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Celebrant and Client: Legal, Ethical and Personal Issues (12 points)


Leader: Judy Watt

Clayton First semester 2003 (OCL)
Caulfield Second semester 2003 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2004 (OCL)
Caulfield Second semester 2004 (Evening)

Synopsis: This unit examines the nature of a profession and the professional status of civil celebrants. Issues include legislation and precedent, registration of births, marriages and deaths, engagement, premarital and marital formalities, immigration, divorce, children's issues and death certificates. Also discussed are principles of ethics, ethical dilemmas, decisions about referral, consultation, confidentiality, listening skills and interacting with people at times of emotional stress.

Assessment: Essays on legal issues (3200 words): 35% + Essay on ethical issues (2600 words): 30% + Essay on personal issues (3200 words): 35%

Contact Hours: 3 hour lecture/seminar per week

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