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Larry, 16 years old, is sent to a family guidance clinic by his parents. During the first session the counselor sees Larry and his parents

together. She tells the parents in his presence that what she and Larry discuss will be confi dential and that she will not disclose information

acquired through the sessions without his permission. The parents seem to understand that confi dentiality is necessary for trust to develop

between their son and his counselor. At first Larry is reluctant to come in for counseling. Eventually, as the

sessions go on, he discloses that he has a serious drug problem. Larry’s parents know that he was using drugs at one time, but he has told them

that he is no longer using them. The counselor listens to anecdote after anecdote about Larry’s use of illegal drugs, about how “I am loaded at

school every day,” and about a few brushes with death when he was under the influence of illegal substances. Finally, she tells Larry that she does not want the responsibility of knowing he is experimenting with illegal drugs and that she will not agree to continue the counseling relationship

unless he stops using them. At this stage she agrees not to inform his parents, on the condition that he quits using drugs, but she does tell him that

she will be talking with one of her colleagues about the situation. Larry apparently stops using drugs for several weeks. However, one night while he is under the influence of methamphetamine he has a serious automobile accident. As a result of the accident, Larry is paralyzed for life. Larry’s parents angrily assert that they had a legal right to be informed that he was seriously involved in drug use, and they file suit against both the counselor and the agency.

Students will conduct a case study analysis about an ethical dilemma that can occur in a school. Students will analyze the case study relative to the school counselor’s conduct. The 4-page analysis (not including title page and references) must adhere to APA guidelines (e.g., double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font; See APA Formatting and Style Guide Students will examine the following:

a. Identify 2-3 essential points of the case and explain why they are relevant

b. Articulate why you believe the school counselor’s actions in the case are ethical, unethical, legal, or illegal

c. Select one code from the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and one code from the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counseling to justify your explanation d. Reflect on how your personal and professional values and multiculturalism (i.e., dimensions of personal identity) may have influenced your ethical decision-making