Details for Professional 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: SSC401
  • Credit points: 10

Awards offering Professional Considerations

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

Unit Content

Subject Content

Ethics versus Christian ethics and professional ethics; position, power and politics - ethical issues in rela­tion to clients’ rights and counsellor responsibilities;

Confidentiality and dual relationships - ethical issues in theory, practice and research; ethics in different counselling contexts;

Ethics - training, organisations and codes of prac­tice; self-care relating to the whole person;

Determining priorities; client loads; the value of retreats; the place of prayer in a counsellor’s life; support networks; planning – daily, weekly, monthly;

Necessity of and benefits of supervision; laws that govern practice and how to remain current;

The parameters and limitations to confidentiality; professional documentation requirements;

Relating to lawyers; the language of law;

Legal aid and how it works; association codes of practice

Assessment Methods

Case Note Sample - 30%

Case Response - 30%

Major Assignment - 4

Prescribed Text

Corey, G., Corey, M.S. & Callanan, P. 2007Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions, 7th edn, Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA