Master of Rehabilitation Counselling

Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling

Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling

Credit points for award: 48
On and off-campus: full-time, 2 semesters; part-time, 4 semesters (see note)

Full-time mode

Semester 1
REHB5911 Rehabilitation Counselling I

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week; 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5043 or REHB5076 Assessment: online test (10%), practical test - skill demonstration (35%), tutorials (30%), case studies (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit provides the foundation for student identification with the profession of rehabilitation counselling and acquisition of basic knowledge and specific skills central to counselling in the context of disability. Students will study the philosophical origins of the profession, its evolving scope of practice, the utility of counselling theory and the evidence-base of counselling practice. They will reconcile their generic counselling aspirations with the community-based, person/family-centred, solution-focused, and strengths-based social justice framework of rehabilitation counselling. The primary thrust of the unit is micro-skills acquisition and development. Upon completion the successful student will have full awareness of and nascent proficiency in case conceptualisation, clinical reasoning, developing a working alliance, communication, problem solving, and basic counselling techniques.
REHB5912 Rehabilitation Resource Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5051 or REHB5049 or REHB5072 Assessment: online tests (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorials (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit co-creates a rehabilitation counselling profile in case management and explores its potential impact on the profession. Case management (CM) discipline is introduced through a Taxonomy. The CM Taxonomy frames investigation of the nature of service and the role of rehabilitation counselling in the networks of care and support. Counselling in systems is a consistent theme across modules. The explication of the component parts of CM service leads to an exploration of their application. CM discourse leads to Case Load Management issues. Seeking relevance, students peruse current industry case management models in situ.
REHB5913 Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5073 Assessment: online tests (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorials (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit covers the scientist/practitioner model as the epistemological engine of evidence-based practice. Principles of measurement, psychometrics, assessment and evaluation inform a review of theory and models relevant to vocational assessment. Associated tools and strategies are profiled. Application of thinking processes, procedural steps, and tools are integrated into case study and simulation activities.
REHB5914 Applied Vocational Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5044 or REHB5070 Assessment: online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (30%), tutorials (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The Vocational context of community inclusion is central to the professional identity of rehabilitation counselling (RC) and the most common focus of applied RC practice. Students will study the nature of work from theory to management models. Students study and integrate career theory into an inclusive framework for vocational counselling with people with disabilities. The systemic impact of disability on work will be explored in skill clinic with interactive case study simulations based on the most prevalent disability classifications (ICF) in industry. BioPsychoSocial profiles of exemplar cases will be embedded in simulation.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5921 Rehabilitation Counselling II

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assessment: online test (10%), written assignment (30%), portfolio project (35%), tutorial (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit of study builds upon work done in REHB5911, extending individualised counselling into the community. Students revisit and refine Micro-skills development specifically in the building a working alliance. Group and family variations of applied counselling theory are explored in the context of vocation / occupational rehabilitation. Specific practical counselling situations involving common VR issues (problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, motivation, stress and coping, etc.) will provide the context for developing clinical reasoning skills and advancing practice in evidence-based techniques. The student reflects upon experience in counselling education in the creation of a personal statement of practice, a toolbox of skills upon which to practice, and a plan for the initial next steps in life long professional learning.
REHB5923 BioPsychoSocial Aspects of Disability

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5061 Assessment: online test (10%), case studies (30%), portfolio project (35%), tutorial (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit operationalises the International Classification of Function (ICF) in a review of the systemic impact of Health conditions, disorder, or disease on the experience of Disability in community. ICF Profiles are developed and/or analysed in investigation of the arc and strategy of treatment, care, and support across a representative span of case studies/health conditions. Students will build health care/rehabilitation vocabulary and explore the rehabilitation counsellor role in each case setting.
REHB5924 Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5046 or REHB5071 Assessment: online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorial (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit examines workplace disability, rehabilitation, and worker's compensation system. The evolution of workers' compensation systems and a survey of disability incidence and cost provide the context for analysing the present day workers compensation systems in Australia. We will review history and policy development related to workers' compensation. The major health conditions responsible for work disability are identified and profiled from psychological, social, economic, and medical perspectives. Profiles of work disability are used to illustrate how the system works and the stakeholder roles within. Each aspect of work rehabilitation is considered from the stakeholder standpoint. Return-to-work is the context for exploring good and evidence based practice; finding the rehabilitation counsellor role, and reflecting on ethical considerations in service of multiple client stakeholders.
REHB5925 Fieldwork Practicum

