Ch 5: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn about counselor licensing, professional ethical standards, the rights of minors and more. Each of these lessons is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these counseling topics.

Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Use this chapter to examine some of the steps counselors must take to meet their state's licensing or certification requirements. You can also examine the legal and ethical standards in place to help ensure counselors deliver competent care that maintains the rights of patients of all ages. By the time you finish this chapter's video lessons, you should be familiar with the following:

  • Counselor credentialing requirements
  • Common ethical violations in counseling
  • The legal rights of adult clients and minors
  • Counselors' civil and criminal liability

Video Objectives
Counselor Licensing and Certification Requirements Take a minute to consider the necessity of counselor licensing before surveying some of the basic requirements for professional counseling credentials. Examine the differences between state licensure, state certification and certification from professional associations, such as the National Board of Certified Counselors.
The Importance of Ethics in Counseling Assess the importance of ethical standards and codes of conduct in the counseling profession. Examine some of the most common ethical violations, such as negligence, sexual involvement and breach of patient confidentiality. Learn why it's so difficult to police ethical issues.
Legal Issues in Counseling Explore client rights and learn what's considered privileged communication. Examine the requirement to report child abuse and the legal duty to warn.
Civil and Criminal Liability and the Rights of Minors Differentiate between criminal liability, civil liability and malpractice as they relate to the counseling profession. Examine some of the situations where counselors could be asked to serve as an expert witness in court. Take a look at legal considerations for counseling minors.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.