VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Duty to Warn With School Counselors
School counselor practices related to informed consent, confidentiality, and duty to warn and protect were examined and compared to the Revised Mississippi Educator Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct (MECESC). A phenomenological approach was used to examine the experiences of school counselors and a documents review examined documents that addressed informed consent, confidentiality and duty to warn and protect. The results indicated that the documents review did not address both the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors and the MECESC. The findings from the interviews with school counselors indicated that some of the participants addressed informed consent while others addressed parental consent. Practitioners might use these findings to identify ethical issues that school counselors encounter while attempting to comply with a state educator code of ethics.