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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Hong Kong Term 1 2011 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Term 4 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 1 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 4 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Natasha James (off-campus, Clayton); Dr Susan Miller (on-campus, Clayton); Ms Angela Gorman-Alesi (Off-shore; T1 Singapore, T1 Hong Kong); Mr Douglas Scott (Off-shore; T4 Singapore, T4 Hong Kong); (On/Off-campus, Clayton)


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;
  • 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): 50%; Responses to two case vignettes (2000 words each): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Brett Furlonger

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