Holistic Psychotherapy Practice and Supervision

Holistic Psychotherapy Practice and Supervision

Unit Description

Students will learn skills in case formulation, treatment planning, making referrals, and writing reports. They will develop skills in articulating and applying psychotherapy interventions.

This 6-credit point unit advances students’ understanding and application of psychotherapy in practice. Students will learn skills in case formulation, treatment planning, making referrals, and writing reports. They will develop skills in articulating and applying psychotherapy interventions. The function of clinical supervision in supporting the development of students as psychotherapists is explored. Students will present psychotherapy clients in supervision and receive feedback on their practice from their supervisor. Professional documents including client contracts, consent to release information forms, and supervision and counselling logs, are utilised in this unit.

Unit Code


Unit Type

Core Unit

Study Period

Year 2, Semester 2

Credit Points


Unit Coordinator

Katrina Dickson

Consultation Times

30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during the semester

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Accurately identify and apply key legal, ethical and professional requirements in their holistic psychotherapy practice
  2. Utilise clinical supervision to support their development as psychotherapists, and to ensure they provide skilful and ethical psychotherapy for their clients
  3. Prepare and present client cases in supervision sessions to demonstrate the integration of holistic psychotherapy knowledge and skills
  4. Develop and apply skills in case formulation and treatment planning
  5. Critically reflect on areas of professional practice and personal aspects of self in need of further development

Graduate Attributes

Attributes Statement
Ethical practice and integrity Our graduates will demonstrate high ethical standards in their practice and follow professional Codes of Ethics to do good (beneficence) and avoid harm (maleficence)
Professionalism Our graduates will have a highly developed understanding of their work roles and responsibilities and uphold a high level of professional conduct in their work
Holistic awareness Our graduates will have an in-depth understanding of how the physical body, the psyche and mind/ spirit/self are in constant interaction and relationship with each other and with the environment
Communication Our graduates will have well-developed written and oral communication skills, including listening deeply and receiving, interpreting and transmitting complex information, on many levels of awareness with colleagues, clients and the community
Critical thinking Our graduates will have critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and analyse information and make informed professional judgements

Delivery Mode

Workshop intensive on-campus, Start of Semester 4

9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday 18 – Saturday 23 July, 2023

18 hours in total.

Online delivery


Study Buddy activities

17 hours over the semester, guided by lecturer.

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 7.34 hours per week over the semester, 156 hours in total.

  • 18 hours on-campus workshop intensive
  • 17 hours study buddy work
  • 46 personal study hours
  • Placement and Supervision*

*Students will a) undertake a psychotherapy placement of 100 hours in one or more organisations that are of professional interest to students. Students will undertake 40 hours of holistic psychotherapy practice in their placement, which will be supervised by the Metavision Institute’s clinical supervisors.

Refer to Metavision Institute Work Integrated Learning Policy and Host Organisation MOU.

Available in Courses

This unit is available in the following courses:

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice)

Created: April 28, 2021, 4:48 p.m. • Updated: Oct. 16, 2023, 2:08 p.m.