Ethics and Cultural Diversity for Counsellors

PSC60004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23


Admission to:
GC-COU Graduate Certificate of Counselling OR
GD-COU Graduate Diploma of Counselling OR
MA-COU Master of Counselling

Aims and objectives

This unit teaches students to apply established codes of ethical principles and standards to their work as counsellors. Students should be able to confidently apply an ethical decision making model to ethical and professional dilemmas that might arise in a counselling context. Cultural diversity issues relevant to counsellors working with individuals, couples and families will be explored. Particular attention will be given to the PACFA and APS codes of ethics, and how they might apply to a variety of case vignettes that demonstrate real-world practice issues faced by counsellors working in human services, couple counselling or forensic contexts.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Identify and describe key ethical and professional issues relevant to counselling individuals, couples and families in a cross-cultural context.
2. Apply established ethical standards and procedures to a range of ethical dilemmas in a human services, couple counselling or forensic context.
3. Make professional decisions that reflect established ethical principles and standards by utilising a standard nine-step ethical decision making model.

Courses with unit

GC-COU Graduate Certificate of Counselling
GD-COU Graduate Diploma of Counselling
MA-COU Master of Counselling