Seeking Consultation

James C. Raines and Nic T. Dibble

in Ethical Decision Making in School Mental Health

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199735853
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863457 | DOI:

Series: SSWAA Workshop Series

Seeking Consultation

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There are three kinds of consultation that practitioners should seek prior to making an ethical decision. Ethical consultation occurs best as part of a regularly scheduled, on-going relationship aimed at the growth of the consultee. Clinical consultation is important to determine deficient clinical skills; help with complex client problems; find more effective interventions; support the practitioner threatened with job loss, malpractice suit, or revocation of licensure; and manage clinical concerns such as cultural sensitivity or developmental issues. Legal consultation is important when considering a breach in confidentiality, complying with a subpoena, or determining the legal rights of minors. Legal consultants should be knowledgeable about constitutional law; federal statutes such as FERPA, IDEA, and NCLB; state statutes, administrative regulations, and relevant case law. Finally, pupil services providers should know the guidelines for civil disobedience when ethical obligations and legal duties conflict.

Keywords: case law; civil disobedience; clinical consultation; constitutional law; ethical consultation; FERPA; IDEA; legal consultation; Rehabilitation Act

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