Counselors often work with children and adolescents; people who have cognitive, emotional, and/or physical disabilities; and people in prison or on probation. It is important to keep in mind the issues of informed consent and assent for treatment with all clients, but especially for those clients from vulnerable populations. There are other ethical issues that may require special attention when working with vulnerable populations such as confidentiality (e.g., exclusions to confidentiality), parameters to disclosure (e.g., HIPPA and working with minors in school and non-school settings), and the legal status of relationships within a family (e.g., legal dependents, legal guardianship, marriage, and custodial/noncustodial parents).

For this Discussion, review the ethical and legal requirements related to counseling minors. Reflect on potential courses of action.

Post by Day 2 two ethical and legal challenges related to counseling minors. Then, explain the potential course of action you may take to address them. Use the codes of ethics to support this action.

Be sure to use the Learning Resources and the current literature to support your response.

Respond by Day 4 and expand on your colleague’s posting by providing an alternate course of action for the ethical and legal challenges your colleague discussed.

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