ERIC Number: ED349513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Counseling Minor Clients. The ACA Legal Series, Volume 4.
Salo, Mark M.; Shumate, Stephen G.
This monograph addresses many of the questions mental health professionals find themselves asking when faced with counseling minor clients. The monograph begins by examining how children and adolescents are viewed in the eyes of the law and discusses a minor's legal right to seek or refuse counseling services. Issues involving custody and competing interests for a child's welfare are addressed, as are special considerations for various work settings. The ethical duties of confidentiality and the legal ramifications of privileged communication as they relate to minor clients are examined, as are exceptions to these practices, including the reporting of child abuse and assisting suicidal and homicidal youth. Other topics that are addressed include considerations for counseling minors about sexual activity and its consequences, dual relationship issues for counselors of children and adolescents, and federal statutes that delineate the responsibilities of counselors in handling educational records. General answers to commonly asked questions are provided. A section containing discussion questions is included. It is noted that in these stressful times children and adolescents are in need of professional counseling services more than ever. A glossary and references are included. (ABL)
Descriptors: Children, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Counseling Services, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselors, Ethics, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 ($11.95, order #72304).
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.