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COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH


The knowledge and skills acquired in this course are designed to address areas of competence required for registration as a counsellor, and will be relevant to similar standards in most health disciplines. There are professional competencies that students must acquire that are fundamental to the practice of counselling and to the helping professions generally. At the ideological level, comprehensive knowledge of professional ethics is central to effective practice regardless of specialisation. At the procedural level, students require knowledge and skills regarding client referral processes, risk assessment and management, cross-cultural practice, and management of consent and confidentiality. At the philosophical level, students also require the capacity for appropriate self-care and personal development by engaging in clinical supervision, as well as a clear understanding of their professional identity. This course is one of the core courses that informs and provides the foundation for other courses in the counselling stream, as well as underpinning the learning outcomes for the various specialisations and advanced degrees in the counselling stream.

This course includes a focus on ethics and the application of counselling ethics codes. The course will provide opportunities for students to examine legislation including anti-discrimination, privacy, child protection, disability/racial/sex discrimination, and mental health, all of which interact with counselling practice. In addition, students will develop knowledge and competence regarding the legal and procedural aspects of client or patient management, including intake, record-keeping, managing informed consent, risk assessment and management, and ethical decision making. Clinical supervision will be included as a topic, as well as reflective practice skills to ensure independent self-care and essential learning and development.

This course contains a mandatory four day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online synchronous tutorials.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 External
Date printed 27 June 2022