COU515 Ethics in Professional Counselling critically appraises the range of ethical, moral and legal issues that professional counsellors may encounter in counselling individuals, couples, families, groups and community in various contexts with diverse populations, both face to face and online. Through lecture, discussion, reading, and role-play, group-based assignment (GBA), and assignment (Tutor Marked Assignment or TMA), and End-of Course Assessment (ECA), students will critique and debate issues such as ethical codes and ethical decision-making, boundaries of competence, confidentiality, dual relationships, therapy and research. Through critical reflection, students will formulate their own ethical posture as professional counsellors and enhance their decision-making and consultation skills when faced with ethical dilemmas.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July