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Legal & Ethical Specialist
School counselors must navigate some of the most challenging ethical and legal dilemmas facing counselors today and have many distinct roles that can lead to conflicting priorities. Their primary clients are minors whose legal rights belong to their parents or guardians – so conflicts are inevitable. Additionally school counselors deal with some of society’s most perplexing and difficult issues on a daily basis, including confidentiality, suicide, self-harm, violence, teen pregnancy, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse and neglect, subpoenas and administrative supervision. Add to this long list more recent societal challenges including the use of technology by students and school counselors, addressing the needs of racial and sexual minority students and the risk of being sued. Because of these challenges, which change daily, keeping current with legal and ethical issues in the schools is essential for school counselors. 

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  1. Practice the latest thinking in important areas of school counseling ethics and law.
  2. Summarize the major components of the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
  3. Explain the progression and major changes of the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors over the last three revisions (2004, 2010, 2016).
  4. Discuss the intent, meaning and use of the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
  5. Discuss court cases involving school counselors and the ethical and legal implications associated with them.
  6. Examine their own values in ethical decision-making.
  7. Develop a tolerance for ambiguity in ethical decision-making.
  8. Learn about the minimum standard of care for the reasonably competent professional.
  9. Apply guiding principles as established by the courts.
Earn the Legal & Ethical Specialist designation to ensure you're practicing the latest thinking in school counseling ethics and law. The Legal & Ethical Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours. Graduate credit is now available for individuals who complete the Legal &Ethical Specialist Training after October 1, 2017. Click here for more information. 

To earn the Legal & Ethical Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take a short quiz online about each to indicate subject matter mastery. Once you have passed all the quizzes, the CEUs will be posted to your CEU records online, and you’ll receive a certificate suitable for framing in the mail. It can take up to eight weeks for your certificate to arrive. The Specialist designation is good for five years. There is no timeline or deadline for completing the training. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Materials: If you purchased this training prior to September 2017, please click here for your course materials.  

How to Get Started

1. Register here to sign up for the Legal and Ethical Specialist Training. 

2, Read/view the above assignments. For the webinars and presentations some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings.

3. Take the quizzes. Once you've registered for the training, log into the ASCA website, click on "My ASCA" and then click on "ASCA Quizzes." You must score 100 percent on each quiz to pass. You may take each quiz as many times as necessary. Please note, if you're working on a Mac, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Safari for best interface with the quiz software. And if you're working on a PC and the quizzes aren't showing up properly, make sure your Internet browser is the most up-to-date version.

"It was a great learning experience. Thank you for a very informative course that furthered my understanding of the legal and ethical information so important to sound practice by school counselors.
- Kathy Rowe, school counseling coordinator (retired), Dublin City Schools, Ohio