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Counselors in the Courtroom: Implications for Counselor Supervisors

Ruth O. Moore and Laura R. Simpson


When counselors are involved in court cases, they often look to their supervisors for education and guidance (Faller, 2007). This can be challenging for supervisors, because they must provide direction to the counselor while being cognizant of pertinent legal and ethical dilemmas related to such cases (Lane, 2012). Supervisors have an ethical obligation to provide the necessary direction to their supervisees, and they can be liable for inappropriate or inadequate services provided by their supervisees. Thus, as supervision may include a variety of roles such as teacher, consultant, or counselor, supervisors must perform competently to avoid the ramifications associated with vicarious liability.

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