HS207 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Human Services

Prerequisite: HS 101.

Examines the moral, legal and ethical issues encountered by counselors and other human services professionals working in different delivery settings, such as social welfare agencies, child and youth care facilities, schools, health care organizations, criminal justices systems, and other venues. Presents ethical theories, case students, and past and recent legal decision impacting the human services professions. Addresses subjects such as the goals, objectives, and standards formulated by professional organizations; certification and licensing; issues of referral, informed consent, due process, and the right to treatment; civil commitment and appropriate treatment in least-restrictive settings; privacy, confidentiality, and privileged communication; client advocacy; the duty to warn and the duty to protect; malpractice; and governmental standards and regulation. A library component is included.

3 Credit Hours