Professional Certificate in Ethics in Counseling

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

This course is an introduction to the ethical standards for the profession and the research relevant to ethical behavior of counselors and counseling psychologists in mental health, career, and school settings. Students will study important legal developments related to confidentiality, testing, research and supervision and also apply ethical and legal standards to complex cases. Emerging ethical issues and models of ethical decision making will be further examined.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Professional Ethics: A Psychology and Philosophy for Professional Practice
  • A Model for Ethical Practice: Using Resources to Enhance Individual Judgment
  • Ethical Counseling in a Multicultural Society: The Promise of Justice
  • Competence to Practice: Building a Foundation for Doing Good and Avoiding Harm
  • Confidentiality: Supporting the Client’s Right to Privacy
  • Informed Consent: Affirming the Client’s Freedom of Choice
  • Sexualized Relationships With Clients, Students, Supervisees, and Research Participants: Violations of Power and Trust
  • Multiple Relationships and Boundary Issues: Risking Objectivity and Client Welfare
  • Group and Family Interventions: Unique Ethical Responsibilities
  • The Ethics of Assessment: Using Fair Procedures in Responsible Ways
  • Maximizing the Opportunity to Prevent Misconduct and Minimizing the Damage When Prevention Fails
  • Ethics in Community, College, Addiction, and Forensic Settings: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
  • The Counselor in the School: Applying Professional Standards to the Educational Culture
  • The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Modeling Responsible Behavior
  • Counselors  and Therapists as Teachers and Researchers: Integrity, Science and Care
  • The Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) Code of Ethics

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Trainer Profile

Our Lecturers

All our lecturers are selected based on their subject expertise, experience and dedication. They are required to possess at least a Masters in their subject expertise. With their years of work experience, they will also be able to illustrate topics in class with real world examples. We are committed to provide a high standard of service by promoting an environment conductive to student learning through a low student-teacher ratio of 30:1. Currently, we have 50 adjunct lecturers.

Details of our lecturers can be found on our website.