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Legal Issues in Counseling

Select two ethical, legal, and/or professional issues and reflect on how they might impact a counselor's court testimony and/or a counselor's work with clients.

give a brief description of each of the ethical, legal, or professional issues you selected. Explain how each might affect court testimony from a counselor working with couples and families and/or a counselor's work with couples and families that is impacted or initiated by the legal system.

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(1) Select two ethical, legal, and/or professional issues and reflect on how they might impact a counselor's court testimony and/or a counselor's work with clients.

Two areas where legal concerns and court decisions may be involved relates to minors considering informed consent and confidentiality. For example, in some jurisdictions, minors may be allowed to consent to treatment without parental knowledge except in situations where it may likely cause harm to the child. Most states have child abuse reporting laws, and a counselor may be required to provide court testimony concerning issues of abuse and/or neglect (Dekraai & Sales, 1991). In essence, the law states that medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for children cannot be administered without consent to participation that is informed consent. The principle of informed consent is a manifestation of the basic right granted each individual to give their permission for treatment. ...

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This solution discusses ethical and legal issues, and how they impact court testimony

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