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    South Middle School Counseling Mission Statement:

     

    The mission of the South Middle School counseling office is to promote the student expectations, as well as provide a school counseling program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature.  The Program will also be aligned with the American School Counselor's Association National Model, as well as the West Virginia School Counseling Program and strive to ensure that all counseling programs and interventions will enhance the academic, career, and personal/social development of every student at South Middle School.

  • Confidentiality

     

    American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Position:
    A school counselor, who is in a counseling relationship with a student, has an ethical and legal obligation to keep information contained within that relationship. Confidentiality is the ethical and legal term ascribed to the information communicated within the counseling relationship, and it must be maintained unless keeping that information confidential leads to foreseeable harm. “Serious and foreseeable harm is different for each minor in the school setting and is determined by students’ developmental and chronological age, the setting, parental rights and the nature of harm” (ASCA, 2016, A.2.e).
     
    Exceptions to confidentiality exist, and students should be informed when situations arise in which school counselors have an ethical and legal responsibility to disclose information obtained in counseling relationships to others, in order to protect students, themselves or other individuals.   
     

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