2018-2019 Catalog 
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2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSYC 622 - Legal and Ethical Issues in the Counseling Profession

3 hours
This course will provide an understanding of legal and ethical issues related to counselor practice, with particular emphasis to Illinois Mental health Codes and Standards. Students will learn about codes of ethics, laws, rules and regulations which govern behavior of counselors. The course will also include information related to professional credentialing, including certification, licensure and accreditation practices and standards in Illinois. The role and process of the professional/school counselor as an advocate for the profession and for the individual when barriers impede access to services, equity in mental health care and individual success will be explored with emphasis directed towards diverse populations. The ethical standards of the ACA and related entities in professional and school counseling, with particular emphasis on Illinois Mental Health law and practices will be presented, discussed and applied through use of lecture, case study and outcome evaluation. Additionally, this course will emphasize methods and strategies for identifying ethical conflicts and the appropriate professional response. This course will also examine the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, professional roles, functions and relationships with other service providers, as well as the benefits of membership in professional organizations. GR