Master Course Unit
COUN6141: Ethics in Practice
Duration: One trimester
Level: 1st year
Credit points: 6 (out of a total of 96 points)
Mode(s) of delivery: Blended Delivery
This unit is considered a central and integral part of the course, providing an awareness and understanding of ethical and legal issues in counselling and psychotherapy. The philosophical bases and approaches to ethics and ethical decision-making will be explored. The unit offers a knowledge base for understanding the ethical foundations of the profession, and an awareness of critical issues such as boundaries, confidentiality, power, trust, and respect for diversity and difference. Students are expected to understand the effect of values, labelling and stereotyping for themselves as counsellors and/or managers.
- Analyse the philosophical basis of ethics and of mature ethical decision-making practices with relevance to counselling.
- Evaluate counsellor and psychotherapist responsibilities with respect to legal and ethical issues including reference to professional codes of ethics, relevant policy and legislation.
- Critique and analyse ethical principles of confidentiality, boundary setting and trust in the therapeutic relationship.
- Demonstrate respect for client needs, rights and autonomy.
- Demonstrate awareness of the role of power in the therapeutic relationship.
The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.
Please refer to the document available here.
The material covered in this unit will contribute to the development of the following graduate attributes:
The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a range of contexts using literacy, numeracy and information technology skills.
- Independent and Lifelong Learning
A commitment to continued and independent learning, intellectual development, critical analysis and inquiry, integrative thinking, and creativity.
- Problem Solving
The ability to problem solve across a range of settings including professional, social and cultural contexts.
- Information Literacy
The ability to assimilate, analyse and utilise information effectively in a range of contexts, genres and texts types.
- Innovation and Sustainability
A capacity to promote innovation within a socially sustainable environment.
- Social Justice
An acknowledgment of and respect for equality of opportunity, individual and civic responsibility, indigenous and other cultures and times, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.
- Discipline Knowledge and Skills
A command of a significant body of discipline knowledge and relevant professional skills.
- Ethics and Ethical Practice
An awareness of, and sensitivity to, ethics and ethical standards on interpersonal and social levels, and within a field of study and/or profession. To demonstrate integrity on social, cultural, and environmental issues.
- Teamwork and leadership
A capacity for and an understanding of teamwork and leadership.
- Global Perspective
An appreciation, respect and valuing of cultural and intellectual diversity.
Students will attend an on campus workshop of 14 hours in this unit. These workshops are compulsory to meet PACFA Professional Training Standards which require a minimum of 200 hours of face-to-face teaching.
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: http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/order-course-materials-and-text-books/
Relevant journals and resources
Knowledge and understanding of these topics will be enhanced by wide reading of international peer-reviewed journal articles from various domains of counselling and psychotherapy, which can be accessed via the ACAP Library’s journal databases.
Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to http://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf 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.