Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Hong Kong Term 2 2013 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 2 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Leesa Tinney (First semester off-campus); Mr Scott Douglas (Second semester evening, Term 2 Hong Kong and Singapore)


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 organisations 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 counselling;
  • 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 counsellors.


One essay on ethical issues in the practice of counselling (4,000 words): 50%; Responses to two case vignettes (1500 words each): 50%; Compendium (1000 words equivalent): ungraded pass

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Contact hours

On campus local students: 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.
'For Singapore and Hong Kong students, there is on-line study as well as an intensive face to face week'.