PSY 511 Professional Ethics and the Law
3 Semester Units
Professional Ethics and the Law helps future and current professionals deal with ethical issues that they will confront at the various stages in their career. Central issues in ethical practice are presented, diverse views on these issues are explored, and students are encouraged to refine their own thinking and to actively develop their own position. The role of the therapist’s personal values in the counseling relationship is discussed, the ethical responsibilities and rights of clients and therapists are presented, and the considerations involved in adapting counseling practice to diverse client populations are explored.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyze the differences among legal standards, ethical standards, and best practice.
- Examine the major challenges facing the counseling profession today.
- Identify the characteristics of a “culturally competent counselor.”
- Examine some steps that counselors should take to safeguard the welfare of their clients.