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive November,Intensive October Prerequisites: REHB5911, REHB5912, REHB5913, REHB5914 Prohibitions: REHB5074 or REHB5048 or REHB5054 Assumed knowledge: University of Sydney Code of Conduct Assessment: Learning contract, log, supervisor's report and student evaluation. Students must pass each item of assessment in order to pass the UoS. Practical field work: Students are required to complete the equivalent of 210hrs of practical placement Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Students will be approved to undertake field placement by obtaining a) criminal record check, b) signing the Prohibited Employment Declaration Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 c) the Health Records and Information Privacy Act, 2004.
Supervised and structured on-the-job training and application of rehabilitation counselling skills in vivo. Students integrate theory in practice, demonstrate skill mastery, socialise in professional settings, document experience, and engage supervisors in service based learning in an occupational rehabilitation setting. Fieldwork practicum spans a 6 week block of full time employment (210 hours).
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Part-time mode

Year 1

Semester 1
REHB5911 Rehabilitation Counselling I

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week; 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5043 or REHB5076 Assessment: online test (10%), practical test - skill demonstration (35%), tutorials (30%), case studies (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit provides the foundation for student identification with the profession of rehabilitation counselling and acquisition of basic knowledge and specific skills central to counselling in the context of disability. Students will study the philosophical origins of the profession, its evolving scope of practice, the utility of counselling theory and the evidence-base of counselling practice. They will reconcile their generic counselling aspirations with the community-based, person/family-centred, solution-focused, and strengths-based social justice framework of rehabilitation counselling. The primary thrust of the unit is micro-skills acquisition and development. Upon completion the successful student will have full awareness of and nascent proficiency in case conceptualisation, clinical reasoning, developing a working alliance, communication, problem solving, and basic counselling techniques.
REHB5912 Rehabilitation Resource Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5051 or REHB5049 or REHB5072 Assessment: online tests (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorials (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit co-creates a rehabilitation counselling profile in case management and explores its potential impact on the profession. Case management (CM) discipline is introduced through a Taxonomy. The CM Taxonomy frames investigation of the nature of service and the role of rehabilitation counselling in the networks of care and support. Counselling in systems is a consistent theme across modules. The explication of the component parts of CM service leads to an exploration of their application. CM discourse leads to Case Load Management issues. Seeking relevance, students peruse current industry case management models in situ.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5921 Rehabilitation Counselling II

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assessment: online test (10%), written assignment (30%), portfolio project (35%), tutorial (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit of study builds upon work done in REHB5911, extending individualised counselling into the community. Students revisit and refine Micro-skills development specifically in the building a working alliance. Group and family variations of applied counselling theory are explored in the context of vocation / occupational rehabilitation. Specific practical counselling situations involving common VR issues (problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, motivation, stress and coping, etc.) will provide the context for developing clinical reasoning skills and advancing practice in evidence-based techniques. The student reflects upon experience in counselling education in the creation of a personal statement of practice, a toolbox of skills upon which to practice, and a plan for the initial next steps in life long professional learning.
REHB5923 BioPsychoSocial Aspects of Disability

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5061 Assessment: online test (10%), case studies (30%), portfolio project (35%), tutorial (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit operationalises the International Classification of Function (ICF) in a review of the systemic impact of Health conditions, disorder, or disease on the experience of Disability in community. ICF Profiles are developed and/or analysed in investigation of the arc and strategy of treatment, care, and support across a representative span of case studies/health conditions. Students will build health care/rehabilitation vocabulary and explore the rehabilitation counsellor role in each case setting.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS

