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Professional Ethics and Supervision

2014 unit code: PSC60011 (formerly HAYS413)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours36 hours

Admission to the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling).


Aims and objectives

This unit provides an introduction to professional ethics and supervision requirements as a psychologist/counsellor. A key aspect of this subject is to work in a collaborative way with your supervisor and peers to discuss and review client-therapist relationships and client assessment and progress. A further aim of this subject will be reviewing the legal and ethical responsibilities required of a psychologist/counsellor.
Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of current legal and ethical requirements expected from a psychologist/counsellor
* Engage in peer sharing and trainer’s guidance/feedback regarding case studies of ethical and legal issues
* Learn how to establish rapport and define clients’ problems appropriately.
* Demonstrate the ability to establish rapport and define clients’ problems appropriately.
* Demonstrate further learning of client-therapist interactions through counselling experience gained from practicum sites (plus
   feedback received from direct supervision, group and peer supervision of case studies).

Teaching methods

Class sessions involving case discussions, reflective activities, case presentation and class participation.


A Pass/Fail unit consisting of:
* Face-to-face direct counselling hours (8 hours)
* Individual dupervision (5 hours)
* Related counselling activities (10 hours)
* Supervisor's evaluation report of student performance at practicum site (80%)
* Active participation in group supervision (20%)

Generic skills outcomes

 The graduate attributes associated with this unit of study are as follows:


 * are capable in their chosen professional areas.

 * operate effectively in work and community.

 * are adaptable and manage change.

 * are aware of environments.



The focus of this unit is to expose the participants to actual clients and counselling situations, so as to make the learning of the fundamentals to establishing and defining problems suitable for effective counselling more meaningful. Under the supervision of trainers and experienced practitioners, students use micro-skills to relate effectively with their clients.

Reading materials

Corey, G., Theories & Practice of Counselling & Psychotherapy (7th Edition), Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, California, 2005.
Corey, G., Corey, M. S. & Callanan, P., Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions (7th Edition), Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, California, 2007.
De Shazer, S., Keys to Solution in Brief Therapy, W. W. Norton & Co., NY, 2000.
Egan, G., Exercises in Helping Skills (7th Edition), Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, California, 2002.
Egan, G., The Skilled Helper: A Problem Management and Development Opportunity Approach to Helping (9th Edition), Brooks/Cole,  Pacific Grove, California, 2010.
Ivey, A. E. & Ivey, M. B., Intentional Interviewing & Counselling: Facilitating Client Development in a Multicultural Society (6th edition),   Thomson, Brooks/Cole, California, 2007.
McLeod, J., An Introduction to Counselling (4th Edition), McGraw Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, 2009
Mearns, D., & Thorne, B., Person Centered Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory & Practice, Sage Publications, London, 2000.
Yeo, A., Counselling - A Problem-Solving Approach, Armour Publishing, Singapore,1990.