Department of Counselling and Psychology Course outline
Programme Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology
Course Title Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology
Course Code CP522
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 3 hours Lecture
Pre-requisite Course(s) N/A
Dimension Knowledge
Course Aims
This course takes a proactive approach to the ethical development of counselling psychologists-in-training and to preparing them for internship and externships. Unlike the traditional approach, students will be the active participants to explore and cultivate professional identity that integrates their personal identity in the ethical dimension of psychology in general and counselling psychology in specific. The course, therefore, aims at facilitating students to develop sensitivity and intention to reason and act ethically in their professional activities, and to aspire to grow continuously in their professional journey.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

After completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the historical development, core values and identity of counselling psychology.

2. Explain universal ethical principles, professional standards, and legal responsibilities within the mental health profession.

3. Identify personal, vocational and socio-cultural factors in influencing their ethical sensitivity and reasoning.

4. Express sensitivity to traditional and contemporary ethical issues relating to the professional practice of counselling psychologists.

5. Apply the ethical decision-making process to address ethical dilemmas they may encounter in psychotherapy, assessment and research.

6. Demonstrate an active role to cultivate their professional identity in counselling psychology.

Assessment Tasks
Ethics exploration exercise
Ethics Autobiography
Final Exam
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