Year 2

Semester 1
REHB5913 Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5073 Assessment: online tests (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorials (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit covers the scientist/practitioner model as the epistemological engine of evidence-based practice. Principles of measurement, psychometrics, assessment and evaluation inform a review of theory and models relevant to vocational assessment. Associated tools and strategies are profiled. Application of thinking processes, procedural steps, and tools are integrated into case study and simulation activities.
REHB5914 Applied Vocational Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5044 or REHB5070 Assessment: online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (30%), tutorials (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The Vocational context of community inclusion is central to the professional identity of rehabilitation counselling (RC) and the most common focus of applied RC practice. Students will study the nature of work from theory to management models. Students study and integrate career theory into an inclusive framework for vocational counselling with people with disabilities. The systemic impact of disability on work will be explored in skill clinic with interactive case study simulations based on the most prevalent disability classifications (ICF) in industry. BioPsychoSocial profiles of exemplar cases will be embedded in simulation.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5924 Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5046 or REHB5071 Assessment: online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorial (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit examines workplace disability, rehabilitation, and worker's compensation system. The evolution of workers' compensation systems and a survey of disability incidence and cost provide the context for analysing the present day workers compensation systems in Australia. We will review history and policy development related to workers' compensation. The major health conditions responsible for work disability are identified and profiled from psychological, social, economic, and medical perspectives. Profiles of work disability are used to illustrate how the system works and the stakeholder roles within. Each aspect of work rehabilitation is considered from the stakeholder standpoint. Return-to-work is the context for exploring good and evidence based practice; finding the rehabilitation counsellor role, and reflecting on ethical considerations in service of multiple client stakeholders.
REHB5925 Fieldwork Practicum

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive November,Intensive October Prerequisites: REHB5911, REHB5912, REHB5913, REHB5914 Prohibitions: REHB5074 or REHB5048 or REHB5054 Assumed knowledge: University of Sydney Code of Conduct Assessment: Learning contract, log, supervisor's report and student evaluation. Students must pass each item of assessment in order to pass the UoS. Practical field work: Students are required to complete the equivalent of 210hrs of practical placement Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Students will be approved to undertake field placement by obtaining a) criminal record check, b) signing the Prohibited Employment Declaration Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 c) the Health Records and Information Privacy Act, 2004.
Supervised and structured on-the-job training and application of rehabilitation counselling skills in vivo. Students integrate theory in practice, demonstrate skill mastery, socialise in professional settings, document experience, and engage supervisors in service based learning in an occupational rehabilitation setting. Fieldwork practicum spans a 6 week block of full time employment (210 hours).
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS

Master of Rehabilitation Counselling

Master of Rehabilitation Counselling

Credit points for award: 96
On and off-campus: full-time, 4 semesters; part-time, 8 semesters

Full-time mode

Year 1

Semester 1
REHB5911 Rehabilitation Counselling I

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week; 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5043 or REHB5076 Assessment: online test (10%), practical test - skill demonstration (35%), tutorials (30%), case studies (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit provides the foundation for student identification with the profession of rehabilitation counselling and acquisition of basic knowledge and specific skills central to counselling in the context of disability. Students will study the philosophical origins of the profession, its evolving scope of practice, the utility of counselling theory and the evidence-base of counselling practice. They will reconcile their generic counselling aspirations with the community-based, person/family-centred, solution-focused, and strengths-based social justice framework of rehabilitation counselling. The primary thrust of the unit is micro-skills acquisition and development. Upon completion the successful student will have full awareness of and nascent proficiency in case conceptualisation, clinical reasoning, developing a working alliance, communication, problem solving, and basic counselling techniques.
REHB5912 Rehabilitation Resource Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5051 or REHB5049 or REHB5072 Assessment: online tests (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorials (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit co-creates a rehabilitation counselling profile in case management and explores its potential impact on the profession. Case management (CM) discipline is introduced through a Taxonomy. The CM Taxonomy frames investigation of the nature of service and the role of rehabilitation counselling in the networks of care and support. Counselling in systems is a consistent theme across modules. The explication of the component parts of CM service leads to an exploration of their application. CM discourse leads to Case Load Management issues. Seeking relevance, students peruse current industry case management models in situ.
REHB5913 Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5073 Assessment: online tests (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorials (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit covers the scientist/practitioner model as the epistemological engine of evidence-based practice. Principles of measurement, psychometrics, assessment and evaluation inform a review of theory and models relevant to vocational assessment. Associated tools and strategies are profiled. Application of thinking processes, procedural steps, and tools are integrated into case study and simulation activities.
REHB5914 Applied Vocational Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5044 or REHB5070 Assessment: online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (30%), tutorials (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The Vocational context of community inclusion is central to the professional identity of rehabilitation counselling (RC) and the most common focus of applied RC practice. Students will study the nature of work from theory to management models. Students study and integrate career theory into an inclusive framework for vocational counselling with people with disabilities. The systemic impact of disability on work will be explored in skill clinic with interactive case study simulations based on the most prevalent disability classifications (ICF) in industry. BioPsychoSocial profiles of exemplar cases will be embedded in simulation.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5921 Rehabilitation Counselling II

