Identifies critical, ethical, and legal aspects of the helping professions and considers some of the moral-ethical dilemmas of counselors and other helpers. Focus on actual cases, ethics, legal responsibilities, and decision-making.
Prerequisite: Counselor education majors or instructor permission.
CACREP 2001 Standards
Ethical and Legal considerations are listed as part of each the eight CACREP core curricular requirements and as part of the doctoral requirements.
EDHS 733 is an on-Grounds (resident) course that has an Internet supplemented lecture/discussion format. The course web site and the Internet material that supplements the course text are part of the instructional design of the course. Please review the material in the text to learn about the Internet resources that supplement the text. Because there are learning materials provided to guide your study of each of the text chapters, a significant part of most class meetings will be spent on application. Some class meetings will be devoted to guest presenters on topics with the assigned text providing topic coverage and during most other class meetings the time after the break will be devoted to demonstrations, "real plays," and group presentations.
The course will have learning teams for required presentations and Internet postings. Learning Teams are described on a linked page.
Instructor appointments are encouraged and e-mail queries will normally receive responses within 24 hours. Anonymous feedback can be provided using the Feedback Link. A personal response to anonymous feedback is not possible so any response will be to the entire class.
Course Goals and Objectives
Goals: To make counselors aware of the ethical and legal guidelines that govern their professional behavior and to help them consider the process of making decisions related to professional behavior.
Students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of ethical and legal aspects of counseling.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and related divisions and their implications for practice.
3. Compare and contrast different models of ethical decision-making.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the broader ethical principles underlying ethics codes.
5. Compare and contrast the relationship between law and ethics.
6. Address current issues and case studies related to ethics and standards of practice.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the policies and procedures for handling ethical violations.
8. Describe the U.S. civil and criminal court system and address the potential counselor roles of witness, advocate, and defendant.
9. Give examples of cultural differences in ethical conceptualization and application of codes of ethics.
August 24, 2006