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Practical Ethics for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Many of the everyday ethical questions raised by PACFA members come from experienced practitioners seeking advice and or guidance on new issues that have arisen in their practice or amongst the client group they are servicing.  PACFA has developed a course in partnership with the Cairnmillar institute that addresses common ethical questions and gives participants the opportunity to strengthen their ethical practice. The course was developed in partnership with the Cairnmillar Institute and is delivered over a series of lectures and 4 interactive sessions that allow participants to work through scenarios and learn from the experience of other counsellors and psychotherapists.

Participants complete the course at their own pace over a 2 week period using the Moodle e-learning system. There are 4 interactive sessions which run at scheduled times and participants will need to participate in the majority of these interactive sessions. Teaching and learning approaches include audio-visual materials, case studies, recorded lectures, online communication threads and facilitated discussions.

The learning modules cover
- Ethical Principles and Practice and working within and understanding Codes of Ethics
- Stages of Ethical Decision Making - including common ethical traps 
- Record Keeping - including record keeping for social media connections 
- Dual Relationships - including boundary-crossing and self-reflection 
- Confidentiality - including when it’s OK to break confidentiality; Mandatory Reporting & Subpoenas
- Cultural Sensitivity - strategies for developing an inclusive and culturally sensitive approach

We do not currently have any courses scheduled, please email [email protected] to be notified when this course runs again.

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