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assessment: online test (10%), written assignment (30%), portfolio project (35%), tutorial (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit of study builds upon work done in REHB5911, extending individualised counselling into the community. Students revisit and refine Micro-skills development specifically in the building a working alliance. Group and family variations of applied counselling theory are explored in the context of vocation / occupational rehabilitation. Specific practical counselling situations involving common VR issues (problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, motivation, stress and coping, etc.) will provide the context for developing clinical reasoning skills and advancing practice in evidence-based techniques. The student reflects upon experience in counselling education in the creation of a personal statement of practice, a toolbox of skills upon which to practice, and a plan for the initial next steps in life long professional learning.
REHB5922 Disability Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Assumed knowledge: Fundamental principles of work-related injury and vocational rehabilitation Assessment: online test (10%), disability management project (60%), tutorial (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit of study covers the history, models, theory, practice and evidence of Disability Management (DM). Disability management is systemic in nature; the UoS will reflect this in its dual consideration of service and management perspectives. Teacher/student activity is embedded in project based learning. Students work in small groups to plan and document a project designed to advance the cause of good and evidence based practices in DM. Lectures and on-line self-directed learning will be concentrated in the early weeks in preparation for the project. Project will require self-directed work between sessions, and active group work in class settings. In this way, students will develop an understanding of the technical ideal, the pragmatically real, and the evolution of DM in Australia. The project will culminate with a portfolio product comprised of group and individual contributions.
REHB5923 BioPsychoSocial Aspects of Disability

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5061 Assessment: online test (10%), case studies (30%), portfolio project (35%), tutorial (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit operationalises the International Classification of Function (ICF) in a review of the systemic impact of Health conditions, disorder, or disease on the experience of Disability in community. ICF Profiles are developed and/or analysed in investigation of the arc and strategy of treatment, care, and support across a representative span of case studies/health conditions. Students will build health care/rehabilitation vocabulary and explore the rehabilitation counsellor role in each case setting.
REHB5924 Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5046 or REHB5071 Assessment: online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorial (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit examines workplace disability, rehabilitation, and worker's compensation system. The evolution of workers' compensation systems and a survey of disability incidence and cost provide the context for analysing the present day workers compensation systems in Australia. We will review history and policy development related to workers' compensation. The major health conditions responsible for work disability are identified and profiled from psychological, social, economic, and medical perspectives. Profiles of work disability are used to illustrate how the system works and the stakeholder roles within. Each aspect of work rehabilitation is considered from the stakeholder standpoint. Return-to-work is the context for exploring good and evidence based practice; finding the rehabilitation counsellor role, and reflecting on ethical considerations in service of multiple client stakeholders.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 2

Semester 1
REHB5082 Professional Practice 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Web-based. No on-campus attendance required. Prerequisites: REHB5060 and REHB5070 and REHB5071 and REHB5076 and REHB5061 and REHB5072 and REHB5073 and REHB5075 Prohibitions: REHB5074 Assessment: Supervisor evaluations at midterm and final (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory) and Review of Student Log (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory) Practical field work: 5 weeks of placement full time Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students must submit and pass a criminal record check, and demonstrate assumed knowledge requirements prior to placement
Supervised and structured on-the-job training and application of rehabilitation counseling skills in vivo. Students integrate theory in practice, demonstrate skill mastery,socialize in professional settings, document experience, and engage supervisors in service based learning.
Professional practice spans a 6 week block of full time employment (240 hours).
REHB5931 Disability, Public Policy, and Change

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: On campus: 2hr lecture/week - live/synchronous and recorded Online: module page and LMS resources Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5079 Assessment: online test (15%), group project (30%), position paper (30%) and tutorial participation (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit covers disability policy and its expression in legislation, governance, services, and politics. Students will study the origins and evolution of disability policy to better comprehend the values that drive change and the real world challenges that shape it. Disability inclusion in policy will be explored across sectors as well as disability-specific initiatives. Beyond understanding policy frameworks, students will reflect on the role of advocacy in creating positive change in the public weal on behalf of people with disabilities. Student project will focus on generating student positions on current policy issues.
REHB5933 Research and Evidence in Practice

