SWSP5633 Counselling and Ethics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit builds on previous learning in social work knowledge and practice gained from SWSP5306 Indigenous People and Social Work, SWSP5631 Introduction to Social Work Methods, SWSP5309 Field Education 1: First Placement and SWSP5301 Social Work: Knowledge, Theory and Values. It enhances practical skills for counselling in various settings and further develops ethical social work practice. Using a contextual ethical framework which includes the recognition and use of personal values, professional codes and organisational policies, students apply ethical models to case studies of ethical dilemmas. Students learn appropriate consultative processes, to think and work with cultural sensitivity, the importance of critical reflection, and how to be accountable for ethical decisions they make.

The unit develops and increases students' understanding of the importance of accurate data collection and the application of theory in compiling a psychosocial assessment and introduces students to ethical decision making in social work practice; provides models of decision making which enable students to refine their decision making processes and then apply them to problem situations all of which have a moral and ethical dimension; and provides understanding of the application of theory and models to the formulation of assessment in relation to developing an intervention plan for working with clients.
Students are able to (1) ethics case study—apply a model of ethical decision making to one of the dilemmas posed and (2) psychosocial assessment—develop an understanding of the application of theory and models in the formulation of a psychosocial assessment.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) ethics case study and (2) take-home case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Sachmann
Unit rules
SWSP5306 Indigenous People and Social Work, SWSP5631 Introduction to Social Work Methods, SWSP5309 Field Education 1: First Placement, SWSP5301 Social Work Knowledge, Theory and Values
Contact hours
6 hours per week for 6 weeks
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