CPY 545 Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
This course examines ethical and legal standards, their evolution, methods of change, and applications to various professional activities. The main goal of the course is to stimulate students to think about major issues related to sound professional practice in the counseling profession and to challenge students to formulate positions on selected issues. Rather than providing answers to ethical dilemmas, the course is designed to help students formulate an ethical decision-making model that can be applied to issues, as they are encountered. It is expected that students will become familiar with the applicable state laws and ethical codes and standards of practice from the major mental health professions – and will develop an increased ability to apply these laws and ethical principles to a variety of specific problem situations that will be discussed in class. The focus of the class will be on lecture, class discussion, small group interaction, ethical decision making skill practice, and case study presentations.
• 2009 CPY 545 Syllabus (pdf document)