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Provide a brief analysis explaining the critical nature, in general, of counseling record keeping (i.e., what are the purposes of keeping comprehensive client records?). Explain the possible ethical and legal implications of not keeping appropriate counseling records.
Provide an analysis of the ethical conflicts that could arise from the court-ordered reporting of counseling records. Be specific, provide examples, and reference the relevant ethical codes.

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? Provide a brief analysis explaining the critical nature, in general, of counseling record keeping (i.e., what are the purposes of keeping comprehensive client records?). Explain the possible ethical and legal implications of not keeping appropriate counseling records.

The purpose of keeping comprehensive client records is to comply with the American Psychological Association (APA, 2002) Ethical Codes Standard 6.01-"Documentation of Professional and Scientific Work and Maintenance of Records. In addition, under the APA's Standard of Disclosure (Standard 1.25c) records are regulated by many state and local laws (Beresoff, 2003, p. 518). Additionally, Beresoff delineates 3 primary benefits resulting from record keeping that include: (a) maintaining a history of psychological services, (b) implementing a course of action for potential treatment, and (c) helping to protect psychologists from liability. The ethical and legal implications for not keeping appropriate counseling records may subject counselors or professional organizations to a review or potential lawsuit by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

? Provide an analysis of the ethical conflicts that could arise from the court-ordered reporting of counseling records. Be specific, provide examples, and reference the relevant ethical codes.

The potential ethical implication associated with court-ordered reporting counseling records is that of confidentiality and /or disclosure (Standard 4.05a). For instance, the court may order information to be disclosed that is against the wishes of the practitioner or client (e.g., personal health information concerning sexually transmitted diseases), and/or the counselor may wish the information suppressed based on his or her "duty to protect" under Standard 4.05a3. For instance, information such as illegal behavior, sexual practices or other sensitive information that could be potentially harmful to the client should not be included in record keeping.

? Give an analysis of two ethical challenges related to record keeping and/or reporting when the legal system is involved.

Two ethical challenges related to record keeping relative to the legal system involves ...

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This solutional discusses the APA guidelines for record keeping

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