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A look at five potential and specific ethical violations present in the attached case study, explaining why each situation violates an ethical code.

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An examination of five ethical violations in the Wadesville Case Study. This entails discussion on the conflict of interest on the part of the school counselor. A look into the suppression of sensitive and vital information by the local free clinic. An overview of the confidentiality policy that--in the case of the students from abusive homes--was actually detrimental towards the process of reporting serious issues to the relevant authorities. The inability of the community leaders in dealing with the issue while also keeping it suppressed from proper public examination due to political and cultural reasons. The involvement by the vice principal of the Police Chief in the investigation, as well as his son, as a lawsuit attorney; a very alarming case of conflicted interest when the chief's grandchildren are students at the school being investigated.

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1. The first ethical issue is that on the part of the school counselor. Taking liberties with the kind of discretionary approach that he is recommending to a matter that is rather serious and of wide-scale magnitude is not the ideal kind of conduct and implies ethical issues on his part (American Psychological Society, 2010). The fact that this situation can also be perceived as a career opportunity for him to exploit does not help the case (School Ethics Commission, n.d.).

2. The second issue is with the arrangement that was agreed upon between the free clinic and the school about keeping the matter discrete. This is rather troubling with regards to the children facing the kind of problems that they are facing, such as STIs, drug addictions, etcetera. Again, given the community culture, this seems like the pragmatic step, but from an ethical standpoint some of these matters are far too serious to keep suppressed simply due to social considerations and a need to shelter the community (Nagy, 2011).

3. The third issue is with how the students were provided absolute ...

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