordings or involved in peer/class discussion. It is preferred that students access phones at an absolute minimum.

Personal Issues: Due to the nature of the course and its objectives, students may experience heightened anxiety, stress, or other emotional discomfort. If you experience such difficulties please consult with the course instructor and/ or call/drop-in for an appointment to speak with a professional counsellor at the SFU Health, Career, and Counselling Centre located on the Burnaby campus on the bottom floor of the Maggie Benston Centre (telephone 778-782-4615; email intake@sfu.ca).   

Class Environment: The course supervisor is responsible for creating a class atmosphere in the clinic that is conducive to learning, open communication, and professional ethical conduct. Student behaviours that interfere with or run counter to the development and maintenance of a professional, ethical, and psychologically safe learning environment will not be tolerated. If the course instructor observes or is told of such behaviours, she will problem-solve with the concerned individual or individuals.



DVDs and a Flash Drive


•         Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Code of Ethics (2007).  http://www.ccacc.ca/_documents/CodeofEthics_en_new.pdf   

•         College of Psychologists of BC Code of Conduct (2009).

•         SFU Surrey Counselling Centre Handbook (provided by instructor).  

•         A counselling skills and strategies text, such as the text from EDUC 874  


You are responsible for reading materials that support and enhance your work with your clients (i.e., readings on presenting problems, interventions, theoretical issues, etc. related to your cases). The course instructor will assist you in identifying specific reading materials when the need arises. The course instructor may also assign readings for the entire class depending upon group needs. 

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://students.sfu.ca/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