COU101 Theories of Counselling: From Freud to Integrative Practice - Case Study Assignment

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Written Assessment- Evidence of comprehension and applying information to ethical scenarios (20%)

Due: Week 4

Word Count: 1200-1400 words

Students are required to read the two ethical dilemma scenarios below and respond to both, answering the following questions:

  1. Provide one example of how the counsellor’s personal beliefs could impact the ethical nature of the counselling relationship in each scenario
  2. State the ethical principle(s) relevant to the scenario- refer to one of the two codes listed below to guide you
  3. Describe any relevant reporting issues providing reasons for your answers
  4. Discuss a possible course of action for the counsellor to take to resolve the dilemma in each

You should be guided by the lectures and prescribed unit readings. However, it is expected that you will conduct your own research to support your assertions and conclusions. It is expected that you will use either the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) or Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics to inform your final decisions. Careful consideration of relevant State and/or Federal legislation should also be included.

Use APA 7 referencing. Your assessment should include at least 5 peer reviewed, academic journal articles and read, dating from 2010 onwards, in addition to any textbook references.

You must present your essay using Arial or Times New Roman or Calibri font size 12 and make sure the essay

is double line spaced, left aligned and attach a BCS cover sheet to the front, correctly completed including an

accurate word count.

Do NOT utilise sources such as and other such web materials as these in no way

constitute academic references for the purpose of your assignments. If you rely on such sources for

theoretical support you will be deemed NOT to have met the requirements of the assessment.

Case study One

You work with an organisation that assists children and families and have been asked to follow up a referral. On reading the details of the referral you find that the family and children are known to you through your involvement with, and membership of the committee of, the local school. You have heard from your own children that the Dawsons are a very religious family and have many rules about behaviour in the home. You are also concerned about your relationship with Mr Dawson who is a fellow committee member. You would have preferred another worker to take the case, but this is impossible due to staff shortages. At home that evening your son volunteers the information that the youngest Dawson boy was belted by his father for stealing a dollar coin from a kitchen jar.

Case Study Two

Brian was taken to the emergency department of a public hospital in the middle of winter after falling over, breaking his leg, and temporarily losing consciousness. Records show he lives alone and does not have any family or support. The doctors are recommending that Brian goes into an Aged Care facility for respite, but Brian is refusing. You are the hospital counsellor, and you are called to discuss Brian’s options.

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