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Working With Virginia College & University Students: Ethical and Legal Issues

 

Working with college students can raise important ethical issues
when making  decisions about such things as
client autonomy, confidentiality, and informed consent.
This workshop also looks at some of the ethical issues that can arise
because of Virginia’s current laws.

A.  ETHICAL ISSUES WITH STUDENT THERAPY PATIENTS

Informed Consent

Confidentiality & Its Limits

Ethical/Professional Duties

College/University Policies

Legal Requirements

Responding to Demands for Information from Administrators

Responding to Demands from Parents and Other “Collaterals”

Boundary Issues & Dual Relationships

Financial Complications

Threat Assessment Teams & Other Potential Conflicts of Interest

Ethical-Legal Conflicts

B.  SELECTED VIRGINIA LAWS WITH ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS

1.  Virginia Mandated Reporting Requirements [1]

2.  § 23.1-405 [2] Colleges May Require Admitted or Attending Students to Submit Prior School Records, Including Mental Health Records

3.  § 23.1-1303 [3] Public College Counselors Must Notify Parents if Student is at Risk

4.  § 23.1-805 [4] Establishing Threat Assessment Teams

5.  § 32.1-127.1:03 [5]Health Records Privacy Statute  (Amended every year,)

6.  § 37.2-809 [6]; § 37.2-815 [7]New Standards for Involuntary Civil Commitment to Inpatient Treatment or Mandatory Outpatient Treatment

7.  § 37.2-804.2 [8] For Civil Commitment Proceedings, Providers Records must be Available to Magistrate, Client’s attorney and Guardian ad Litem,  CSB Evaluator, Law Enforcement Officers, and Others  (See § 16.1-337 [9]for minors. )  

8.  § 37.2-818 [10]Potential for Re-Disclosure of Records Following Commitment Order 

9.  § 37.2-817.1 [11] CSB Monitors Compliance with Mandatory Outpatient Commitment

C.  OTHER PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

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 Educational Goals:
1. Name some ethical issues that might arise with college/university students as therapy patients.
2. Describe Virginia laws related to services to college/university students.
3. Describe ethical issues raised by threat assessment teams.