In the Discussion this week, you will discuss a difficult situation that arises in human service youth and family settings. It is one thing to understand the need for confidentiality and privacy standards; however, it is another to practice using them. After you respond to the main questions, remember to discuss your classmates’ responses with them. As you work through this path problem, remember that you are one week closer to your earning your degree.
You are working as a school counselor and have been working with Kim, a young Asian American third-grade girl who is very shy. Kim refuses to look at adults when she speaks and does not have any friends despite her classmates reporting that she is “very nice.” One afternoon, her brother’s kindergarten teacher rushes into your office and insists that the student has reported that he (Andy) and Kim were “being touched” by their after school babysitter. The children have already left for the day.
1. Define the ethical dilemma in your scenario and include specific information about the laws, regulations, or ethics that were violated in the state where you currently reside?
2. What cultural issues could be impacting Kim’s behavior?
3. What actions are required in this scenario for the teacher, the school counselor and administration? Please explain the reasons why these actions are necessary.
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