ERIC Number: ED043042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Confidentiality and the School Counselor. Comments on Inspection of Public School Records and Counselor Privileged Communications.
Haney, Gerald; And Others
Confidentiality, long a concern, has become, with the increase in counseling and therefore personal data of even greater concern to counselors. Most of the time, counselors accept this responsibility without guide lines for release of information, either by the local district or by the state in which they work. Counselors are seeking assurances that they will not be sued because of the nature of their profession in handling records, information about students, and the release of this information. Action has been taken by some states, Michigan and Iowa on the release of this information. Privileged communication may not be what counselors need, since this protects the counselee not the counselor, and furthermore, information could not then be used to benefit the counselee. Each state should construct guide lines to give assistance in understanding and protection of the confidential information given to the schools and used by school personnel including counselors. The second article compiles some of the Kansas laws, legal opinions, and position papers that give insight into the problems and the position of the Kansas counselor as it relates to the problem of confidentiality. (SJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Dept. of Public Instruction, Topeka.
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 22-26, 1970 and the Guidance and Pupil Personnel Services and Administrators, Emporia, Kansas