Legal & Ethical Specialist
(Please note, this version of the Legal & Ethical Specialist is for those who've already purchased the third edition of "School Counseling Principles: Ethics and Law" and "Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling." If you haven't already purchased the older editions of these books, we recommend you take the newer version of the Legal & Ethical Specialist instead.)

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 school 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 counseling ethics and law in a school setting.
  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.

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.