This unit of study will examine the social and ethical factors relevant to counselling. Factors to be considered include gender, ethnicity, class, occupation, and age. Implications of social context for counselling practice such as the assumptions that client and counsellor bring to counselling as a function of their social background, power relationships in the counsellor-client dyad, blaming the victim versus empowerment will also be addressed. The unit will also address ethical issues in counselling, ethical principles and ethical dilemmas: the philosophical basis of ethical principles; client rights and responsibilities, counsellor rights and responsibilities and referrals from an ethical perspective.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
APT5070

Prerequisites

Nil.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise the ethical principles relevant to the client-counsellor relationship.  
  2. Critically review the impact of social context factors on the counselling process and counsellor decision-making and ethical stance.  
  3. Formulate and justify response to ethical dilemmas appropriately which may arise in counselling practise.  
  4. Plan and implement ethical decision-making in the assessment counselling work.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Class presentation on an ethical dilemma (2000 words) 50%
Essay Essay on the application of ethical principles to counselling work (4000 words) 50%

Required reading

Issues and ethics in the helping professions
Corey, G, Corey, M & Callanan, P. (2014)
Pacific Grove/Brooks Cole

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