Professional Conduct and Ethics

Ethics is a relevant and vital aspect of behaviour, providing a guiding philosophy and a set of principles or standards of conduct that govern the behaviour of individuals and organizations. This course will introduce you to the field of ethics and ethical decision-making.

Through group analysis of vignettes and case study handouts, you will identify and resolve ethical dilemmas and evaluate rules and policies, using criteria based on general ethical principles.

We’ll introduce you to the codes of ethics from associations such as the Vocational Rehabilitation Association Canada and the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals.

Courses will be available for individual registration until April 2023 only. After that time, all seats will be reserved for diploma students.


Location: Online
Duration: 3 days
Tuition: $795

Upcoming Offerings

Currently not available for registration.

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Understand how personal beliefs and characteristics influence professional behaviour
  • Set personal limits that enhance self-care and the welfare of consumers
  • Describe relevant codes of ethics and ethical decision-making models
  • Explain ethical issues: confidentiality, informed consent, respect for vulnerable populations and professional boundaries
  • Understand the relationship between competency and ethics
  • Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas
  • Evaluate rules and policies using criteria based on ethical principles
  • Recognize the difference between philosophical and professional ethics and morality
  • Recognize the distinction between professionally mandated and legally mandated ethical standards
  • Understand the implications and limitations of codes of ethics
  • Recognize the importance of professional organizations in defining and enforcing ethical standards

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Expect lectures, case studies and group discussions
  • Attend all 21 hours of classes (mandatory)
  • Prepare to participate in discussions, review all handouts and complete the homework assignment

You will be evaluated on:

  • Individual and group exercises
  • Final written assignment

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following credential:

This course is also pre-approved for continuing education credits from the following organizations: