School Counseling : A Unique Ethical Code

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School counseling has a unique ethical code, which 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 students and families values, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identification, and cultural background. 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…show more content…
School counselors must stay up-to-date to be effective in the field. Continuing education can include conferences, webinars, or workshops which allow people from the field to network with peers and earn continuing education units (ASCA, 2016). Furthermore, professional identity also comes from the ASCA website that lists the vision, mission, goals, and objectives. The vision includes advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and systemic change. Empowering school counselors with knowledge, skills, and resources to foster student success. The mission is for school counselors be professional and use ethical practices. The goals and objectives include professional development, maintaining a code of conduct, and professional behavior (ASCA, 2016). In the journal article, “Stand Tall to Protect Students: School Counselors Strengthening School Connectedness” written by Richard Lapan, Ryan Wells, Judy Petersen, and Leigh Ann McCann (2014), they discuss how students who have effective school counseling may have better educational outcomes. School connectedness is the strongest protective factor to promote both a positive academic and nonacademic outcome for students. Protective factors include environmental conditions, characteristics that help youth cope with stress and trauma, avoid hazards, and learn both emotional and social competence to flourish in life. Having school connectedness means that the student
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