The ethics related to school counseling differ in focus from that of a professional counselor. There are separate professional organizations as well as separate work environments. School Counselors work with minors in a school setting that is designed for academics. Issues that face children and adolescents on a personal-social level do impact progression in the academic areas and need counselor intervention and consultation. The Education Code is the guiding framework for school counselor’s work, and it has become more complex in interpretation and implementation. Legal issues are quickly becoming a concern for school counselors as they practice in the public setting. In this course, students develop a working knowledge of the ethical standards and codes of the school counseling profession. Students develop the ability to reason ethically and understand the tenets of laws and ethical codes pertaining to school counseling. Students explore and analyze court cases and current critical cases in school counseling. Students develop ethical strategies for handling the numerous ethical and legal issues and the numerous dilemmas that school counselors confront in their profession. Current issues such as: cyberspace and ethical use of technology, LGBTQIA+ issues, 1st Amendment rights, school counselors’ role as advocates for social justice, and in the prevention of school violence are explored.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN: