I adhere to and follow the professional ethical standards created by the American School Counselor Association. The ethical standards can be found on the ASCA website at http://www.schoolcounselor.org.
To help you understand my ethical obligation to your child and yourself as a parent, I have provided some input on common ethical concerns that arise in schools.
Confidentiality: I adhere to a strict interpretation of confidentiality that is consistent with the ethical standards. There are exceptions to confidentiality such as suspected child abuse/neglect, suicide ideation, or possible harm to others. In addition to these, other situations may arise that I feel may warrant a breach in confidentiality.
Parent Rights: I believe that parents have the right to guide the development of their children and recognize the unique role they play in helping deliver school counseling services. I will do everything possible to work with parents in a manner that respects the delicate balance between the rights of students and parents. Although there may be student interactions or situations that I feel are not in your child’s best interest to share, it is my goal to establish a collaborative relationship with parents/guardians to facilitate the student’s maximum development.