Master of Rehabilitation Counselling

Rehabilitation Counselling

Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling

Students complete 48 credti points, comprising:
(a) 48 credit points of core units of study.
On and off-campus: full-time, 2 semesters; part-time, 4 semesters

Full-time mode

Semester 1 - Core
REHB5911 Rehabilitation Counselling I

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Erin M Fearn-Smith and Gillian Boardman Session: Semester 1 Classes: Weekly in class tutorial for on-campus students, weekly on-line tutorial for distance students. Prohibitions: REHB5043 or REHB5076 Assessment: Tutorial participation (30%), practical test - skill demonstration (40%), Reflective Writing (30%) 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.
Textbooks
Corey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (Tenth ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. Ivey, A. E., Ivey, M. B., & Zalaquett, C. P. (2018). Intentional interviewing and counseling: Facilitating client development in a multicultural society (Ninth ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
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: Weekly 2 hour in class tutorial for on-campus students, weekly on-line tutorial for distance students. Prohibitions: REHB5073 Assessment: online tests (20%), case study (30%), skill clinic project and presentation (40%), tutorials (10%) 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: Quizzes (25%), skill clinic portfolio (50%), 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 and the most common focus of applied RC practice. Students will study the nature of work from theory to management; career theories and their application in vocational rehabilitation counselling (VRC), and the role of VRC in facilitating employment for persons with disabilities.; Students will engage in VRC interviewing, assessment, planning, implementing and monitoring of placement interventions in case study, simulation, and in situ contexts. Students practice using the international classification of function as a taxonomy for case conceptualisation and planning. The range of evidence-based and innovative vocational rehabilitation practices reviewed will expand student understanding of the scope of the counselling role especially in regards to work and disability.
Semester 2 - Core
REHB5921 Rehabilitation Counselling II

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Erin M Fearn and Gillian Boardman Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assumed knowledge: Fundamental principles of counselling. Assessment: Group Facilitation (20%) Tutorial Participation (30%), weekly reflections (20%), Reflective Journal (30%) 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 and group counselling contexts. Students revisit and refine Micro-skills development specifically in group settings. Group and family variations of applied counselling theory are explored. Specific practical counselling situations involving 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 group facilitation 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.
Textbooks
Corey, M., Corey, G., & Corey, C. (2016). Groups: Process and Practice (Tenth edition). Boston, Massachusetts: Cengage 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 Teacher/Coordinator: Gillian Boardman Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5046 or REHB5071 Assumed knowledge: University of Sydney Code of Conduct Assessment: Quizzes (30%), skill clinic portfolio (45%), tutorial (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit examines workplace disability, rehabilitation, and worker's compensation system. 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. Recovery-at-work and Return-to-work are the contexts 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 and REHB5912 and REHB5913 and 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).

Part-time mode

Year 1

Semester 1 - Core
REHB5911 Rehabilitation Counselling I

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Erin M Fearn-Smith and Gillian Boardman Session: Semester 1 Classes: Weekly in class tutorial for on-campus students, weekly on-line tutorial for distance students. Prohibitions: REHB5043 or REHB5076 Assessment: Tutorial participation (30%), practical test - skill demonstration (40%), Reflective Writing (30%) 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.
Textbooks
Corey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (Tenth ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. Ivey, A. E., Ivey, M. B., & Zalaquett, C. P. (2018). Intentional interviewing and counseling: Facilitating client development in a multicultural society (Ninth ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
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 2 - Core
REHB5921 Rehabilitation Counselling II

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Erin M Fearn and Gillian Boardman Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Assumed knowledge: Fundamental principles of counselling. Assessment: Group Facilitation (20%) Tutorial Participation (30%), weekly reflections (20%), Reflective Journal (30%) 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 and group counselling contexts. Students revisit and refine Micro-skills development specifically in group settings. Group and family variations of applied counselling theory are explored. Specific practical counselling situations involving 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 group facilitation 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.
Textbooks
Corey, M., Corey, G., & Corey, C. (2016). Groups: Process and Practice (Tenth edition). Boston, Massachusetts: Cengage 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.

Year 2

Semester 1 - Core
REHB5913 Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Weekly 2 hour in class tutorial for on-campus students, weekly on-line tutorial for distance students. Prohibitions: REHB5073 Assessment: online tests (20%), case study (30%), skill clinic project and presentation (40%), tutorials (10%) 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: Quizzes (25%), skill clinic portfolio (50%), 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 and the most common focus of applied RC practice. Students will study the nature of work from theory to management; career theories and their application in vocational rehabilitation counselling (VRC), and the role of VRC in facilitating employment for persons with disabilities.; Students will engage in VRC interviewing, assessment, planning, implementing and monitoring of placement interventions in case study, simulation, and in situ contexts. Students practice using the international classification of function as a taxonomy for case conceptualisation and planning. The range of evidence-based and innovative vocational rehabilitation practices reviewed will expand student understanding of the scope of the counselling role especially in regards to work and disability.
Semester 2 - Core
REHB5924 Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Gillian Boardman Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: REHB5911 Prohibitions: REHB5046 or REHB5071 Assumed knowledge: University of Sydney Code of Conduct Assessment: Quizzes (30%), skill clinic portfolio (45%), tutorial (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
This unit examines workplace disability, rehabilitation, and worker's compensation system. 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. Recovery-at-work and Return-to-work are the contexts 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 and REHB5912 and REHB5913 and 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).