Ethics And Ethical Standards For School Counselors

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In Introduction to Counseling, students were given copies of the ACA Code of Ethics and Ethical Standards for School Counselors. The ACA code of Ethics was updated in 2014 with significant changes. One of the improvements was to the preface of the code; including how human development, diversity and multiculturalism, social justice, the integrity of the counselor-child relationship, and competency align further with other professional fields. Another vital area receiving amendments was the extension to the confidentiality law. It is now considered confidential if a person makes an appointment; attaining an appointment is just as important as anything said during a session. In the past, there was concern counselors were making referrals due to religious beliefs. Referrals counselors make will be based on skill and not the counselor’s personal beliefs. It is imperative, new counselors especially, keep up with ethical codes and the changes which can occur at any time. The ACA’s Code of Ethics and the Ethical Standards for School Counselors are great resource tools to describe confidentiality, responsibilities to the student, school, community, and families; student records, technology, collaboration, social justice advocacy, professional responsibility, relationships, supervision, evaluation, assessment, and interpretation. In a high school counselor meeting I attended, the speaker explained one noteworthy recommendation; counselors should act as if they are being
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