Ethics and Legal Issues

Friday, April 1, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
IAMFC Session
Program ID #703, Room 210E, Poster 3
Professional and Client Wills
30-Minute Poster Session
Loretta Bradley, Bret Hendricks, Brande Flamez, Ann M. Ordway
In an era in which confidentiality is sometimes overlooked or compromised, there are the personal wills of clients and the professional wills of counselors. This presentation will address wills for the counselor and client. In addition, the session will seek to answer the following questions: (1) Does confidentiality cease with death? (2) Who has access to client records following the death of the client? The death of the counselor? (3) What is the content of a professional will?


Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #723, Room 210E, Poster 11
A Call to Action: Incorporating Therapy Animals in Counseling
30-Minute Poster Session
Shawna M. Corley
This poster session will promote professional identity and standards development for animal-assisted therapy in counseling. In addition, it will provide steps on how counselors can begin working with therapy animals in session. Counselor identity in the field of animal-assisted therapy has room to grow and this session will allow counselors to increase their confidence in regards to this field.


Friday, April 1, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #767, Room 210E, Poster 7
Do You Know How Duty To Warn Works Where You Live? Research Says Maybe Not
30-Minute Poster Session
Kathryn L. Henderson, Traci Westin
Counselors may be uninformed about differences in duty-to-warn laws from state to state and may be at risk of unknowingly incurring legal liability for reporting harm to others. This session will provide information about which states deviate from duty-to-warn doctrine. The results of a recent study will be reviewed that examined counselors’ knowledge of state law on duty to warn. Statistical results indicated an alarming rate of counselors who were unable to identify the correct law in their state.


Friday, April 1, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #775, Room 210E, Poster 3
Facing Up to Facebook: Digital Dilemmas for Counselors
30-Minute Poster Session
Sandra S. Lee, Hailey A. Arbus
What if a client wants to “friend” the counselor on Facebook? What are the considerations when a counselor wants to search a client on the Internet? What if a client wants to post a “selfie” with his counselor on his Facebook page? This proposal presents emerging ethical dilemmas in the area of social media, especially Facebook, with a focus on privacy, boundaries, and informed consent. Real-life digital dilemmas encountered with the use of Facebook are discussed in each of these three areas. Guidelines are proposed.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Program ID #836, Room 210E, Poster 4
When Values and Ethics Collide: Real-Life Ethical Decision-Making
30-Minute Poster Session
Dana Heller Levitt
Recent court cases and the 2014 Code of Ethics emphasize counselor values and the intentionality with which counselors must attend to them. How do awareness and professional emphasis carry out in practice? This presentation will address the intersection of values and ethics in counseling. The presenter will discuss how counselors across experiences handle the conundrum of personal values and ethical responsibilities, as well as guidance for counselor values exploration and ethics preparation.


Sunday, April 3, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Program ID #908, Room 210E, Poster 4
Building Client Advocacy Through Empowerment: A Counselor’s Ethical Responsibility
30-Minute Poster Session
Judy A. Schmidt
This poster session will present information on counselor competencies and the ethical responsibilities for empowering consumers to develop strong self-advocacy skills to obtain their goals. A review of client rights in counseling relationships for learning self-advocacy skills, gaining resource knowledge, and accessing appropriate services will be offered in accordance with the ACA and CRCC Code of Ethics for counselors. Strategies for helping clients develop self-advocacy skills through empowerment will be offered.