Details for Professional Considerations

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC520
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar



Awards offering Professional Considerations

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

Unit Content


  1. Assess the need for ethics and legal codes and evaluate why these are important in the organisation and regulation of counselling and care practice;
  2. Examine the significance of ethical and legal discourse in counselling and care contexts for both client and practitioner;
  3. Critique models of ethical and legal decision making and apply these to a range of social science contexts;
  4. Appraise the necessity for, and benefits of professional codes of practice, supervision, self-care and on-going professional development.

Subject Content

  • Ethics and ethical issues in relation clients' rights and counsellor responsibilities
  • Confidentiality, boundaries and dual relationships
  • Determining priorities; client rights and professional responsibilities; client loads; 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;
  • Community and social justice, mandatory reporting, legal; referrals; cooperation with other services; record storage telehealth
  • Legal aid and how it works; association codes of practice;
  • Professional competence, care and development

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Major Essay (40%)
  • Case Studies (30%)
  • Critical Reflection (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Corey, C. (2019). Issues and ethics in the helping professions (10th ed.). South Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any texts.