units

EDF6540

Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 3 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 3 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Mr Scott Douglas (Second semester, Clayton evening and Term 1, Hong Kong and Singapore); Dr Nicky Jacobs (Term 4, Hong Kong and Singapore); Ms Michele Huppert (Second Semester, Off-campus)

Synopsis

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.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand and be prepared to implement the professional, ethical, social, legal and moral obligations of counsellors
  2. comprehend the ethical requirements of the societies and professional organisations in the regions they plan to practice
  3. explore the functions and processes of these professional and legal bodies in dealing with ethical matters
  4. develop and demonstrate well informed decision-making processes regarding dilemmas arising in counselling
  5. determine professional competencies and limits of proficiency in a range of situations
  6. make appropriate referrals
  7. monitor and develop their own abilities and wellbeing as counsellors.

Assessment

Essay on ethical issues in the practice of counselling (4000 words, 50%)
Responses to two case vignettes (2 x 1500 words each, 50%)
Compendium (1000 words equivalent, ungraded pass)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester/term comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least fourteen hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students)

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week involving activities such as electronic reference searching, completion of practical exercises, reading and assignment preparation.

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Prohibitions

EDF6534