Graduate Counselling and Applied Psychology (GCAP) 686

Advanced Counselling Practicum II (Revision 1)


Permanently closed, effective May 2, 2018.

Delivery Mode: Paced study, online seminars, and field placement (50 hours face-to-face).

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Graduate Studies

Prerequisite: GCAP 685 OR GCAP 681 and GCAP 682

Precluded Courses: None

This course must be taken through GCAP.  Permission of the program is required. This course is not open to non-program students.

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology


GCAP 686: Advanced Counselling Practicum I is designed to provide a supplementary practicum experience for students who desire to obtain additional supervised clinical experience. Students who intend to seek entrance into doctoral programs that require more practicum hours, students who require additional coursework for licensure, and students who wish to improve their clinical skills or develop a specialization may benefit from completing GCAP 686.


  • Unit 1: Practicum Organization Overview
  • Unit 2: Clinical Management Processes
  • Unit 3: Supervision
  • Unit 4: Client Feedback and Termination

Course Evaluation

The Advanced Counselling Practicum II will be graded based on the following course activities, with the percentage weighting of each activity as indicated. Final grades for the course will be a composite mark based on student performance on these course activities. Students must obtain a grade of 70% overall on components graded by percentage. To receive credit for GCAP 686, students must also receive a pass on each of the pass/fail components of the course.

Course Assignments

The assessment structure for GCAP 685: Advanced Counselling Practicum is based on the following course activities.

Course Activity Weight
Participation in Online Discussions 30%
Assignment 1: Reflective Journal, Portfolio, and Exit Interview 30%
Assignment 2: Best Ethical Practices Review 40%
Practicum Evaluation (with completed hours) P/F
Total 100%

For pass/fail components of the course, full completion of the tasks is required to obtain a pass on that component.

Course Materials

All other course materials are available online.

Other Course Requirements

Client contact hours: Students are required to complete the required direct client contact hours with a satisfactory evaluation. Failure to complete the required number of client contact hours will result in a fail in the course.

Other Information

Students with a disability, who require academic accommodation, need to register with the Access to Students with Disabilities Centre at Athabasca University. Notification of the need for academic accommodation must normally be provided to the program office no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of class. It is the student's responsibility to register with the Disability Centre to request academic accommodation if required and to notify the instructor that such accommodation has been requested. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate individual student needs. However, because GCAP courses are paced, all student are required to participate weekly in the online discussion forums. There are also several courses where online exams are required.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice.

Opened in Revision 1, April 2010.