Ethical Standards for School Counselors

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Ethical Standards for School Counselors
ASCA's Ethical Standards for School Counselors were adopted by the ASCA Delegate Assembly, March 19,1984, revised March 27, 1992, June 25, 1998, and June 26, 2004. Preamble
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a professional organization whose members are certified/licensed in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address the academic, personal/social and career development needs of all students. Professional school counselors are advocates, leaders, collaborators and consultants who create opportunities for equity in access and success in educational opportunities by connecting their programs to the mission of schools and subscribing to the following tenets of professional responsibility: * Each person has the right to be respected, be treated with dignity and have access to a comprehensive school counseling program that advocates for and affirms all students from diverse populations regardless of ethnic/racial status, age, economic status, special needs, English as a second language or other language group, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, family type, religious/spiritual identity and appearance. * Each person has the right to receive the information and support needed to move toward self-direction and self-development and affirmation within one’s group identities, with special care being given to students who have historically not received adequate educational services: students of color, low socio-economic students, students with disabilities and students with * Each person has the right to understand the full magnitude and meaning of his/her educational choices and how those choices will affect future opportunities. * Each person has the right to privacy and thereby the right to expect the counselor-student relationship to comply with all laws, policies and ethical standards pertaining to confidentiality in the school setting. In this document, ASCA specifies the principles of ethical behavior necessary to maintain the high standards of integrity, leadership and professionalism among its members. The Ethical Standards for School Counselors were developed to clarify the nature of ethical responsibilities held in common by school counseling professionals. The purposes of this document are to: * Serve as a guide for the ethical practices of all professional school counselors regardless of level, area, population served or membership in this professional association; * Provide self-appraisal and peer evaluations regarding counselor responsibilities to students, parents/guardians, colleagues and professional associates, schools, communities and the counseling profession; and * Inform those served by the school counselor of acceptable counselor practices and expected professional behavior. A. Responsibilities to Students

A.1. Responsibilities to Students
The professional school counselor:
a. Has a primary obligation to the student, who is to be treated with respect as a unique individual. b. Is concerned with the educational, academic, career, personal and social needs and encourages the maximum development of every student. c. Respects the student’s values and beliefs and does not impose the counselor’s personal values. d. Is knowledgeable of laws, regulations and policies relating to students and strives to protect and inform students regarding their rights. A.2. Confidentiality

The professional school counselor:
a. Informs students of the purposes, goals, techniques and rules of procedure under which they may receive counseling at or before the time when the counseling relationship is entered. Disclosure notice includes the limits of confidentiality such as the possible necessity for consulting with other professionals, privileged communication, and legal or authoritative restraints. The meaning and limits of confidentiality are defined in developmentally...
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