Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling

Course Details

Course Number: COUN 5303  Section Number: 80

Fall 2011

Location: Museum of Art

Days & Times: Mondays: 5:30-8:20 p.m.

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MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Judith Elaine Beechler LPCS, NCC   
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Course Objectives
  • To develop an understanding of the ethical principles involved in a helping relationship
  • To be able to recognize counselor behavior that is unethical in nature
  • To demonstrate a working knowledge of counselor ethical behavior through discussion, role play, and group assignments
  •          The ethical standards of professional organizations and credentialing bodies, applications of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling

             Professional credentialing, including certification, licensure, accreditation practices and standards, and the effects of public policy on these issues.

             Students will learn the difference between broad universal ethical principles and culture specific principles. 

    Case studies presenting ethical dilemmas will be an important part of the course content to enable students to develop a problem solving model for making ethical choices, along with classroom discussion and role play.

     

 


Course Expectations

Attendance and Participation                         150 pts. (10 pts. Each class meeting)

Term Paper.                                                     100 pts

Midterm                                                          100 pts.

Final Examination                                           100 pts.

Group Project                                                  100 pts.

 


Grading Standards

Attendance and Participation                         150 pts. (10 pts. Each class meeting)

Term Paper.                                                     100 pts

Midterm                                                          100 pts.

Final Examination                                           100 pts.

Group Project                                                  100 pts.

 

600-500 = A

499-399 = B

398-348 = C

347-298 = D

297 and Below = F    

 

Grading Policy:

Students are expected to come to classroom having read the assignments ahead, being ready to enter into discussion and the learning process.  Attendance is mandatory, with excused absences being the exception rather than the accepted rule.  Three (3) unexcused absences will resulting in an automatic lowering of the final grade by one (1) letter.  Thereafter, any subsequent two (2) absences will result in another lowering the final grade, etc. Any excused absence will be approved by the instructor and must be requested in writing either prior to the classroom meeting, or immediately after.                              

 


Final Exam12/5/2011  

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper PolicyLate assignments are not accepted except by permission of the instructor

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance RequirementsAttendance is mandatory

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.