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Counselling Minors: Ethics/Legal CCPA

Consider ethical and legal questions that arise in working with children and adolescents. For example: Can minors consent to treatment without parental knowledge or parental consent? What are the limits of confidentiality in counselling minors? What does informed consent consist of in working with minors? Do parents have absolute access to confidential information pertaining to their child? What information are you at liberty to disclose to parents? How would you mediate a dispute between a child and his or her parent over disclosure of confidential material pertaining to the child? Consider the implications that these ethical concerns have on training and supervision of counsellor-trainees who seek to work with children / adolescents.

Please use CCPA and any of the two articles that I included. Thanks.


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Hi There,

I hope this solution gets to you in time. Here, you are being asked to look into the ethical and legal considerations, primarily based on CCPA in relation to dealing with children and teens. Since this is pretty specific to CCPA concepts, I suggest using this simple outline:

1. CCPA on Dealing with minors - 200 words
2. Q&A to answer the questions posed (also draw from the articles) - 300 words

This should cover what you need. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Ethics & Legalities: Counselling Minors

In Canada, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is the primary organization that deliberates, standardizes and upholds the professional expected practices in counselling and psychotherapy. Members determine programs, work together to innovate their fields and set certification measures for the purpose of development. Above all, the organization has established a code of ethics to govern their practice, protect standards and ensure that those seeking help will only get the best out of their members, including ensuring ethical and legal standards are practice. With regards to minors and children, there are 2 items that tackle the concern as follows (CCPA, 2007):

"B5. Children and Persons with Diminished Capacity - Counsellors conduct the informed consent process with those legally appropriate to give consent when counselling, assessing, and having as research subject's children and/or persons with diminished capacity. These clients also ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advice in tackling the task (see above) on counselling of minors and adolescents. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.