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1 HAYLEY POLAND EDUC 661 Confidentiality

2 Population The workshop is intended for other school counselors in the school, administrators and teachers. The principal/administrative staff will be an important aspect to the workshop to visualize the support of the school counselors ethical standards and information given to teachers.

3 Rationale The information supplied in the workshop is to educate teachers about confidentiality being a promise to keep what is said private, unless there is a duty to warn and how that impacts the school counselor (Merlone, 2005). This workshop is needed for school counselors, teachers and administrators to promote awareness and adherence to appropriate guidelines regarding confidentiality, the distinction between public and private information and staff consultation (ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors, 2005).

4 Engaging Activity Telephone

5 Preparation and Materials The school counselor will need to discuss with the principal/administration team the proposal for the workshop. Develop an email, invitation, flyer or announcement to advertise the workshop. The school counselor will prepare for workshop including gathering all materials. The PowerPoint presentation and computer or access to a computer and projector in necessary for a guide during presentation. The counselor should have all examples, definitions, handouts and speakers notes prepared and bring them to presentation. The school counselor will need to ensure the room is set up in a pleasant and working manner for the workshop.

6 Procedures Discuss the workshop and rationale for workshop with the administration. After approval announce and advertise the workshop as appropriate. The school counselor will prepare for workshop including gathering all materials. The PowerPoint presentation and computer or access to a computer and projector in necessary for a guide during presentation. The counselor should have all examples, definitions, handouts and speakers notes prepared and bring them to presentation. The school counselor will need to ensure the room is set up in a pleasant and working manner for the workshop. The school counselor will begin the workshop with a simple definition of school counseling. The school counselor will then lead the group in an engaging activity of Telephone. The statements used in this activity can be adjusted based on the school and age of students. Examples to use are students parents are divorced and he is having a difficult time in class, the student had to go to the hospital over the weekend for a suicide attempt, or the student was caught drinking at prom and is suspended for ten days.

7 Procedures After two to three rounds (depending on participation), the school counselor will process the activity with the occurrences in the teachers lounge. Give the teachers two to three additional examples of how information can travel through the teachers lounge or school and how breaking confidentiality can affect the student and other teachers perception of the student. These examples include loss of trust in the school and school counseling department, students future teachers having negative opinions about the student, other students finding information from school mail/eavesdropping and gossiping, and other examples found in resources. Ask the teachers for their ideas of how the school counselor maintains confidentiality with the students. Have the teachers then identify their opinions of the school counselors relationship with teachers and what the school counselor can share with teachers under ethical standards. Educate teachers on the ASCA Ethical Standards and the three outlined reasons school counselors are mandated to break confidentiality. Recognize similarities and differences in teachers responses and ethical standards. Give time for discussion and questions.

8 Helpful Resources ASCA Code of Ethics ASCA (www.schoolcounselor.org) American School Counselor Association. (2005). School counselor principles: Foundations and basics. American School Counselor Association. South Carolina School Counselor Association (www.scschoolcounselor.org)

9 References Glosoff, H.L. & Pate, Jr., R.H. (2002). Privacy and confidentiality in school- Special issue: legal and ethical issues in school counseling. Professional School Counseling. FindArticles.com. 13 July, 2010. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KOC/is_1_6/ai_93700936/. Lazovsky, R. (2008). Maintaining confidentiality with minors: dilemmas of school counselors. Professional School Counseling. FindArticles.com. 13 July, 2010. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KOC/is_5_11/ai_n27889692/. Moyer, M. & Sullivan, J. Student risk-taking behaviors: when do school counselors break confidentiality? Professional School Counseling. FindArticles.com. 13 July, 2010. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KOC/is_4_11/ai_n25360454/. Mitchell, C. W., Disque, J.G. & Robertson, P. (2002). When parents want to know: responding to parental demands for confidential information. Professional School Counseling. FindArticles.com. 13 July, 2010. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KOC/is_2_6/ai_96194766/. American School Counselor Association. (2005). School counselor principles: Foundations and basics. American School Counselor Association.

10 References White Kress, V. E., Drouhard, N. & Costin, A. (2006). Students who self-injure: school counselor ethical and legal considerations. Professional School Counseling. FindArticles.com. 13 July, 2010. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KOC/is_2_10/ai_n27097425/. Bodenhorn, N. (2006). Exploratory study of common and challenging ethical dilemmas experienced by professional school counselors. Professional School Counseling. FindArticles.com. 13 July, 2010. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KOC/is_2_10/ai_n27097424/. American School Counselor Association (2004). Ethical standards for school counselors. Alexandria, VA: Author. Merlone, L. (2005). Record keeping and the school counselor. Professional School Counseling. FindArticles.com. 21 Jul, 2010. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KOC/is_4_8/ai_n13698359/.


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