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 psychologist-in-training, and to prepare them mentally and psychologically for internship and externships. Unlike the traditional approach, students will be the active participants, rather than passive recipients, to explore and cultivate professional identity that integrates their personal identity (e.g., motivation, values, beliefs, vocational background) with the ethical dimensions 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. Understand the historical development, core values and identity of counselling psychology.

2. Take an active role to cultivate their professional identity in counselling psychology.

3. Articulate the universal ethical principles, professional standards, and legal responsibilities within the mental health profession.

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

5. Develop sensitivity to ethical issues relating to the professional activities in counselling psychology.

6.Recognize contemporary ethical issues arising from the changing world in relation to the professional practice of counselling psychology.

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

8. Attain a proactive attitude in their ethical practice as a counselling psychologist-in-training across contexts.
Assessment Tasks
Attendance and Participation
Ethics Exploration Journal
Ethics Autobiography
Final Exam
For Reference Only
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