6 weeks (approximately 15 hours per week)
Discussion of the range of ethical dilemmas that typically arise in the consultant-client relationship will equip students to recognize ethical problems, understand the rationales informing ethical rules, apply an ethical decision-making framework to pursue appropriate options, evaluate the consequences of options and critically reflect on outcomes.
The course considers the particular challenges associated with competence and confidentiality, preparing clients for hearings, dual representation of parents and children in family-based cases, when and under what conditions it is permissible to withdraw representation, and how to advise persons in Canada who lack lawful status. The course examines the relationship between self-care and ethical practice, the requirements for reflective practice, cultural competence and trauma-informed client service, bearing in mind the serious consequences for clients in this area of law.
* Course summaries are subject to change.