Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Ethics: Professional Issues and Personal Awareness
Course Code COUN330
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s) N/A
Course Aims
This course aims to introduce the process and models of ethical decision making as well as to enhance professional preparation of students for their internship and future career. Self-awareness in relation to ethical and legal issues is emphasized, in view of the fact that although ethical principles and ethical codes provide general standard, these guidelines are not sufficiently explicit to deal with every situation. This course facilitates counsellors to think through the ethical decision making process and make sound judgment to further the best interest of their clients. Moreover, the course will enhance the students’ preparation for their internship as well as their future career planning with an open and self-critical attitude.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

After completing the course, students should be able to:

1. identify the main ethical, legal, clinical and professional issues;
2. describe the role of ethics and values in the counselling process;
3. apply an ethical decision making model appropriate to the circumstances with ethical dilemma;
4. find their own answers to the questions in making ethical decisions;
5. examine ways to establish appropriate boundaries for maintaining therapeutic/working relationship with client(s);
6. attain skills for maintaining mental health in meeting professional requirements;
7. function effectively in presenting ideas pertaining to ethical and professional issues in assessment, research, group and family settings; and
8. enhance professional development and planning.
Assessment Tasks
Class Participation
Discussion Facilitation
Professional Planning Portfolio
Final Examination
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