PSY4020 Ethical and Professional Practice
|Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Ipswich|
|Short Description:||Ethical & Professional Practic|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Psychology and Counselling|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||090701 - Psychology|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Adina Piovesana
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
There are a number of ethical and professional issues that are common to the various specialised fields of psychological practice whether they be in clinical psychology, counselling psychology, neuropsychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology, or any other area of psychological practice. In all such fields psychologists are exposed to a variety of clinical issues. These issues can include, but are not limited to: client and therapist relationship, choice of theoretical orientation when conducting therapy, exposure to various clinical disorders (such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders), and how to recognise and handle the difficult client. In addition it is also recognised that psychologists need to be acutely aware of ethical codes of conduct, the competencies required for registration, the National Practice Standards and how these guidelines affect the daily practice of psychology in Australia.
This course is designed to introduce the student to a number of issues involved in the professional practice of psychology. Various issues such as working with challenging populations, learning, knowing, and applying ethical guidelines, and evaluating various ethical dilemmas in a variety of clinical settings (through real life and simulated case studies) will be explored. Students must be able to access StudyDesk.
This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- demonstrate a high level of awareness awareness of ethical issues that influence psychological professional practice;
- relate basic skills of psychological practice to underlying theory and to concepts of professionalism.
|3.||National Practice Standards||10.00|
|4.||Boundary Crossing and Boundary Violations||30.00|
|5.||The Role of the Therapist||10.00|
|6.||Dealing with Difficult Clients||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=01&subject1=PSY4020)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|Workshop attendance and partic||1||0||26 Feb 2019||(see note 1)|
|Case Vignettes||40||40||22 Mar 2019||(see note 2)|
|Ethics Analysis Assignment||10||15||22 Mar 2019||(see note 3)|
|2000 - 2500 Word Essay||100||45||10 May 2019||(see note 4)|
- Attendance at the workshops is mandatory.
- Examiner will advise the due date for the Case Vignettes.
- Examiner will advise the due date for the Ethics Analysis Assignment.
- Examiner will advise the due date for the 2000 - 2500 Word Essay.
Important assessment information
Attendance at the two, two-day intensive workshops associated with this course is mandatory. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as workshops and the on-line discussion group) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To complete the residential school attendance and participation satisfactorily students must achieve 100% for the item. To complete each of the remaining assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the total marks available for each item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve 100% of the marks available for the workshop attendance and participation and at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Due to accreditation requirements the grade of Conceded Pass cannot be applied in compulsory psychology courses. (PSY4020 being one such course).
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative items in the course.
There is no examination for this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
Attendance at the two, two-day intensive workshops associated with this course is mandatory. Workshops will be held at the Ipswich Campus.