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Assessment Brief
Program Bachelor of Applied Social Science
Subject Applied Counselling Practice 3
Subject code COU204A
Name of assessment Assessment 3: Skills demonstration + reflective report
Length Skills demonstration (20 minute recording) + Reflective report (2,000 words)
Learning outcomes addressed by this assessment: B, C, D, E
Submission Date: End of week 11, Sunday 11.55 pm
Assessment brief summary: Students are required to present a recorded role play of a 20 minute counselling session presenting their counselling skills. Students are also required to reflect on their performance as a counsellor during this role-play.
Total marks 40: Part A – 10, Part B - 30
Weighting 40%
Part A – 10% (Recorded video session) Part B – 30% (Report)
Students are advised that any submissions mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur
Please note: you must attempt
More information, please refer to the Academic quality/our-policies. past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total a 4 mark penalty per day.
all tasks in a subject to be eligible to pass the subject.
Progression Policy on
Assessment Description:
Students will be assessed on demonstration of advanced empathy and advanced counselling skills over the session with their ‘client’ by the lecturer. The session (20 minutes), will be recorded and submitted for marking together with assessment 2.
Marking Matrix:
Max. in
category Your
Student demonstrates an ability to develop and deepen the therapeutic relationship with the client by displaying positive regard, genuine respect, genuine warmth, non-judgmental attitude, empathy, and congruence. 3
Student shows a clear understanding of the client’s problem 3
Student shows attention to affect, content and the meaning. 2
Student demonstrates the use of a various counselling skills such as reflecting, use of open ended questions, summarising, clarification, etc. 1
Student uses effective body language 1
Total: 10
Students are required to write a reflective report that highlights:
1. Their overall reflection on the counselling process
2. Identification and discussion of the demonstrated counselling skills
3. Identification of areas for further development.
Your reflection needs to be linked to theoretical constructs.
Marking Matrix:
Max. in
category Your
Answering the question and responding to the topic 10
Links to theories and concepts 10
Number and choice of appropriate references 4
Word count, readability, and structure 3
In-text references and reference list 3
Total: 30
Students must attempt all tasks in the unit to be eligible to pass the unit.
What we want to see:
The work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We recommend you work with your Academic Writing Guide to ensure that you reference correctly. You will find a link to this document on the main page of every unit, under the 'Assessments' section. Correct academic writing and referencing are essential tasks that you need to learn. We recommend a minimum of four references.
Referencing: References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a reference, but not the Study Guide and lecture notes. We want to see evidence that you are capable of conducting your own research. Also, in order to help markers determine students’ understanding of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number/s if shown in the original.
Researching: You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online journal databases and which can be accessed from the library homepage. Reputable news sites such as The Conversation (, online dictionaries and online encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic. Government departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local not for profit organisations such as the Cancer Council are also good resources.
Formatting: The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other formats may not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word.
What we don’t want to see:
Plagiarism: All sources of information need to properly be acknowledged. Please refer to the plagiarism website on blackboardi. By clicking the 'Upload this file' button you acknowledge that you have read, understood and can confirm that the work you are about to submit complies with the Flexible and Online plagiarism policy as shown in the JNI Student Handbook. Like other forms of cheating plagiarism is treated seriously. Plagiarising students will be referred to the Program Manager.
Word Count: Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule you may go over or under by 10% than the stated length.
Late Submissions: Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 30 will incur 3 marks penalty per day.
No submission: Students must attempt all tasks to be eligible to pass the unit.
More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think Education website.
Resources Available to YOU:
1. Academic writing guide link
https://laureate id= 20163 1&content id= 2498847 1&mode=reset
2. Writing & referencing: The link to the Learning and Academic Skills Unit (LASU) is on the left pulldown menu on the blackboard home page:
https://laureate id= 20163 1&content id= 2498847 1&mode=reset
LASU also provides a series of academic skills tutorials. Please contact Caroline Spaans (, 02 949 232 14).
3. Researching: A guide to researching is available on the library page skills/.
Please contact the online and Pyrmont librarian for Health, Dawn Vaux ( if you would like further help or a tutorial on how to do research this way.

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