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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Evening)
Hong Kong Term 2 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 2 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 4 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nicky Jacobs (Off-shore; Singapore, Hong Kong); Dr Brett Furlonger (On/Off-campus, Clayton)


This unit builds on core learning and further develops professional counselling practice in a sound ethical and legal context. Topics include: implementing ethical principles and codes of practice; moral and legal responsibilities; personal, social and professional values; diversity, sensitive issues and practice; duty of care; confidentiality and privacy issues; referral; dealing with multiple clients; and managing boundaries and professional relationships.


As a result of studying this unit, students will:

  • understand and be prepared to implement the professional, ethical, social, legal and moral obligations of counsellors;
  • comprehend the ethical requirements of the societies and professional organizations in the regions they plan to practice;
  • explore the functions and processes of these professional and legal bodies in dealing with ethical matters;
  • develop and demonstrate well informed decision-making processes regarding dilemmas arising in counseling;
  • determine professional competencies and limits of proficiency in a range of situations;
  • make appropriate referrals; and
  • monitor and develop their own abilities and well-being as counselors.


One essay on ethical issues in the practice of counselling (4,000 words): 50%; Responses to two case vignettes (2000 words each): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Brett Furlonger

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures per week, with an additional 21 hours per week private study time involving activities such as electronic reference searching completion of practical exercises, reading and assignment preparation