School Counseling : A Unique Ethical Code

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School counseling has a unique ethical code that is listed on the American School Counseling Association (ASAC) website. The code starts with responsibility to students and supporting student development. This means school counselors have an obligation to the students, including treating each student with dignity and respect. Furthermore, respecting student and family values, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identification, and cultural backgrounds. School counselors have a goal of supporting students and families in a short-term setting, then referring to outside services for long-term counseling. Additionally, the fundamental role of parents/guardians need to be recognized. School counseling is not designed to make diagnoses, but to be mindful of how a student’s diagnosis could affect academic success. School counselors have a responsibility to support student’s maximum development by having concern for academic, career, social, and emotional needs. School counselors must be knowledgeable of laws and regulations to protect and inform students of their rights. Lastly, appropriate boundaries must be maintained, including sexual and romantic relationships which are prohibited, regardless of the student’s age (ASCA, 2016, pp. 1-2). The professional identity of school counselors is also listed on the ASCA website. Part of professional identity comes from professional development. Professional development is imperative working in an education field. There is continuously
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