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: On campus: 2hr lecture/week - live/synchronous and recorded Online: Module page and LMS resources Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assumed knowledge: Basic statistics, graduate level proficiency in writing (English) Assessment: on-line quiz (10%), case study (20%), essay (40%), tutorial participation (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit prepares the student for the Masters' capstone project. Content focuses on the fundamentals of evidence and research as it applies to the field of Rehabilitation Counselling. Students will explore quantitative research models and concomitant statistical designs; qualitative research and protocol; and the integrative thinking behind mixed methods. Action research will be a focus of discussion and activities in-class. Students will learn and model the scientist/practitioner as critical consumers of research and advocates for evidence-based practice. Students will prepare for their capstone project by engaging the field and placement site in topic development, and through an initial, supporting literature review.
Master of Rehabilitation Counselling elective [6] (see list below and note)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5083 Professional Practice 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Kate Thomson Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Web-based. No on-campus attendance required. Prerequisites: REHB5082 Assessment: Supervisor evaluations at midterm and final (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory) and Review of Student Log (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students must submit and pass a criminal record check, and demonstrate assumed knowledge requirements prior to placement
Supervised and structured on-the-job training and application of rehabilitation counseling skills in vivo. Students integrate theory in practice, demonstrate skill mastery,socialize in professional settings, document experience, and engage supervisors in service based learning.
Professional practice spans a 6 week block of full time employment (240 hours).
REHB5941 Inclusive Community Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: On campus: 2hr lecture/week - live/synchronous and recorded Online: Module Page and LMS resources Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assumed knowledge: International Classification of Function Assessment: online short answer test (15%), portfolio project (35%), case study (30%), tutorial participation (20%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The overarching theme of this Unit of Study is community development as an applied rehabilitation counselling strategy. Students will study WHO Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines and the principles of Community-based Inclusive development (CBID) as a systems framework for emerging professional practice. Students will explore how this systems framework informs modern practice at clinical, agency, and policy levels across the five CBR domains (Health, Education, Livelihood, Social, and Empowerment). Student projects will entail the development of international case studies and a portfolio project that demonstrates real, or potential Australian applications.
REHB5943 Rehab Counselling Capstone

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: On campus: 2hr lecture/week - live/synchronous and recorded Online: Module page and LMS resources Prerequisites: REHB5911, REHB5912, REHB5913, REHB5921, REHB5923, REHB5931, REHB5933, REHB5082 Prohibitions: REHB5081 Assessment: presentation (10%), tutorial (20%) and capstone project (70%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The Capstone experience represents the culmination of learning in the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling. Students will have a choice of producing a dissertation-style research product or a service-learning portfolio project. The research project entails development of a systematised review of literature and a research proposal based on findings. The service-learning portfolio project entails the development of a research/essay paper and resource product(s) that can be adapted for use by the Rehabilitation Counselling profession in the delivery of service or education. Examples of resource products include: Case study and training module, critical review and application of assessment tools, mapping community resources, program monitoring and evaluation report, etc. Students projects will be self-directed with supervision and support integrated into tutorials.
Master of Rehabilitation Counselling elective [6] (see list below and note)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Part-time mode

Year 1

Semester 1
REHB5911 Rehabilitation Counselling I

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week; 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5043 or REHB5076 Assessment: online test (10%), practical test - skill demonstration (35%), tutorials (30%), case studies (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit provides the foundation for student identification with the profession of rehabilitation counselling and acquisition of basic knowledge and specific skills central to counselling in the context of disability. Students will study the philosophical origins of the profession, its evolving scope of practice, the utility of counselling theory and the evidence-base of counselling practice. They will reconcile their generic counselling aspirations with the community-based, person/family-centred, solution-focused, and strengths-based social justice framework of rehabilitation counselling. The primary thrust of the unit is micro-skills acquisition and development. Upon completion the successful student will have full awareness of and nascent proficiency in case conceptualisation, clinical reasoning, developing a working alliance, communication, problem solving, and basic counselling techniques.
REHB5912 Rehabilitation Resource Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5051 or REHB5049 or REHB5072 Assessment: online tests (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorials (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit co-creates a rehabilitation counselling profile in case management and explores its potential impact on the profession. Case management (CM) discipline is introduced through a Taxonomy. The CM Taxonomy frames investigation of the nature of service and the role of rehabilitation counselling in the networks of care and support. Counselling in systems is a consistent theme across modules. The explication of the component parts of CM service leads to an exploration of their application. CM discourse leads to Case Load Management issues. Seeking relevance, students peruse current industry case management models in situ.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5921 Rehabilitation Counselling II

