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Unit description

Covers respect for cultural diversity, cultural self-awareness, ethical practice, professional and inter-professional communication and the core counselling and interviewing skills essential for psychological practice. Key foundational ethical, legal and professional competencies are taught including a working knowledge of the APS Code of Ethics.  Students will learn culturally-responsive communication skills, and engage with cultural beliefs around mental health and well-being, including their own and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. Verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are covered.

Unit content

  • Foundations of applied ethics and ethical decision-making models (APS code of ethics)
  • Legal frameworks and ethical principles in psychological practice
  • Core counselling skills
  • Verbal, written and inter-professional communication skills for psychologists
  • Different cultural perspectives on mental health and wellbeing and culturally-responsive practice
  • Reflective practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1understand, analyse, manage, and reflect on ethical issues by applying the APS Code of Ethics, decision-making models, and legal frameworks
2demonstrate professional oral communication skills, including counselling and interview skills
3demonstrate ability to employ professional and inter-professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with socially and culturally diverse clients typical to the placement and where possible across the lifespan
4demonstrate an understanding of culturally-responsive practice, including culturally appropriate therapeutic approaches, and the ability to engage in self-reflection

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand, analyse, manage, and reflect on ethical issues by applying the APS Code of Ethics, decision-making models, and legal frameworks
  2. demonstrate professional oral communication skills, including counselling and interview skills
  3. demonstrate ability to employ professional and inter-professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with socially and culturally diverse clients typical to the placement and where possible across the lifespan
  4. demonstrate an understanding of culturally-responsive practice, including culturally appropriate therapeutic approaches, and the ability to engage in self-reflection

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Video of interview and report50%
Reflective writing30%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

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International

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