UniSQ Logo
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at https://www.usq.edu.au/course/specification/current.
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

PSY5110 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 January 2023


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development


Psychologists are required to have strong knowledge of ethical and legal principles that apply to their work with clients. In addition, psychologists must possess the skills required to recognise and manage ethical issues and follow legal procedures throughout their psychological practice. Other key foundational competencies required in successful psychological practice include knowledge and skills in self-reflection and deliberate practice, theoretical application to practice, case formulation, classification and diagnosis, microcounselling skills, rapport-building skills, cultural sensitivity when working with diverse clients, and knowledge and skills in inter-professional practice.

This course covers key foundational competencies in the ethical, legal and professional domains. Students will gain working knowledge of the APS Code of Ethics, with a particular focus on Confidentiality, Managing Boundaries, Dual Relationships, and managing high-risk clients. Key legislation is covered including the Mental Health Act and Health Practitioner Regulation law. Finally, the course covers key professional competencies including: theory application in clinical practice, reflective and deliberate practice, case formulation, mental status examination, interview skills, microcounselling skills, therapeutic relationship skills, working with diverse clients, knowledge and skills for interprofessional practice, and classification and diagnosis in psychological practice. Attendance at the five on-campus workshops is mandatory. Dates of the five workshops will be according to the 'Workshop Schedule' which will be emailed to students at the outset of the program.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2022 External
Date printed 28 January 2023