Professional Ethics and Psychopharmacology

PSY80014 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 semester / teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours plus two 3 hour workshops

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


Admission to the Graduate Diploma of Science (Clinical Psychology), Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology), Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program or Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) programs..



Aims and objectives

This unit of study has two aims. First, it provides an overiview of critical ethical issues relevant to the practicing psychologist and encourages students to engage with the nuances of common ethical dilemmas. Second, it introduces neurobiological models of the major classes of mental disorder so that students can understand the neurobiology of disorders and the neurobiological targets of pharmacotherapy.
Unit Learning Outcomes:
1. Evaluate psychopharmacology in the treatment of a range of mental health disorders
2. Have a body of knowledge that includes the extended understanding of the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics andEthical Guidelines as they apply to confidentiality and informed consent, professional boundaries, report writing and record keeping, and cultural issues
3.Determine the major neurobiological pathways implicated in mental health disorders and the pharmacological treatments that act on these pathway