Master of Education in Counselling and Human Services

Departmental Special Regulations for the MEd (Councelling and Human Services)

Entrance Requirements

Entrance into the MEd (CHS) shall be in accordance with the Faculty Special Regulation 41.1.

Work experience

Notwithstanding regulation 41.1, candidates with a pass in their first degree and further postgraduate work experience or two years relevant work experience shall also be admissible.

Exemptions

Holders of the PGDCE [UB] or equivalent qualifications shall be exempted from Level One courses [except for compulsory courses EFH 651 AND EFH 751] that are deemed equivalent to MEd CHS] courses. PGDCE [UB] students shall be exempted from the following courses if the have completed equivalent courses in the PGDCE: EFH 640, EFH 642, EFH 643, EFH 644, EFH 645 and EFH 646. Course exemptions at Level One for holders of equivalent postgraduate qualifications shall be treated on a case-by-case basis.

Course Work, Practicum & Internship

Subject to the provision of General Regulations 000, the following regulations shall apply to students enrolled in the MEd [(CHS). Students must pass all courses, which they have taken [including EFH 651 and EFH 751] in order to be awarded the degree.

Course Work

The degree shall consist of thirteen taught course equivalent to 39 credits and internship equivalent to 12 credits. The thirteen courses shall comprise three core courses offered at Faculty level and ten courses offered as programme specialisation. Students shall be required to complete satisfactorily, a minimum of 24 credit hours before proceeding to EFH 651 and EFH 751. For students with postgraduate diploma qualifications, the computation of the 24 credits shall include credits for their diploma courses, which will have been used as the basis to exempt them from some of the level I MEd [CHS] courses. Full-time students shall take EFH 651 during Semester three, Level II. Full-time students shall take EFH 751 during Semester Four, Level II.

Practicum (EFH 651)

This course EFH 651 is a pre-requisite to EFH 751. The minimum number of hours spent on EFH 651 shall be 30 hours in class and 96 hours in the field. Of the 30 hours of class sessions, 24 hours shall be devoted to micro-counselling practice in the application of interpersonal relationship skills, working with both individuals and groups and in-vivo practice in other relevant aspects of the training. The remaining six hours will be devoted to intermittent group comments, debriefing, sharing and consultation with the course coordinator during field attachment The 96 hours of field attachment shall be spread over at least six consecutive weeks after completion of the 24-hours of the micro-training phase and shall be distributed as follows: A minimum of 12 hours per week in direct contact with clients. Of this time, 4 hours shall be devoted to activities with individuals and 8 hours to group activities. A minimum of 4 hours per week shall be spent on the professional activities and support such as consultation [especially with on-site supervisor], training, networking, and re-search.

Internship (EFH 751)

Notwithstanding the Faculty of Education Special Regulation 41.56, students shall undertake a Counselling and Human Service Project as an integral component of their internship work. The minimum number of hours spent on EFH 751 shall be 560. One quarter of this time shall be allocated to a Counselling and Human Services Project. Each student shall select a study topic on which to collect data, analyse it and write a report to be submitted in partial fulfilment of the MEd (CHS) degree. The selection of topic of the paper shall be done in consultation with university supervisors before participating in the Internship. The Counselling and Human Service Project Report shall consist of approximately 4,000 words (excluding references and appendices) and shall not exceed 8,000 words. The internship shall include:

A minimum of 20 hours per week for full-time students and ten hours per week for part-time students in direct contact with clients. Of this time, eight hours (four hours for part-time students for up to two semesters) shall be devoted to activities with individuals and twelve hours [six hours for part-time students for up to two semesters] to group activities; a minimum of ten hours per week (five for part-time students for up to two semesters) shall be spent on the professional activities and support such as consultation, training, networking, management or day-to-day operations of the organisation and research.

The total number of hours for each segment of the internship for full-time and part–time students shall be equal. However, part-time students may spread the work over a longer period as determined by the UB supervisor but not longer than double the period prescribed for full-time students.

