Professional Ethics and Psychopharmacology

PSY80086 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester/teaching period 

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours plus two 3 hour workshops

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

2 Mar 20 - 31 May 20

7 Jul 20

Last self enrolment:
15 Mar 20

31 Mar 20

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Apr 20


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.

Courses with unit

A unit of study in the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)Doctor of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) programs.