Details for Legal and Ethical Considerations

This subject looks at the legislative framework of human services practice and professional ethical codes of conduct as they apply to counselling, ministry and related fields of practice within Australia.  This subject will familiarise you with the ethical standards expected in professional practice involving work with others as individuals or communities, the requirements of documentation, and the appropriate ways to respond to legal and/or ethical dilemmas.  It will also explore a range of related professional issues with a focus on self-care.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC304
  • Credit points: 10


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Legal and Ethical Considerations

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Assessment Methods

Critical Reflection - 30%

Case Responses - 30%

Major Essay - 40%

Representative References

Boyle, C., & Gamble, N. 2014. Ethical practice in applied psychology. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Corey, G. et al. 2015. Issues and ethics in the helping professions (9th ed.).  Australia; U.S.: Brooks/Cole: Cengage Learning.

Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Callanan, P. 2011. Issues and ethics in the helping professions (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, Calif.: Brooks/Cole.

Kennedy, R.., Richards, J., & Leiman, T. 2013. Integrating human service law, ethics and practice (3rd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press.

McLeod, J. 2009. An introduction to counselling (4th ed.). Maidenhead, U.K.: Open University Press.

Preston, N. 2014. Understanding ethics (4th Ed.). Annandale, N.S.W.: Federation Press.

Swain, P., & Rice, S. (Eds.). 2009. In the shadow of the Law: The legal context of social work practice (3rd Ed.).  Sydney, NSW: Federation Press.