Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Foreword. (Special Issue: Legal and Ethical Issues in School Counseling)

Academic journal article Professional School Counseling

Foreword. (Special Issue: Legal and Ethical Issues in School Counseling)

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Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of consulting with school counselors regarding the legal and ethical challenges they encounter in their professional positions. I have written on this topic, conducted numerous workshops, served as an expert witness in school counselor malpractice cases, served on licensure boards that have reviewed complaints against school counselors, and talked with individual school counselors as they have struggled with difficult legal and ethical issues.

Both the professional literature and my own experiences have led me to the conclusion that school counselors, to a greater degree than counselors who practice in other settings, are continually challenged with legal and ethical problems. I believe legal, and ethical issues arise more often for school counselors because their clients are minors, they have responsibilities to numerous constituencies (students, their parents and guardians, teachers, and administrators), they have such large numbers of students to counsel, and they work in a setting that requires compliance with many complex federal and state statutes.

The knowledgeable and talented authors in this special issue of Professional School Counseling have addressed important legal and ethical concerns of school counselors. They have provided a foundation for their topics from the professional literature and have offered practical guidelines for the professional practice of counselors in schools.

The collection of articles begins with a quiz Wayne C. Huey and I developed to highlight sections of the American School Counselor Association and the American Counseling Association codes of ethics. Hopefully, readers will learn about these codes as they take the quiz. In addition, it is our hope that the information in the article will be used to educate and enhance the professional development of school counselors in the future.

Mary A. …

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