This session will highlight critical legal and ethical issues in counseling practice, as presented in The Counselor and the Law (8th ed., 2019). The presenters will offer strategies for managing current and anticipated future risks. Issues will include: use of a newly updated decision-making model; confidentiality, privilege, and privacy; co-occurring relationships; social media, online practices, and other technology concerns (e.g., ransomware and AI); documentation; reporting duties; gun violence; professional issues that threaten counselors and clients; and planning for the future.
Understand the legal risk environment in which counselors practice including administrative complaints, licensing board complaints, and lawsuits.
Acquire knowledge and use of Wheeler and Bertram’s recently revised Legal/Ethical Decision-Making Model to be used when presented with difficult clinical issues.
Gain a deeper understanding of essential tools, including the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and new trends in the law, to manage current and future risks.