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EDF6540 - Ethics in counselling

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr N Jacobs


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Term 2 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 2 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit builds on core learning and further develops professional counselling practice in a sound ethical and legal context. Topics include: implementing ethical principles and codes of practice; moral and legal responsibilities; personal, social and professional values; diversity, sensitive issues and practice; duty of care; confidentiality and privacy issues; referral; dealing with multiple clients; and managing boundaries and professional relationships.


As a result of studying this unit, students will understand and be prepared to implement the professional, ethical, social, legal and moral obligations of counsellors. They will comprehend the ethical requirements of the societies and professional organizations in the regions they plan to practice; explore the functions and processes of these professional and legal bodies in dealing with ethical matters; develop and demonstrate well informed decision-making processes regarding dilemmas arising in counseling; determine professional competencies and limits of proficiency in a range of situations; make appropriate referrals; and monitor and develop their own abilities and well-being as counselors.


One essay on ethical issues in the practice of counselling (4,000 words): 45%; Responses to three case vignettes (1000 words each): 45%; and One professional Compendium of Ethical and Legal Requirements for the region students intend to practice including brochures, agencies and referral lists: 10% (equivalent 1,000 words)

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures per week, with an additional 21 hours per week private study time involving activities such as electronic reference searching completion of practical exercises, reading and assignment preparation