CEFS 501 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling

This course introduces students to concepts regarding ethical and legal issues encountered by licensed professional counselors and marriage and family therapists, including ethical principles, professional codes of ethics, identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas, ethical decision-making models, and legalities of the profession. Current issues in therapeutic practice in a variety of professional settings are explored.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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Developing excellence in the field of professional counseling requires a thorough understanding of current professional, ethical, and legal issues related to counselors functioning in a variety of settings. A focus on learning how to systematically evaluate ethical issues from both a biblical and clinical perspective is critical and will enable the student to develop a solid foundation for facing the complex and challenging ethical issues that await him/her in the field of counseling.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in an online format, with Canvas® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course.

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

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Video Discussions (2)

For Video Discussions, the student will create and upload a 3–5-minute video in response to the prompt. Each video must demonstrate course related knowledge and assertions must be supported by at least one outside scholarly resource. The student will reply to a peer or a question posted by the professor in a 2–3-minute video. Reply must be supported by at least 1 scholarly resource. (CLOs: A, B, C, E, G, H)

Attitudes and Beliefs Reflection Paper Assignment

The student will complete a self-reflective paper evaluating their responses from the Attitudes and Beliefs Inventory. The paper should be 5 – 7pages, (excluding title page, abstract, and reference page), written in APA format, including a title page, abstract, introduction, body, conclusion, and references. The paper should be well thought out and demonstrate critical thinking, self-evaluation, and practical application. (CLOs: A, B, D, F, H)

Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.

Ethical Vignette Paper Assignment

The student will view the ethical vignette that discusses relevant topics to the counseling field. After watching the vignette in the assigned module, the student will write a 3-5-page paper. The paper must include at least 4 references and be in current APA format. (CLOs: A, B, E, G)

Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.

Spiritual Integration Video Blog Assignment

The student will complete a self-reflective video blog evaluating the interaction between their personal or spiritual beliefs and
counseling professional values. The video blog should be 5-6 minutes in length, APA format, and must include at least three
scholarly resources.(CLOs: A, H)

Ethical Dilemma Presentation Assignment

The student will review the ACA ethical decision-making model and apply it to a case. The presentation should be approximately 10-15 slides (excluding title slide, reference slide), written in APA format and must include at least 6-8 references. (CLOs: A, B, E, G)

Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool. 

Quizzes (17)

There are 17 quizzes that cover the reading and study material for each assigned module/week. Each quiz consists of 10
multiple-choice questions. 16 quizzes will have a time limit of 20 minutes and will be open-book/open-notes. The Professional
Values quiz have a time limit of 60 minutes and will be open-book/open-notes. Students will have one allowed attempt for each

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