DPSY5104 - Ethics and professional practice - 2019

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis


Professor Peter Norton

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology


A range of topics associated with the provision of psychological services, including basic counselling skills, review of relevant legislation and ethical/professional standards, and developing ethically and culturally sensitive psychological practice. This unit comprises a two day workshop, held prior to the commencement of formal course-work and seminars. Material will be presented in various formats including didactic teaching, small group exercises and role plays. The workshop and seminars will be supplemented by readings and handouts.


The primary aim in this unit is to:

  1. Equip students with knowledge of the laws and ethical principles which govern research and professional practice in psychology and understand how to apply their knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of professional conduct to such issues as confidentiality, informed consent, freedom of information, intra and inter professional relationships, responsibilities, and professional conduct.
  2. Have an understanding of the intercultural and ethnic issues that impact on their practice.


Self Assessment (Hurdle)

Examination (60%)

Class presentation (40%)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study