The course coordinator shall be responsible for the in-vivo 30-hour micro-counselling training. The coordinator, together with relevant UB staff, shall provide regular supervision for each student on a weekly basis during the field attachment. Feedback on the supervision shall be in writing. Each student shall produce a self-report comprising a comprehensive documentation and description of the entire internship experience, including a log of hours spent on professional and supporting activities. The analysis of the log data should take into account the time allocations as prescribed. The report shall be included in the course package with all other materials and resources used during the internship fieldwork. The UB staff shall mark the internship report.

Assessment

Continuous assessment shall be in accordance with Faculty of Education Special Regulation 41.6. There shall be formal assessment of Practicum and Internship done by the designated and appropriately qualified on-site supervisor (a helping professional with training in counselling or a related area) and a University of Botswana staff member who has the relevant training. The designated UB staff members shall provide regular supervision at agreed intervals of no longer than two weeks, while the on-site supervisor shall do it on a weekly basis. The assessment of the journal and the analysis of the logbook should take into account the time allocation as prescribed. The report shall be included in the Internship package with all other materials and resources used during Internship. The internship report and the Counselling and Human Service Project Report shall be marked by the supervisor and shall be internally and externally moderated. All courses except EFH 651 and EFH 751 shall be assessed in accordance with Faculty of Education Regulation 41.6.

EFH 651 shall be assessed as follows:

A confidential report from Practicum on-site supervisor shall carry thirty-five per cent of the Practicum grade. Practicum assessment forms completed by faculty staff shall carry thirty-five per cent of the Practicum grade. A written report from the student on the total course experience that shall carry thirty per cent of the Practicum grade.

EFH 751 shall be assessed as follows:

A confidential report from Internship on-site supervisor shall carry twenty-five per cent of the Internship grade. Internship assessment forms completed by faculty staff, shall carry twenty- five per cent of the Internship grade. A written report from the student on the supervised Internship shall carry twenty- five per cent of the Internship grade. The Counselling and Human Service Project Report shall carry twenty-five per cent of the Internship grade.

 

Level I:

All students shall be required to take the following courses:

Semester One

Core courses (12 credits)

EFF640 Integrated Foundations of Education

EFF641 Educational Research I

EFH641 Counselling Theories and Indigenous Helping Approaches in Africa and either

EFH 640 Foundations of Counselling and Human Services OR

Any course from Level 2, Semester One, subject to approval by the MEd (CHS) Programme Coordinator. (This applies to students who hold a PGDCE [UB] certificate or equivalent).

Semester Two

Core courses (9 credits)

Options (3 credits)

EFF642 Educational Research II

EFH642 Career Development

EFH643 Group Process and Dynamics in Counseling

Take any one course from the list below. Except for

EFH652, which will be available every year, the Department may not guarantee availability of any of the remaining courses in the list. Students shall ascertain availability from the relevant department before registering for any of the options listed.

EFH 652 Teaching Methods in Guidance

TRS 603 Contextual Theology

TRS 609 Moral Theology

TRS 626 Ethics of Religion

TRS 627 Philosophy of Religion

TRS 628 Sociology of Religion

MSW 604 Social Policy in a Changing Society

MSW 606 Poverty & Welfare

MSW 702 Child & Family Welfare

MSW 707 Social Work in Educational Settings

LAW 608 International Human Rights law

MNS 718 Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Level II: In the 2nd year of the Programme, students shall take the following courses

Semester Three Core (12 credits)

EFH 644 Appraisal Techniques

EFH 645 Ethical & Legal Issues in Counselling

EFH 646 Counselling of Persons with Special Needs

EFH 651 Practicum in Counselling and Human Services Options (3 credits) - Take any one of the following:

EFH 647 Seminars: Contemporary Issues and Challenges in Counselling

EFH 648 Counselling Over the Life Span

EFH 649 Stress Management

EFH 650 Programme Development and Delivery

Semester Four

EFH 751 Internship in Counselling and Human Services (12 credits)

Course Equivalents: PGDCE [UB] AND Med [CHS] [UB]