Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will focus on the ethical obligations of counsellors as professional practioners in the contemporary context. Students will be expected to deal with their own readiness to take on such a responsibility and to consider what mechanisms need to be in place to ensure the clients' needs are appropriately met and to ensure that 'good' counselling practice occurs. The development of the counsellor as an ethical practitioner is considered from a number of contemporary ethical theories.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCOUN - Master of Counselling.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in the Master of Counselling.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEthical Maturity in the Helping Professions: Making difficult life and work decisions.PrescribedCarroll, M. & Shaw, E. (2012)PSYCHOZ PUBLICATIONS
ReadingsEthics: an introduction to philosophy and practicePrescribedFreeman, S 2000WADSWORTH, BELMONT, CA.
ReadingsIssues and ethics in the helping professionsRecommendedCorey, G, Corey, M & Callanan, P 20066TH EDN, BROOKS/COLE, CA.
ReadingsStandards and ethics for counselling in actionRecommendedBond, T 2000SAGE, LONDON.
ReadingsTherapists' dilemmasRecommendedDryden, W 1997SAGE, LONDON.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Class requirements

Block Mode
Four 1.0 days block mode per study period on saturday during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"7 hours per day"


Assessment elementComments%
one 5,000-word essay100