schc515 | Graduate

Legal And Ethical Issues In Counseling And Schools

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This course covers the legal and ethical responsibilities of the counseling professional, particularly related to counseling in schools. Students learn to interpret and act upon situations appropriately and effectively. Content includes issues such as client rights, confidentiality, duty to warn and protect, dual relationships, supervision and consulting, ethics with special populations, and ethical decision-making models.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Application of Law and Ethics to Dimensions of Counseling Practice and Research, Counselor Ethics in the Community

    • Demonstrate the application of ethical decision making and legal principles.
    • Explain the need for ethical principles to protect research subjects and relate those principles to research conducted by counselors and counselor educators.
    • Apply ethical principles and practices in relationship to interactions counselors undertake with other professionals in the community setting.
    • Develop an awareness of school counseling and its implications for counselor roles, practices, and collaboration within the system.

    Counseling Children, Families, and Groups

    • Apply ethical principles to privileged communications in group, couples, and family situations.
    • Identify issues related to changing family structure.
    • Examine legal rights to confidentiality and privacy of minors.
    • Examine the legal rights of custodial and noncustodial parents.

    Code of Ethics: Principles, Practices, and Competence in Practice

    • Articulate elements of professional identity, including ACA, NBCC, and ASCA.
    • Examine the influence and interaction of personal values on professional identity.
    • Examine and interpret the main content areas of the ACA Code of Ethics, the ASCA Ethical Standards, and the NBCC Code of Ethics.
    • Identify components of scope of practice.
    • Assess the need to manage risk in relationship to scope of practice.
    • Examine the mechanisms for the enforcement of ethical codes.

    Client Rights, Malpractice, Unprofessional Conduct, and the Duty to Protect

    • Explain the concepts of confidentiality, privileged communication, and privacy and their ethical and legal implications in counseling.
    • Identify the elements and the role of informed consent in counseling and develop and use informed consent procedures.
    • Review the application of HIPAA and FERPA in relationship to student rights and school counseling practice.
    • Examine unique ethical challenges in web-based counseling and the use of technology in the schools.
    • Distinguish the elements of negligence, malpractice, and unprofessional conduct.
    • Articulate the requirements of the duty to warn and the duty to protect in cases of danger to self and danger to others.
    • Identify the duty to report unprofessional conduct by colleagues and articulate the pros and cons of this duty.
    • Examine strategies for risk management related to counseling practices and documentation.
    • Review key federal and state laws governing the practice of school counseling.

    Multiple Relationships,Boundary Issues Evaluation, Testing, and Diagnosis

    • Evaluate ethical and legal dilemmas in multiple relationships in counseling.
    • Examine ethical and legal issues in the areas of diagnosis, testing, and evaluation.
    • Examine personal concept of self and how this relates to professional identity and professional relationships.
    • Recognize the limited role of school counselors in evaluation, testing, and diagnosis.

    Supervision, Consultation and Being a Culturally Competent Counselor

    • Identify the professional roles that may legitimately exist as multiple relationships.
    • Differentiate between personal and professional relationships and examine the elements of conflict that are represented in multiple and mixed professional and personal roles.
    • Examine the supervision and consultation roles of faculty in counselor education programs.
    • Examine the legal and ethical expectations of working in a multicultural and diverse environment.
    • Recognize special ethical concerns that pertain to counseling individuals who are of differing sexual orientations, cultural identities, and ethnic origins.
    • Identify the three goals of ethical multicultural practice: self-awareness, knowledge, and skills.
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