phe4epp ethical and prof prac




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on the counselling student's developing sense of professional identity and the privileges and obligations which this affords. Criteria aimed at ensuring ethical practice are examined, as are the dilemmas which can arise around confidentiality, duty of care, dual relationships, counselling minors, referrals, and work in large or multidisciplinary agencies. The counsellor's obligations to the wider community are considered, especially in legal or quasi-legal situations.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCOUN - Master of Counselling.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Available only to students enrolled in the Master of Counselling.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIssues and ethics in the helping profession (8th edn).PrescribedCorey, G, Corey, M & Callahan, P 2009BROOKS/COLE, PACIFIC GROVE CA.
ReadingsStandards and ethics for counselling in actionPrescribedBond, T 2000SAGE, LONDON.
ReadingsACA ethical standards casebookRecommendedHerlihy, B & Corey, G (eds) 20066TH EDN, AMERICAN COUNSELLING ASSOCIATION.
ReadingsQuestions of ethics in counselling and therapyRecommendedJones, C et al 2001OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS, MAIDENHEAD.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To develop critical knowledge of the key ethical dilemmas in counselling practice

workshop, enquiry-based learning

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKathleen Gregory

Class requirements

Four 1.0 days lecture per study period on saturday and delivered via face-to-face.
"Actual dates: 22/3, 12/4, 10/5, 17/5."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 2,500-word essay7501
one 20-minute group presentation, plus annotated bibliography25