HSCO601 – Kaupapa Akoako / Counselling Theory and Practice

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Module code
Module title
Kaupapa Akoako / Counselling Theory and Practice
To undertake counselling practice and integrate basic theory and skills, working with whanau/ tangata whaiora in the multicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • HS1602
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate developing practice skills as a bicultural counsellor in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
2. Analyse selected Maori and Western theories and models and application to counselling practice.
3. Evaluate own practice, including reflection, identifying gaps in knowledge and skills, and planning professional development to enhance future practice.
4. Critically reflect on participation in supervision and its application for ongoing personal and professional development.
- This module will include a minimum of 130 hours of practicum (including minimum 65 hours face-to-face counselling and minimum 65 hours agency)
- Professional practice and experience
- Theories, skills, and models of counselling practice
- Understanding a specific modality in depth
- Peer feedback processes
- Ethical and legal considerations
- Themes and issues in practice settings
- Application of theory and models to practice
- Cultural discourses and influence on professional practice
- Whanau/ tangata whaiora role in counselling
- Reflection/exploration of self-development and self-assessment
- Supervision approaches
- Supervision participation and application

Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-Integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.

Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.
Students must meet all the practicum placement requirements, including complete a minimum of 130 hours of practicum (including minimum 65 hours face-to-face counselling and minimum 65 hours agency) to be eligible to complete this module.