Professional Ethics and Psychopharmacology

PSY80086 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 Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Doctor of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) programs.



Aims and objectives

This unit of study has two six week components - advanced professional ethics and psychopharmacology.
1. Utilise an in-depth understanding of psychopharmacology in the treatment of a range of mental health disorders;
2. Apply a body of knowledge that includes the extended understanding of the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines as they apply to confidentiality and informed consent, professional boundaries, report writing and record keeping, and cultural issues;
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the major neurobiological pathways implicated in mental health disorders and the pharmacological treatments that act on these pathways.