Ethical Case in School Counseling

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Ethical Case Intuitive Level 1. Immediate judgments - The first step in the ethical-decision making model is to recognize the problem. The problem is Kevin was involved in illegal activity. Although it was not his idea, and he was not the one who actually stole the car, it was still illegal and technically he could face consequences as an accomplice if caught and convicted. Despite this my immediate feeling in response to this situation is that at this point I do not report the crime. 2. Ordinary Moral Sense – my beliefs related to the situation are simply that adolescents need to learn to make responsible decisions. I feel that by coming to me and revealing that he was a part of this criminal activity, he may indeed have feelings of guilt and is basically reaching out in dealing with these feelings of remorse he has. Since he was not the one who actually stole the car and it was not his idea, I would use the opportunity to guide him in the process of making better choices. First it would be imperative that he admits the remorse and then I would want to work on the responsible decision making. Critical – Evaluative Level 1. Rules, professional codes consulted, state laws, etc. - After referring to the ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005) I found that under section B. Confidentiality, privileged communication and privacy, B.2. Exceptions B.2.a. Danger and Legal Requirements. The general requirement that counselors keep information confidential does not apply when disclosure is required to protect clients or identified others from serious and foreseeable harm or when legal requirements demand that confidential information must be revealed. Counselors consult with other professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception. 2. Ethical Principles: a. Autonomy - It means allowing an individual the freedom of choice and

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