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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
|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.|
1. Counselor Licensing and Certification Requirements
Have you wondered about licensure or certification as a counselor? Are you curious about the difference between them? In this lesson, we will be looking at licensure and certification, what the differences and similarities are, and the requirements.
2. The Importance of Ethics in Counseling
In this lesson, we will be looking at the ethical issues a new counselor should be familiar with and prepared to handle. These issues include things breaching confidentiality and financial issues.
3. Legal Issues in Counseling
In this lesson, we will be looking at the legal issues in counseling. We will be discussing the importance of credentialing, what the client's rights are regarding their records, privileged communication, duty to report child abuse, and duty to warn.
4. Civil and Criminal Liability and the Rights of Minors in Counseling
In this lesson, we will learn about legal issues counselors need to consider when going into practice, such as general information on civil and criminal liability, malpractice, expert and lay witnesses, premature termination, and the rights of minors.
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Other chapters within the Counseling 101: Fundamentals of Counseling course
- The History of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- The Professional Counselor
- The Counseling Process
- Theoretical Approaches in Counseling
- Human Growth and Development in Counseling
- School Counseling
- Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation Counseling
- Social and Cultural Elements of Counseling
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- Career Counseling
- Group Counseling