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assessment: online test (10%), written assignment (30%), portfolio project (35%), tutorial (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit of study builds upon work done in REHB5911, extending individualised counselling into the community. Students revisit and refine Micro-skills development specifically in the building a working alliance. Group and family variations of applied counselling theory are explored in the context of vocation / occupational rehabilitation. Specific practical counselling situations involving common VR issues (problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, motivation, stress and coping, etc.) will provide the context for developing clinical reasoning skills and advancing practice in evidence-based techniques. The student reflects upon experience in counselling education in the creation of a personal statement of practice, a toolbox of skills upon which to practice, and a plan for the initial next steps in life long professional learning.
REHB5923 BioPsychoSocial Aspects of Disability

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5061 Assessment: online test (10%), case studies (30%), portfolio project (35%), tutorial (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit operationalises the International Classification of Function (ICF) in a review of the systemic impact of Health conditions, disorder, or disease on the experience of Disability in community. ICF Profiles are developed and/or analysed in investigation of the arc and strategy of treatment, care, and support across a representative span of case studies/health conditions. Students will build health care/rehabilitation vocabulary and explore the rehabilitation counsellor role in each case setting.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS

Year 2

Semester 1
REHB5913 Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5073 Assessment: online tests (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorials (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit covers the scientist/practitioner model as the epistemological engine of evidence-based practice. Principles of measurement, psychometrics, assessment and evaluation inform a review of theory and models relevant to vocational assessment. Associated tools and strategies are profiled. Application of thinking processes, procedural steps, and tools are integrated into case study and simulation activities.
REHB5914 Applied Vocational Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: REHB5044 or REHB5070 Assessment: online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (30%), tutorials (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The Vocational context of community inclusion is central to the professional identity of rehabilitation counselling (RC) and the most common focus of applied RC practice. Students will study the nature of work from theory to management models. Students study and integrate career theory into an inclusive framework for vocational counselling with people with disabilities. The systemic impact of disability on work will be explored in skill clinic with interactive case study simulations based on the most prevalent disability classifications (ICF) in industry. BioPsychoSocial profiles of exemplar cases will be embedded in simulation.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5922 Disability Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Assumed knowledge: Fundamental principles of work-related injury and vocational rehabilitation Assessment: online test (10%), disability management project (60%), tutorial (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit of study covers the history, models, theory, practice and evidence of Disability Management (DM). Disability management is systemic in nature; the UoS will reflect this in its dual consideration of service and management perspectives. Teacher/student activity is embedded in project based learning. Students work in small groups to plan and document a project designed to advance the cause of good and evidence based practices in DM. Lectures and on-line self-directed learning will be concentrated in the early weeks in preparation for the project. Project will require self-directed work between sessions, and active group work in class settings. In this way, students will develop an understanding of the technical ideal, the pragmatically real, and the evolution of DM in Australia. The project will culminate with a portfolio product comprised of group and individual contributions.
REHB5924 Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5046 or REHB5071 Assessment: online test (10%), case study (30%), skill clinic project (35%), tutorial (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit examines workplace disability, rehabilitation, and worker's compensation system. The evolution of workers' compensation systems and a survey of disability incidence and cost provide the context for analysing the present day workers compensation systems in Australia. We will review history and policy development related to workers' compensation. The major health conditions responsible for work disability are identified and profiled from psychological, social, economic, and medical perspectives. Profiles of work disability are used to illustrate how the system works and the stakeholder roles within. Each aspect of work rehabilitation is considered from the stakeholder standpoint. Return-to-work is the context for exploring good and evidence based practice; finding the rehabilitation counsellor role, and reflecting on ethical considerations in service of multiple client stakeholders.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS

