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HECS5186M Ethical and Cultural Issues for Psychotherapeutic Counselling

15 creditsClass Size: 18

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Gillian Proctor

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS3156Ethical and Practice Issues

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module will develop an in depth understanding of applications of ethical thinking and cultural awareness in psychotherapeutic counselling practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Critically reflect from philosophical and cultural perspectives on the bases of ethical codes relevant to psychotherapeutic counselling.
- Analyse ethical issues in psychotherapeutic counselling practice with reference to such codes.
- Demonstrate an in depth understanding of cultural issues in counselling and psychotherapy.

Skills outcomes
By the end of this module students will be able to:
- Critically analyse psychotherapeutic counselling practice from an ethical perspective.
- Work sensitively with cultural issues in psychotherapeutic counselling practice.


- Perspectives of moral philosophy underpinning the values and ethics of psychotherapeutic counselling (e.g. utilitarianism, virtue ethics, principle-based ethics) and their limitations.
- Applications of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and other relevant codes of ethics.
- The law and psychotherapeutic counselling practice.
- The culture of counselling and psychotherapy.
- Concepts of culture, race, ethnicity.
- Psychotherapeutic counselling in a diverse society.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning161.0016.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading
- Searching electronic databases, journals
- Literature review for presentation
- Seminar preparation
- Assignment preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through discussion, group work, and student-led seminars, which will provide opportunities to become familiar with making a presentation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation20 minute verbal presentation on ethical and cultural aspects of an issue in the psychotherapy and counselling profession and/or practice + 10 minutes questions + 500 word abstract (100%)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Presentations will be video recorded for external examining purposes.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/05/2016


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