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You are a middle school counselor in a public school setting. Susan is a 15-year-old at your school, and she has come to you describing her plan to commit suicide. She tells you but explains that you cannot tell anybody because, if her parents find out, she will be abused. She says she wants to commit suicide because she is being bullied by other girls at the school because for being a lesbian. What ethical, legal, and professional issues are involved in Susan’s case? 1. Compare and contrast the ACA, ASCA, and AACA ethical codes, identifying the differences and similarities. Then, identify those that you are applying to Susan’s case. 2. identify the legal issues involved in Susan’s case. 3. identify other professional, spiritual, and cultural issues that need to be addressed in Susan’s case. Specifically describe the actions that you would take to address all the issues that need to be addressed in order to help Susan, describe how you might integrate biblical principles related to this case and in this secular setting, and describe the impact of your own religious beliefs and values. Your thread is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, and your replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday The ACA, ACA, and AACC have guidelines in regards to confidentiality and suicidal ideation. Per the ASCA Ethical Standards, section A.6 states counselors need to collaborate with all parties involved to identify early warning signs of distress and also to provide a list of community resources and outside agencies for counseling services (ASCA, 2016). Section A.9 states that when there is serious and foreseeable harm to self, the school counselor should inform the parent or appropriate authorities (ASCA, 2016). If the parent does not provide the necessary support, the counselor can make a report to local CPS (ASCA, 2016). Section A.11 states the school counselor needs to report bullying incidents to administration and provide services to the parties involved, but defer discipline to administration (ASCA, 2016). Section A.11 also states that the school counselor needs to be knowledge of laws in regards to reported abuse and neglect, recognize signs of abuse and neglect, report suspected abuse and/or neglect cases to the proper authorities, and to take reasonable precautions to protect the privacy of the suspected abused/neglected student (ASCA, 2016). Per the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) code of ethics, section 1-430 states the counselor understands limits in confidentiality and will take appropriate action, including disclosing confidential information if the client threat harm to themselves or others (AACC, 2014). The counselor needs to take action when there has been suicidal ideation or threat of harm against them or a clearly identified third party, which would include bullying and child abuse (AACC, 2014). Counselors should attempt to defuse the situation or take preventive action by appropriate and available means (AACC, 2014). The proper authorities, such as law

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