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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Covers respect for cultural diversity, cultural self-awareness, ethical practice, 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 and written communications 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
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 professional written communication skills
4 demonstrate 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
    • GA1:
  2. demonstrate professional oral communication skills, including counselling and interview skills
    • GA1:
  3. demonstrate professional written communication skills
    • GA1:
  4. demonstrate an understanding of culturally-responsive practice, including culturally appropriate therapeutic approaches, and the ability to engage in self-reflection
    • GA1: