Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Play the Expert
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, please review the following websites, and read the following required articles:
Ethical Decision Making
The Difference Between Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors
To Tell or Not to Tell: The Fine Line Between Minors’ Privacy and Others’ Right to Know
Play the expert in the following scenario and apply ethical decision-making to your rationale and actions. Be mindful of section F in the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors (p. 8):
When faced with an ethical dilemma, school counselors and school counseling program directors/supervisors use an ethical decision-making model such as Solutions to Ethical Problems in Schools (STEPS) (Stone, 2001):
Define the problem emotionally and intellectually
Apply the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors and the law
Consider the students’ chronological and developmental levels
Consider the setting, parental rights and minors’ rights
Apply the ethical principles of beneficence, autonomy, nonmaleficence, loyalty and justice
Determine potential courses of action and their consequences
Evaluate the selected action
Consult
Implement the course of action
You are a school counselor at a rural high school. You have been counseling a student, and he confided in you that one of his friends has recently engaged in sexual relations with one of the teacher’s daughters. (She is a friend of yours.) He does not divulge the name of the other student and refuses to talk any further about the issue.
Address the following:
What ethical considerations must be considered in this situation?
How does confidentiality affect your considerations and actions?
What options might you have to address the situation?
Ethically, since this is hearsay, are you legally obligated to address?
Using appropriate citations and references, explain how the empirical research, theoretical models, and ethical standards presented in the assigned resources suggest the importance of applying ethical decision-making strategies to scenarios such as these.
Guided Response: Review several of your colleagues’ posts and respond to at least three of your peers by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. You are encouraged to post your required replies early each week to stimulate more meaningful and interactive discourse. Consider the following questions when you reply to your peers:
What suggestions do your peers make that are well supported?
Does your peer’s explanation provide a complete and elaborate understanding of decision-making and learning environments?
What clarifications would you recommend?
As the expert, does your peer address the potential problems that you personally might face as a “new recruit”?
What suggestions do you recommend?
Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post. Be sure to also respond to your instructor’s comments to you in this forum by Day 7. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Peer responses may vary in length but should be elaborate, detailed, and thought provoking.

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