Prior to beginning work on this discussion, please review the following websites, and read the following required articles:
- Ethical Decision Making
- The Difference Between Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
- ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors
- To Tell or Not to Tell: The Fine Line Between Minors’ Privacy and Others’ Right to Know
Play the expert in the following scenario and apply ethical decision-making to your rationale and actions. Be mindful of section F in the “ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors” (p. 8):
When faced with an ethical dilemma, school counselors and school counseling program directors/supervisors use an ethical decision-making model such as Solutions to Ethical Problems in Schools (STEPS) (Stone, 2001):
- Define the problem emotionally and intellectually
- Apply the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors and the law
- Consider the students’ chronological and developmental levels
- Consider the setting, parental rights and minors’ rights
- Apply the ethical principles of beneficence, autonomy, nonmaleficence, loyalty and justice
- Determine potential courses of action and their consequences
- Evaluate the selected action
- Implement the course of action
You are a school counselor at a rural high school. You have been counseling a student, and he confided in you that one of his friends has recently engaged in sexual relations with one of the teacher’s daughters. (She is a friend of yours.) He does not divulge the name of the other student and refuses to talk any further about the issue.
Address the following:
- What ethical considerations must be considered in this situation?
- How does confidentiality affect your considerations and actions?
- What options might you have to address the situation?
- Ethically, since this is hearsay, are you legally obligated to address?
- Using appropriate citations and references, explain how the empirical research, theoretical models, and ethical standards presented in the assigned resources suggest the importance of applying ethical decision-making strategies to scenarios such as these.
Meiseller, D. (2020). Difference between deductive and inductive reasoning. https://danielmiessler.com/blog/the-difference-between-deductive-and-inductive-reasoning/
ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors. (2016). https://www.schoolcounselor.org/getmedia/f041cbd0-7004-47a5-ba01-3a5d657c6743/Ethical-Standards.pdf
Carlson, N. (2017). To tell or not to tell: The fine line between minors’ privacy and others’ right to know (Links to an external site.). https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=2ahUKEwiwuLC7-73pAhVVj54KHSMQAWcQFjABegQIDBAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.counseling.org%2Fdocs%2Fdefault-source%2Fethics%2Fethics-columns%2Fethics_october-2017_minor-privacy.pdf%3Fsfvrsn%3Da25522c_6&usg=AOvVaw0kYOxrz1puzlnuMbSY9THu