ERIC Number: ED324607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
The Counselor and the Law. Third Edition.
Hopkins, Bruce R.; Anderson, Barbara S.
This document is a general guide to assist counselors in conducting their practice in a legal and ethical manner. It outlines broad legal pitfalls that could trap unwary or uninformed counseling professionals. After an introduction to the counseling profession, the second chapter provides an overview of the law and ethics. The third chapter deals with the counselor-client relationship and protecting client confidences. Specific topics include the duty to warn and court appearances. Chapter 4 discusses avoiding civil liability, focusing on the topics of professional competence, general malpractice, malpractice in particular situations, and other civil actions such as defamation. Avoiding criminal liability is discussed in chapter 5 issues such as failure to report suspected child abuse and sexual misconduct are discussed. The sixth chapter discusses issues involving the private practitioner, including governing instruments, organizational aspects, tax considerations, nonprofit organizations, licensure, and professional liability insurance. The appendix includes the Ethical Standards of the American Association for Counseling and Development (1988) and Ethical Guidelines for Group Counselors (1989). (ABL)
Descriptors: Counselors, Court Litigation, Ethics, Laws, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Standards, Taxes
American Association for Counseling and Development, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304 (Order No. 72514, $19.95).
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association for Counseling and Development, Alexandria, VA.