Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

Educational Studies

First Advisor

Joshua Gold

Abstract

As school counselors are at a heightened risk for facing litigation, it is imperative that they are appropriately trained to effectively respond to legal and ethical issues they may encounter in their daily work. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effects of stand-alone courses and infused curricula on middle school counselors’ selfdescribed preparedness to effectively respond to legal and ethical dilemmas. Data was collected from middle school counselors in South Carolina by using an electronic survey. The researcher used the Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Self-Efficacy Scale as the instrument to determine their preparedness to respond to legal and ethical issues. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. The results of this study may help counselor educators advocate for curriculum changes that best meet the legal and ethical training needs of their graduate students. .

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