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 you 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.
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. 

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. 
  3. Take your exams to indicate mastery of the subject matter. To access your exams, log in to the ASCA website and click on "My ASCA."  Then click on My Profile. From your My Profile page, click on the “Purchases” tab at the top, then click on “Exams” on the left. Your ASCA U Specialist Course and its affiliated exams will be listed in the center of your screen. Click on “Details” then “Take Quiz” to begin taking and passing your exams.
  4. Once you successfully pass all course exams by correctly answering every question, you can view and download a record of your education credits by going to your “Account” tab at the top of your profile and clicking on the “Education Credits” on the left. A certificate suitable for framing with arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks.

"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