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New Course Design at the University of Sydney Expands Student Career Opportunities

The Discipline of Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney concludes two years of research and development with the introduction of a unique, value-driven and evidence-based curriculum. The new design was aligned with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, informed by Community-based Rehabilitation practice, and inspired by best pedagogical practice.

The new courses will build graduate capacity for excellence and leadership in traditional employment settings and expand the career opportunities for Master’s students into new domestic and international opportunities.

The new program features include:

Focus on active and collaborative learning strategies. The emphasis is on critical thinking skills and applied learning in the community. Students will engage in case studies and simulations in tutorials that bridge all units of study from week 1.

Enriched vocational rehabilitation content in year 1. Coursework has intensified focus on applied counselling, assessment, and case management skills; increased content in the world of work/careers, medical/rehabilitation terminology; and expanded industry partnerships.

Enhanced Field Placements. Developed partnership with Work Integrated Learning has resulted in: learning objectives, in-service orientation, barrier tasks, and protocol to prepare and insure “placement-ready” students; streamlined and participative student tracking on placement; and expanded length of first year placement in workers comp settings.

Expanded opportunity for specialized learning in year 2. The Masters coursework enhances student choice through: “tracks” of electives (psychiatric disabilities, developmental disabilities, at-risk populations, and disability management); capstone projects and placements aligned with elective track; and expanded length of both second year placements.

The new curriculum will be integrated with the University wide migration to a new, improved LMS system that will integrate accessible distance education technologies and social media platforms. Year one rolls out in 2018.

Information about the programs offered at the University of Sydney can be found by clicking here.

RC Discipline Celebrates MOU with National Changhua University of Education

On 30 October, 2017, the Discipline of Rehabilitation Counselling will host a day long workshop in celebration and continuation of the MOU we have with National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan, and working partnership with NCUE Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counselling. The partnership is part of a loose federation of Rehabilitation Counselling programs in the Asia/Pacific region and has been developing for several years. NCUE partners will be the guests of honour for this event. There will be a panel review of current projects and lessons learned to open the event. The workshop will focus on developing a program of international research and learning opportunities that will bring our students and programs together.

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