This unit will examine contemporary professional ethical and legal issues pertaining to clinical and community psychology training and practice. The emphasis will be on learning to conduct oneself professionally and ethically, developing ethical sensitivity and learning to resolve ethical dilemmas. Professional practice issues relevant to a broad range of psychological interventions, the current APS Code of Professional Conduct, current National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce, and examples of ethical dilemmas will be presented. Cultural values and expectations in the area of mental health care will be explored, particularly as these apply to multicultural, migrant and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Given that reflective practice is essential to professionalism and ethical conduct, a significant learning focus will be on self-reflection (on one’s attitudes, motivations, values, feelings and experiences) and reflection on one’s interactions with others, including inter-professional contexts of client care.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Students will be provided with an up to date resources list via VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):