PSYC413 - Professional Issues and Ethics
Teaching Organisation 2 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent of lectures, seminars and presentation of research papers.
Psychology is a discipline that underpins a variety of professional endeavours including professional practice as part of the mental health workforce, research, and academia. This unit introduces you to key issues and ethics in professional psychology. This will include exploring the philosophical, historical, and cultural context as well as contemporary theory and topics in professional psychological practice, research, and training. The unit is underpinned by the professional values and principles defined in the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines, national guidelines and policies for ethical research and mental health practice, as well as state and federal legislative frameworks and relevant Acts.As part of this unit you will develop awareness of the context of professional psychology including the role of organisations including the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA), and the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Issues related to the work of the professional psychologist, perspective of their clients and colleagues, and practical issues such as informed consent and conflict of interest, report writing and supervision, among others, will also be considered. The aim of this unit is to orient you to professional issues and ethics, as they apply in psychological practice and academia.