School counselors face ethical and legal challenges every day. Whether you are new to the field or have been practicing for years, legal and ethical challenges can still throw you for a loop. From confidentiality issues to records maintenance, from duty of care to sexual harassment issues, a school counselor's legal and ethical questions can spring up from every corner. ASCA provides a number of resources and services to help members meet these legal and ethical challenges as comprehensively as possible.
ASCA's Ethical Standards for School Counselors are the basis of ASCA's ethical program. Spanish version also available.
The association also publishes books and journal articles on legal and ethical issues, as well as addressing them in the members-only Resource Center. Each issue of ASCA School Counselor magazine contains an article written by the chair of ASCA's Ethics Committee about a legal or ethical issue. Read the articles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a legal or ethical questions or challenge? Take a look at our frequently asked questions. If you can't find an answer there, post your question on the ASCA SCENE discussion forums in the Legal Ethical category, and get advice and suggestions from other school counselors or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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