schc515 | Graduate
Legal And Ethical Issues In Counseling And Schools
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Application of Law and Ethics to Dimensions of Counseling Practice and Research, Counselor Ethics in the Community
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Counseling Children, Families, and Groups
- Examine legal rights to confidentiality and privacy of minors.
- Examine the legal rights of custodial and noncustodial parents.
- Apply ethical principles to privileged communications in group, couples, and family situations.
- Identify issues related to changing family structure.
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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