10cp Prerequisites Nil Teaching Organisation Two contact hours per week via lectures, tutorials, seminars and skills-based workshops. Additional weekly reading will be required.
This unit explores the nature of ethics and professional practice in counselling. Students will examine the key tenets of moral philosophy and applied ethics especially moral responsibility, and theories of ethics. The Codes of Ethics and Guidelines of bodies such as the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, the American Counselling Association, and the Australian Psychological Society will be utilised to highlight ethical obligations. Key ethical concerns including, boundary violations and crossings, confidentiality, multiple relationships, supervision, record keeping, mandatory reporting, and working with minors will be explored. Statutory and legal obligations on the counsellor within Australia will also be covered.