Year 3

Semester 1
REHB5931 Disability, Public Policy, and Change

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: On campus: 2hr lecture/week - live/synchronous and recorded Online: module page and LMS resources Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5079 Assessment: online test (15%), group project (30%), position paper (30%) and tutorial participation (25%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit covers disability policy and its expression in legislation, governance, services, and politics. Students will study the origins and evolution of disability policy to better comprehend the values that drive change and the real world challenges that shape it. Disability inclusion in policy will be explored across sectors as well as disability-specific initiatives. Beyond understanding policy frameworks, students will reflect on the role of advocacy in creating positive change in the public weal on behalf of people with disabilities. Student project will focus on generating student positions on current policy issues.
Master of Rehabilitation Counselling elective [6] (see list below and note)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5941 Inclusive Community Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: On campus: 2hr lecture/week - live/synchronous and recorded Online: Module Page and LMS resources Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assumed knowledge: International Classification of Function Assessment: online short answer test (15%), portfolio project (35%), case study (30%), tutorial participation (20%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The overarching theme of this Unit of Study is community development as an applied rehabilitation counselling strategy. Students will study WHO Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) guidelines and the principles of Community-based Inclusive development (CBID) as a systems framework for emerging professional practice. Students will explore how this systems framework informs modern practice at clinical, agency, and policy levels across the five CBR domains (Health, Education, Livelihood, Social, and Empowerment). Student projects will entail the development of international case studies and a portfolio project that demonstrates real, or potential Australian applications.
Master of Rehabilitation Counselling elective [6] (see list below and note)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS

Year 4

Semester 1
REHB5082 Professional Practice 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Web-based. No on-campus attendance required. Prerequisites: REHB5060 and REHB5070 and REHB5071 and REHB5076 and REHB5061 and REHB5072 and REHB5073 and REHB5075 Prohibitions: REHB5074 Assessment: Supervisor evaluations at midterm and final (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory) and Review of Student Log (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory) Practical field work: 5 weeks of placement full time Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students must submit and pass a criminal record check, and demonstrate assumed knowledge requirements prior to placement
Supervised and structured on-the-job training and application of rehabilitation counseling skills in vivo. Students integrate theory in practice, demonstrate skill mastery,socialize in professional settings, document experience, and engage supervisors in service based learning.
Professional practice spans a 6 week block of full time employment (240 hours).
REHB5933 Research and Evidence in Practice

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: On campus: 2hr lecture/week - live/synchronous and recorded Online: Module page and LMS resources Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assumed knowledge: Basic statistics, graduate level proficiency in writing (English) Assessment: on-line quiz (10%), case study (20%), essay (40%), tutorial participation (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The unit prepares the student for the Masters' capstone project. Content focuses on the fundamentals of evidence and research as it applies to the field of Rehabilitation Counselling. Students will explore quantitative research models and concomitant statistical designs; qualitative research and protocol; and the integrative thinking behind mixed methods. Action research will be a focus of discussion and activities in-class. Students will learn and model the scientist/practitioner as critical consumers of research and advocates for evidence-based practice. Students will prepare for their capstone project by engaging the field and placement site in topic development, and through an initial, supporting literature review.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
REHB5083 Professional Practice 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Kate Thomson Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Web-based. No on-campus attendance required. Prerequisites: REHB5082 Assessment: Supervisor evaluations at midterm and final (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory) and Review of Student Log (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students must submit and pass a criminal record check, and demonstrate assumed knowledge requirements prior to placement
Supervised and structured on-the-job training and application of rehabilitation counseling skills in vivo. Students integrate theory in practice, demonstrate skill mastery,socialize in professional settings, document experience, and engage supervisors in service based learning.
Professional practice spans a 6 week block of full time employment (240 hours).
REHB5943 Rehab Counselling Capstone

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: On campus: 2hr lecture/week - live/synchronous and recorded Online: Module page and LMS resources Prerequisites: REHB5911, REHB5912, REHB5913, REHB5921, REHB5923, REHB5931, REHB5933, REHB5082 Prohibitions: REHB5081 Assessment: presentation (10%), tutorial (20%) and capstone project (70%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
The Capstone experience represents the culmination of learning in the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling. Students will have a choice of producing a dissertation-style research product or a service-learning portfolio project. The research project entails development of a systematised review of literature and a research proposal based on findings. The service-learning portfolio project entails the development of a research/essay paper and resource product(s) that can be adapted for use by the Rehabilitation Counselling profession in the delivery of service or education. Examples of resource products include: Case study and training module, critical review and application of assessment tools, mapping community resources, program monitoring and evaluation report, etc. Students projects will be self-directed with supervision and support integrated into tutorials.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS

Master of Rehabilitation Counselling electives

Semester 1
REHB5063 Rehabilitation of PTSD

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Lynda Matthews Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Prohibitions: REHB5034 or REHB3065 Assessment: 2 x online tests (20%), Essay (50%), Participation (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
Exposure to traumatic events such as natural disasters, assaults and road accidents are relatively common in Australia. This unit examines the causes and consequences of posttraumatic stress disorder. Students will learn about the nature of traumatic stressors and the course of PTSD reactions. Major evidence-based approaches to treatment and rehabilitation are examined with interventions for both acute and persisting forms of the disorder being presented.
REHB5069 Rehabilitation of Alcohol and Drug Misuse

