This unit of study will examine the ethical factors relevant to counselling. The unit will 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.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and formulate ethical responses to dilemmas which may arise in counselling practice;  
  2. Plan and implement ethical decision-making in counselling; and  
  3. Investigate a range of ethical codes of conduct and apply ethical principles relevant to the ACA Professional Code of Ethics.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Ethical self-reflection – identify and discuss one potential challenge and barrier to being an ethical counsellor. (1000 words) 25%
Exercise In-class group role-play and student-facilitated discussion on an ethical dilemma to a counselling scenario drawing on theory relevant codes of ethics 35%
Test Multiple- choice test on codes of conduct and ethics applications relevant to a counselling context (90 mins) 40%

Required reading

Issues & ethics in the helping professions. 10th ed
Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Corey, C. (2019).
South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9781337406291

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