An introduction to supervision ethics covering areas like boundaries, dual relationships and confidentiality with all stakeholders will be covered. A basic introduction to foundational ethical principles and ethical decision making framework will be explored.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical principles and guidelines for supervisors
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Ethical Decision-making Model and ability to apply the model to practical examples
  • Skills in identifying ethical and legal issues in discipline specific professional work and supervision
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional boundary issues in the supervision
  • Ability to identify and appropriately respond to issues relating to confidentiality and liability in practical example

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
20.00 1 week 20
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Individual Study
16.00 1 week 16
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Class ExercisesIndividual/Group 40% 1,2,3,4,5 
Reflective JournalIndividual 60% 1,2,3,4,5 


The areas covered include:

  • Introduction to common ethical and legal issues in supervision
  • Overview of Ethical Principles for supervisors 
  • Ethical Practice: Adherence to Guidelines, the supervisory working alliance 
  • Confidentiality, clients’ privacy and privileged communication 
  • Informed Consent with Supervisees regarding supervision 
  • Introduction to the Ethical Decision-making Model 
  • Major Ethical Issues and elements of malpractice claims 
  • Boundary Issues in the supervisory relationship

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.