Course Title Course Code Program Level
Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychological Counseling RPD511 Psychological Counseling and Guidance (Non-thesis) M.A / M.Sc.

Course Term
(Course Semester)
Teaching and Learning Methods
Theory Practice Lab Projects/Field Work Seminars/Workshops Other Total Credits ECTS Credits
42 140 182 3 7,5

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 on ethical and legal issues in psychological counseling. Discussing the legal, ethical and social issues encountered in the field of psychological counseling and guidance, organizing professional practices in line with ethical and legal conditions, and developing an understanding of the professionalization process of the field. Legal and ethical issues encountered in the execution of psychological counseling and guidance services, legal limitations and responsibilities that should be considered in professional practices, counselor and client rights, ethical decision-making principles and stages.
Course Content Ethical principles and general practice standards in the field of psychological counseling and guidance, making decisions in accordance with professional ethics, client rights and responsibilities of the psychological counselor, and legal issues. In addition, it is to show the student how to use the existing knowledge in practice by gaining knowledge on professional issues.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Those who have taken and successfully completed this course are expected to gain the following: 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. Comprehends professional ethical decision making models, 5. Gains the ability to make decisions in accordance with professional ethics, 6. Gains the consciousness and skill of maintaining the balance between the counselor and the client, 7. The client knows, respects and implements their rights, 8. Knows and adopts his/her responsibilities towards students as a consultant, 9. Knows and adopts responsibilities towards parents, 10. Knows and adopts their responsibilities towards colleagues and other professionals, 11. Knows and adopts responsibilities towards school and society, 12. Knows and adopts responsibilities towards himself, 13. Knows and adopts responsibilities towards the profession, 14. Pays attention to the protection of ethical standards, 15. Pays utmost attention to the right to confidentiality and privacy, 16. Knows, adopts and applies the role of cultural sensitivity and non-discrimination, 17. The counselor's burnout threatens his well-being. Since this situation negatively affects the relationship between the counselor and the client, they know that the counselor should renew himself 18. Pays attention to research publication ethics, 19. Knows professional ethics and related laws related to psychological counseling and emotional help. 20. Makes an effort to find solutions to legal problems.
Mode of Delivery Face to face
Course Outline
Week Topics
1. Week Course introduction - presentation of information on topics and resources Past and Present of 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 Education
2. Week Basic Concepts of Professional Ethics Theoretical Foundations of Counseling Professional Ethics 1. Mandatory Ethics and Willing Ethics 2. Fundamentals of Professional Ethics: Principles, Virtues and Codes 3. Solving Ethical Dilemmas: Ethical Decision-Making Models
3. Week Ministry of National Education Guidance and Psychological Counseling Services Ethics Directive It is to learn the ethical principles of guidance and psychological counseling services and to know the procedures and principles regarding the ethical principles that the personnel carrying out these services must comply with regarding their duties, authorities and responsibilities.
4. Week Ethical Decision Making Process Systems of Ethics 1. Ethics of Intended Results 2. Ethics of Rules 3. Ethics of Social Contract 4. Personal Ethics 5. Ethics of Social Life
5. Week Professional Ethics and Legal Issues The Nature of Laws Ethics and Morals: Factors Playing 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 2.5 Values ​​2.6 Case Study
6. Week Privacy and Legal Issues Ethical Standards for School Counselors: A. Responsibilities to Students 1. Responsibilities to Students 2. Confidentiality 3. Counseling Plans 4. Bilateral Relationships 5. Appropriate Referral 6. Group Work 7. Harm to Self and Others 8. Student Records 9. Evaluation , Measurement and Interpretation 10. Technology 11. Student Peer Solidarity Program
7. Week Counseling Supervision Analysis of Ethical Rules for Employees in the Field of Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance 1. Introduction 2. Basic Concepts: Ethics, Morals and Professional Ethics 3. Basic Principles 4. Ethical Standards
9. Week Qualification of Psychological Counselor Privacy and Clarification 1. Schools Institutionally Protecting Privacy on the Internet and Social Media 2. Interpreting and Explaining/Clarifying the Measurement, Evaluation and Results to Clients 3. Case Study
10. Week Solving Example Ethical Dilemmas Cultural Sensitivity and Its Types 1. Cultural Sensitivity in Psychological Counseling Vocational Education 2. Cultural Sensitivity and Its Types in Group Counseling 3. Cultural Sensitivity in Measurement and Evaluation, Interpretation and Reporting 4. Non-Discrimination 5. Case Study
11. Week Ethics and Standards in Online Counseling 1. Consulting on Ethical Issues 2. Evaluating case studies and practices within the framework of ethical rules
12. Week Keeping Counseling Records Professional Responsibility 1. Stress, Burnout, and Counselor Discomfort 2. Dangerous Clients and Ethics 3. Transference and Countertransference 4. Consulting on Ethical Issues 5. Case Study
13. Week Boundaries and Bidirectional Relationships Boundaries and Bidirectional Relationships 1. Boundaries between Counselor and Client 1.1 Counselor's Self-Transcendence 1.2 Accepting Gifts 1.3 Bidirectional Relationships 1.4 Emotional Relationships 1.5 Non-Erotic Touch 2. Boundaries and Bidirectional Relationships in Counselor Education and Supervision Relationship 3. Bidirectional Relationships, Boundaries, and Virtual Environments 4. Case Study
14. Week Counselors as a Consultant and the Consultation Process 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
Mid-term (%) 40
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Homeworks/Term papers (%)
Practice (%) 10
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Projects/Field Work (%)
Seminars/Workshops (%)
Final (%) 50
Other (%)
Total(%) 100
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