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2016 ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors


The ASCA Ethical Standards have changed drastically, but they most definitely are a better guide for our ethical practice as school counselors.  School counselors from across the country have contributed to the changes based on our practice and experience in working with students in the schools.  NMSCA had an Ethics Committee and that Committee contributed to the changes that took place in the Standards.

I know that it is so hard to get to our e-mails on a daily basis because our student’s needs are so great, and it only seems to be getting worse and worse.  We are expected to do more with less… less time and less money.  But we still have a responsibility to our students to serve their needs as best we can.  Our ethics can help guide us in this difficult work.  This blog, along with the resource links is intended to help break down the changes section by section.  Please make sure that you have downloaded your copy of your 2016 ASCA Ethical Standards for Counselors and you have it handy for reference in your office. 


Link to the 2016 ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors:



Link to A Comparison of the 2010 and the 2016 ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors and a Rationale for the Changes:



Take note that there are several sections and a Glossary of Terms that have been added to the Standards.  The sections added are (1) A.3 Comprehensive Data-Informed Program; (2) Bullying, Harassment and Child Abuse; (3) Virtual/Distance School Counseling; (4) School Counselor Administrators/Supervisors; and (4) School Counseling Intern Site Supervisors. Other sections have been renamed, combined or eliminated.

As many of you may know, Carolyn Stone will be back here in New Mexico on November 3, 2017.  As you read this ethics blog and the two documents linked, you may have some ethical dilemmas you want to bring up.  If it’s urgent, I will help you walk through it using section F. Ethical Decision Making.  If you want me to bring it up to Dr. Stone for her to address in her presentation, let me know and I will work with her to see if that is possible.  Email me at nmscaethics@gmail.com.



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