RPD 406

Course Title Course Code Program Level
Ethics and Legal Issues in Cunseling RPD 406 Psychological Counseling and Guidance B.A. / B.Sc.

Course Term
(Course Semester)
Teaching and Learning Methods
Theory Practice Lab Projects/Field Work Seminars/Workshops Other Total Credits ECTS Credits
0 0 0 0 28 2 4

Teaching Staff Prof.Dr. Mustafa KILIÇ
Language of Instruction Türkçe (Turkish)
Type Of Course Compulsory
Prerequisites -
Recommended Optional Programme Component -
Course Objectives The aim of this course is to enable students to gain knowledge and skills related to psychological and ethical issues in counseling.
Course Content Ethical principles and general practice standards in the field of counseling, decision-making proper to professional ethics, client rights and responsibilities of counselors, legal problems.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Students in Professional Ethics and Legal Issues 1. Knows the concept of professional ethics, 2. Knows the history of professional ethics, 3. Knows and adopts the general practice standards of professional ethics, 4. Understands professional ethical decision-making models, 5. Gains the ability to make decisions in accordance with professional ethics, 6. Gains awareness and ability to maintain the balance between the psychological counselor and the client, 7. Knows the client's rights and puts them into practice, 8. Knows and adopts ethics and responsibilities towards students as a consultant, 9. Knows the responsibilities towards parents, 10. Knows the responsibilities towards colleagues and other professionals, 11. Knows the responsibilities towards the school and society, 12. Knows the responsibilities towards himself/herself, 13. Knows the responsibilities towards the profession, 14. Pays attention to the protection of ethical standards, 15. Pays attention to confidentiality and privacy, 16. Knows, adopts and implements the role of cultural sensitivity and non-discrimination, 17. The counselor's state of exhaustion threatens his well-being. It negatively affects the client and counselor relationship. As such, he must renew himself/herself, 18. Research pays attention to publication ethics, 19. Knows professional ethics and laws related to psychological counseling. It produces solutions to legal problems
Mode of Delivery Face to face
Course Outline
Week Topics
1. Week The Past and Present of Psychological Counseling Professional Ethics 1. Professional Ethics 2. Past and Present of Professional Ethics 3. Characteristics of Psychological Counseling Professional Ethics in the USA 4. Professional Ethics and Counseling Training
2. Week Theoretical Foundations of Psychological Counseling Professional Ethics 1. Mandatory Ethics and Voluntary Ethics 2. Foundations of Professional Ethics: Principles, Virtues and Codes 3. Solving Ethical Dilemmas: Ethical Decision Making Models
3. Week Boundaries and Two-Way Relationships 1. Borders Between Counselor and Client 1.1 The Psychological Counselor's Self-Transcendence 1.2 Accepting Gifts 1.3 Two-Way Relationships 1.4 Emotional Relationships 1.5 Non-Erotic Touch 2. Borders and Two-Way Relationships in Psychological Counselor Training and Supervision Relationship 3. Bidirectional Relations, Borders and Virtual Environments 4. Case Study
4. Week Ethical Systems 1. Intended Outcome Ethics 2. Rule Ethics 3. Social Contract Ethics 4. Personal Ethics 5. Social Ethics
5. Week Ethics and Morality: The Factors That Play a Role in the Formation of Morality 1. Culture 2. Norms 2.1 Legal Norms 2.2 Moral Norms 2.3 Religious Norms 2.4 Customs and Customs 2.5 Values 2.6 Case Study
6. Week Ethical Standards for School Counselors: A. Responsibilities Towards Students 1. Responsibilities to Students 2. Privacy 3. Psychological Counseling Plans 4. Bilateral Relations 5. Convenient Shipment 6. Group Work 7.Harm to Self and Others 8. Student Registrations 9. Evaluation, Measurement and Interpretation 10. Technology 11. Student Peer Solidarity Program
7. Week B. Responsibilities to Parents and Parents 1. Parental Rights and Responsibilities 2. Parents and Privacy C. Responsibilities to Colleagues and Other Professionals 1. Professional Relations 2. Sharing Information with Other Professionals D. Responsibility to School and Society 1. Responsibilities Towards School 2. Responsibilities Towards Society E. Self-Responsibilities 1. Professional Competence 2. Diversity F. Responsibilities to Profession 1. Professionalism 2. Contribution to the Profession G. Protection of Standards
8. Week Examination of Ethical Rules for Employees in the Field of Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance 1. Introduction 2. Basic Concepts: Ethics, Morality and Professional Ethics 3. Basic Principles 4. Ethical Standards
9. Week Privacy and Lighting 1. Schools Institutional Protection of Privacy in Internet and Social Media 2. Measurement, Evaluation and Interpretation and Disclosure of Results to Clients 3. Case Study
10. Week Cultural Sensitivity and Types 1. Cultural Sensitivity in Psychological Counseling Vocational Training 2. Cultural Sensitivity and Types in Group Counseling 3. Cultural Sensitivity in Measurement and Evaluation, Interpretation and Reporting 4. Non-Discrimination 5. Case Study
11. Week Professional Liability 1. Stress, Burnout and Discomfort of the Psychological Counselor 2. Dangerous Clients and Ethics 3. Transference and Countertransference 4. Consultation on Ethical Issues 5. Case Study
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14. Week Scientific Research and Publication Ethics 1. Scientific Research Should Be Open 2. Confidentiality in Scientific Research and Participant Privacy 3. Scientific Research Ethics and Accountability 4. Case Study Psychological Counseling Professional Ethics and Laws 1. School Counselors and Laws 1.1 Child Sexual Abuse 1.2 Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse 1.3 Adolescent Risk Taking Behaviors 2. Professional Ethics and Negligence in Duty 3. Scientific Research and Publication Ethics 4. Case Study
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Final (%) 100
Other (%)
Total(%) 100
Course Book (s) and/or References Aydın, İ. (2012). Eğitim ve Öğretimde Etik. Ankara: Pegem Yayınevi Başpınar, N. Ö. (2017). Meslek Etiği. Ankara: Nobel Yayınevi. Bolay, S. H. (2013). Felsefe Doktrinler ve Terimler Sözlüğü. Ankara: Nobel Yayınevi. Bolay, S. H. (1994). Felsefe Ders Kitabı. İstanbul: Yuva Yayınları. Çetinkaya, R. (2019). Psikolojik Danışmanlıkta Meslek Etiği ve Yasal Konular. Ankara: Pegem Yayınevi. Gibson, R. L. Ve Mitchel, M. H. (2011). Psikolojik Danışma ve Rehberlik (Çev. Ed. S. Doğan, 2016). Ankara: Nobel Yayınevi. Kepçeoğlu, M. (2010). Psikolojik Danışma ve Rehberlik. İstanbul: Alkın Yayınevi. Knapp, S. J. Ve Vandecreek, L. D. (2006). Psikologlar İçin Pratik Etik. (Çev. M. Yılmaz, T. F. Karahan, S. B. Çelik ve M. E. Sardoğan, 2010). Ankara: Mentis Yayıncılık. PDR Derneği (2018). Türk Psikolojik Danışma ve Rehberlik Alanında Çalışanlar İçin Etik Kurallar. 12. Baskı. (Ed. Cengiz Şahin). Ankara: Türk PDR Derneği Yayınları. Schmidt, J. J. (2008). Okullarda Psikolojik Danışma ve Rehberlik. (Çev. Ed. S. Doğan, 2017). Ankara: Nobel Yayınevi. Cevizci, A. (2002) Felsefe Sözlüğü. İstanbul: Paradigma Yayınları.
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