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Doctoral Student Ethical Scenario: The Case of Callie
Anita A. Neuer, Rebecca E. Michel, Joseph Davis and Jodi M. Slaughter
This case study (see Appendix) presents a number of ethical dilemmas typically faced by both school counselors and clinical supervisors. Callie is an experienced elementary school counselor currently pursing her LPC and Paul is her clinical supervisor. Callie’s school principal has requested a list of students and parents/guardians she counsels on a weekly basis and a list of community providers with whom she refers and consults. This data is solicited to complete a quarterly report on school resources and activities. Callie is concerned about disclosing this information, as it is her ethical responsibility to protect client confidentiality. Her reluctance to provide the names is compounded by her prior experience of instances when the principal disclosed confidential information to others, particularly his secretary. Furthermore, Callie has witnessed the secretary sharing confidential information with instructors. Callie seeks Paul’s advice on how to proceed in order to uphold her ethical, moral, and legal responsibilities without jeopardizing her job.