ERIC Number: ED285054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Selected Litigated Court Cases Involving Counseling Professionals.
Liberty, Leona H.
This paper asserts that school counselors and other professional counselors need to be aware of lawsuits involving professional rights and responsibilities. It notes that the courts have heard cases involving privileged communication, failure to exercise adequate precautions for a suicidal client, sexual misconduct, invasion of privacy, and defamation. A review of court cases related to these topics is presented which describes alleged charges and outcomes of the cases to help counselors become aware of how the courts have interpreted the rights and responsibilities of professional counselors. Cases are cited in the areas of: (1) confidentiality; (2) sexual misconduct; (3) invasion of privacy; and (4) defamation. It is recommended that professional counselors be aware of such cases and their outcomes, carry liability insurance, be familiar with the professional code of ethics that applies to all counselors, and contact appropriate personnel who can explain the implications of any counseling concerns. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New Orleans, LA, April 21-25, 1987).