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Ethical Challenges in School Counseling
A brief discussion on the ethical challenges faced by school counselors.
# 152342 | 909 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper discusses how school counselors are faced with ethical issues every day and argues that the key to being successful is to be aware of the issues that one could face and have a plan how to deal with each one. The paper describes how school counselors are required to deal with any actions by a colleague that could cause harm to students and have to address privacy issues that involve school-age children. The paper notes that legal principles of practice are different from ethical standards and that group counseling often presents its own set of ethical issues.

From the Paper:

"Ethical decisions are usually not very clear-cut. They often tend to be in the gray areas rather than in black and white. Additionally, the right answer in one situation is not automatically the right answer in a similar case. As society changes, the issues that come up changes as well. Once it becomes understood that counselors will often have to struggle with themselves in order to determine the appropriate action to take in each situation, then the importance of ethical and legal awareness and sensitivity becomes clear. It can then also be understood the need for periodic re-examination of the issues throughout a person's professional life. The significance of knowing the contents of professional codes of conduct and the purposes and limitations of such codes is critical to the understanding of ethical and legal issues in school counseling. Even though comprehensive memorization of the ethical codes is not necessary, school counselors should have at least a basic understanding of their ethical responsibilities as defined in these codes (Huey and Remley, 1990).
'The ethical standards of ASCA and the American Association for Counseling and Development (AACD) provide school counselors with the behaviors to which they should seek and give common guidelines for addressing hard issues. They do not automatically provide answers to the many specific dilemmas that practitioners will surely face."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Herlihy, Barbara, Gray, Neal and McCollum, Vivian. (2010). Legal and ethical issues in school counselor supervision - Special issue: legal and ethical issues in school counseling. Retrieved May 1, 2010, from bNet Web site:;col 1
  • Huey, Wayne C. and Remley, Theodore P., Jr. (1990). Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling. Highlights: An ERIC/CAPS Digest. Retrieved May 1, 2010, from ERIC Web Site:
  • Legal & Ethical. (2010). Retrieved May 1, 2010, from American School Counselor Association Web site:

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Ethical Challenges in School Counseling (2013, January 29) Retrieved September 28, 2023, from

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