COUN0018 Social Legal and Ethical Frameworks


Diploma Course Unit

Credit points: 6 out of 48


COUN0011 Reflective Learning and Practice

COUN0012 Psychology of Health and Wellnes

COUN0013 Counselling Skills

COUN0014 Personal and Professional Development

Mode of Study: On-campus and online

Unit Description

In this unit students learn to identify and apply ethical practice skills and comply with legal responsibilities inherent in providing counselling services to clients. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own values and beliefs and to think ethically. 

The unit looks at the roles of codes of ethics, legislation, moral discourses and ethical principles as they apply to counselling, and assists students to identity areas of risk and appropriate actions to address them. Power at social and interpersonal levels will be analysed in relation to the impact on clients and the development of student's self-awareness. Students will also be encouraged to identify and critique their values and beliefs in relation to the social, legal and ethical needs of people with cultural differences, disabilities, and those affected by physical and emotional abuse.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

a) analyse codes of ethics, legislation, moral discourse, values and ethical principles in counselling

b) describe, and identify ethical and legal responsibilities inherent in the provision of counselling

c) apply ethical decision making to ethical dilemmas

d) identify appropriate actions in circumstances of risk to self and others

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:


Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.