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rodd Rothwell Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online Prohibitions: REHB5014 or REHB3064 Assessment: Mid-semester quiz (30%), tutorial discussions (30%), essay (40%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Distance education
This unit introduces students to issues relating to a major contemporary social and community health problem; the misuse of alcohol and other addictive drugs - both licit and illicit. Two major areas will be examined: a) issues relating to the development of health promotion and preventative heath policy relating to the abuse of drugs. This will cover current debates relating to harm minimisation and associated legal and ethical considerations regarding illicit substances; and b) an examination and analysis of the varying approaches to treatment and rehabilitation for drug addiction. The unit will introduce students to current debates relating to public health policy approaches to addiction giving due consideration to the complications of illegality. Students will be required to report on the value and effectiveness of current harm minimisation practices; e.g., needle sharing programs, needle injecting facilities, methadone maintenance. Students will be asked to examine and report on the practical effectiveness and moral and ethical considerations surrounding the operation of such programs and possible alternatives. In the second half of the unit students will consider the effectiveness and community acceptance of the various established rehabilitation and treatment programs. This will include research into programs such as Alcoholic and Narcotic Anonymous, Therapeutic Communities, and the range of professionally-based therapeutic counselling approaches. The role of health professionals in these programs will also be examined.
REHB5954 Mental Health and Recovery

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: online Prohibitions: REHB5077 or REHB5042 or HSBH3015 Assumed knowledge: REHB5911 Rehabilitation Counselling I Assessment: online tests (15%), essay / case study (30%), tutorial (25%), portfolio project (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
In this unit, students will be introduced to the concept of recovery for people diagnosed with mental illness and to the goals, values and guiding principles of psychiatric rehabilitation. Rehabilitation interventions that have demonstrated efficacy in promoting recovery by reducing barriers to participation will be presented. Practices that aim to address the culture of stigma and low expectations by society of people with mental ill health will be examined. Local and international research underpinning best practice in rehabilitation management and service delivery will be reviewed and consumer perspectives and experiences explored.
Semester 2
REHB5068 Public Offenders: Aspects of Rehab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rodd Rothwell Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online Prohibitions: REHB5016 or REHB3062 Assessment: Mid-semester quiz (30%), tutorial discussions (30%), essay (40%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Distance education
This unit introduces students to issues relating to the management of public offenders for both adults of young offenders. Students will consider the major theories of criminality and their implications for rehabilitation in correctional settings. They will examine and comment on the different approaches to males/females/young offenders. Attention will be paid to incarceration policy and issues relating to those with mental health problems and with problems of addiction. Students will also be introduced to the range of correctional alternatives within and outside jails, e.g., community service options, weekend jail, work release and probation and parole, etc. In addition, students will examine the role of professionals in and out of jails. They will examine and assess the role of health professionals in the area of addiction, mental health, and HIV counselling within the jail system and the ethical issues surrounding these services. Also covered will be the role of health service professionals working with offenders in non-jail programs: e.g., probation and parole, community service and civil rehabilitation.
REHB5084 Work and Developmental Disability

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Assessment: Field research project 2000wd (40%), online examination (30%), online tutorial participation (30%) Campus: Cumberland, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
This is a transdisciplinary unit of study on the role of work (including voluntary work) in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and the state of practice, policy, theory and research in facilitating full participation in these roles. Both inclusive and segregated employment are encompassed as work. The unit will focus on the full age span of work life: transition to work, issues involved in obtaining and maintaining employment, as well as transition from work to retirement. These issues will include work training and support, work-related skills (e.g., travel skills), adaptations of work processes and environments, social inclusion and social interactions at work, industrial relations, wages systems (including productivity-based wages), job loss and return to work, career pathways and development, and the relevant policy and social context. Work-related rights, such as employment discrimination and income support entitlements will be addressed.
Note
Availability of electives may vary from year to year. With the approval of the Course Director electives, including FHS Abroad, may be selected from those available in the [[http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/health_sci/postgraduate/coursework/faculty_electives.shtml||Faculty Electives]] chapter of the handbook.