PY7175 - Professional and Ethical Issues (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Professional and Ethical Issues|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2017/18||
Professional and Ethical Issues is a spring semester module that addresses professional issues and ethical standards that support safe and effective psychological practice across a variety of settings. It is assessed via an examination that tests students’ applied knowledge and understanding of the topics and issues covered.
Prior learning requirements
The module aims to develop students’ understanding of key ethical and professional standards, principles, frameworks and policies relevant to their training and practice, and their capacity to apply this in an effective and critically reflective manner to inform their work and decision making. It also aims to develop students’ critical understanding of a number of aspects of contemporary professional practice, such as use of supervision, multi disciplinary working, record keeping, psychological testing and psychopharmacology.
• HPC and BPS standards of conduct, performance and ethics
• Applying ethical principles to reasoning and decision making in practice
• Multidisciplinary team working
• Record keeping, correspondence and report writing
• The use and interpretation of psychological tests
• The role and impact of psychopharmacology and other interventions on psychological work with clients
Learning and teaching
The learning and teaching strategy employs a number of methods to support achievement of the module’s learning outcomes. Lectures, supplementary reading and Weblearn resources are used to promote students’ understanding of core concepts, principles and practices. Problem based student centred learning and exercises are used to develop skills in their reflective application to relevant professional contexts and scenarios. In all aspects of the module, teaching and learning seeks to promote a sense of ethical integrity and commitment to high standards of professional practice and client care.
On successful completion of this module students will:
1. Have a critical appreciation of key ethical and professional standards, principles, frameworks, and policies relevant to their training and practice
2. Be able to reflect on and effectively apply ethical and professional principles and evidence to assist reasoning, decision making and action in complex professional situations and contexts
3. Show a critical understanding of the roles of different health care professionals and service structures found in contemporary care settings, and how to work effectively with these as a counselling psychologist
4. Have a nuanced understanding of the use of psychological tests in assessment, outcome and service evaluation, and be able to critically consider their utility and interpretation from a counselling psychology perspective
5. Have a critical understanding of the role and impact of psychopharmacology and other interventions in psychological work with clients and be able to evaluate their role and relevance.
i) In-class Small Group presentation
Students will be allocated into small groups by the module leader at the beginning of the module. In these small groups, there will be an assessed task of generating a ‘case composite’ that brings together (anonymously) the ethically-related issues that are clinically relevant. The group must present the case composite to class in 5 minutes, and then use the remaining five minutes to present the ways in which those ethical issues would be addressed and worked with, and the considerations or dilemmas made sense of and managed. There will then be ten minutes for the class to ask questions to which the small group will be expected to respond. All members of the group will be expected to participate actively in the presentation and Q&A.
Their presentation and answers should seek to demonstrate an ability to effectively apply professional and ethical knowledge, thinking and reasoning in relation to relevant practice situations. (Learning outcomes 1 – 5)
Students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions for the module. Although there may be occasions when circumstances prevent trainees from attending (e.g., illness), a minimum of 80% attendance is required overall to demonstrate adequate engagement with the module.
Bond, T. (2009). Standards and ethics for counselling in action. London: Sage.
British Psychological Society, Code of ethics and conduct, www.bps.org.uk
British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology Professional Practice Guidelines, www.bps.org.uk
Carrol, M. (2001). Counselling supervision: Theory, skills and practice. London: Sage.
Doctor, R. (2003). Dangerous patients: A psychodynamic approach to risk assessment and management. London: Karnac Books.
Hammersley, D. (1995). Counselling people on prescribed drugs. London: Sage.
Health Professions Council, Standards of conduct, performance and ethics, www.hpc-uk.org
Health Professions Council, Standards of proficiency for practitioner psychologists, www.hpc-uk.org
Van Scoyoc, S. (2004). Counselling psychology and psychological testing: Professional issues. Counselling Psychology Review, 19(4), 225-239.