Friday, September 20, 2013

STEPS: Solutions To Ethical Problems In Schools

Every now and then, I receive a phone call from a school counselor who is unsure how to handle a specific scenario or an event that has occurred. We talk the situation through and then discuss the possible outcomes, just like most supervisors would do with their staff. I know first hand, that a lot of the theoretical things we learn in our SC programs we do not apply in our daily roles as school counselors, for one reason or another. However, should use an ethical decision making model when working with students. Dr. Carolyn Stone and ASCA have come up with a pretty good one. I suggest you print it out on a piece of card stock and stick it up in your office. So what if your students see it! It can be a great learning tool, for you can teach your students how to work through problems as well.

STEPS: Solutions to Ethical Problems in Schools (2001) adapts and extends the seven steps of The Practitioner’s Guide to Ethical Decision Making developed by The American Counseling Association (ACA) model and extends the conceptual and contextual applications so they align with the uniqueness of counseling in schools.

STEPS is a nine step model which considers the emotional influences of a problem, the chronological and developmental appropriateness of the solution, the setting and parent’s right.

Enjoy as you continue to be Extraordinary!

Ethical Model for School Counselors


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