Responsible Ethical Counselling

VET Diploma Level Module

This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to the delivery of an ethical and legal counselling service, and to ensure client rights are protected. It will also provide you with the basic competencies required by community service workers to recognise and respond appropriately to signs and symptoms that indicate individuals may be at risk. Skills and knowledge developed in this module are intended to be applied in delivery of an ethical and legal counselling service, and to ensure client rights are protected in formal helping roles in any community service context or where caregivers encounter persons at risk.

Learning Elements

The unit of competency CHCCSL508B Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice contains five elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • address client and counsellor rights and responsibilities within counselling practice
  • analyse issues involved in counselling practice and client-counsellor relationships
  • demonstrate ethical practice in client-counsellor relationships
  • formulate a plan for ongoing personal and professional development
  • formulate referral procedures

The unit of competency CHCCS514B Recognise and respond to individuals at risk contains three elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • identify and assess the person's current risk
  • work actively with the person to reduce the immediate risk and increase safety
  • provide referral for crisis intervention support

Content Areas

  • Ethical Counselling
  • Legal Responsibilities of the Counsellors
  • Protecting Minors
  • The Client-Counsellor Relationship
  • Counsellor Supervision
  • Identifying Clients at Risk
  • Crisis Intervention Strategies
  • Referral
  • Suicide
  • Interventions of Suicide
  • Counsellor Self-Awareness
  • Personal and Professional Development

Module Duration and Workload

This module involves a total of 96 hours per term of study including course work component, teacher contact, research related study activities, translating to approximately 8 hours study per week. Students will need to allocate additional time for the completion of assessment activities related to the module.