Ethical practice is an essential aspect of counselor training. In order for counselors to competently work with clients, they must be well versed in ethical codes, ethical decision making, and legal issues impacting the profession. Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor provides the fundamentals of ethical practice, with emphasis on ethical decision making and is structured to facilitate the development of these skills and understanding and applying them. Individuals will be able to incorporate ethical practice into their understanding of the counseling process and integrate ethical decision making models into their counseling practice. This unique approach differs from existing texts because of its strong emphasis on practical decision making and focus on understanding the process of applying a standard ethical decision model to any ethical scenario. Students build a foundation in how to evaluate an ethical situation and feel confident that they have applied a set of decision models to reach the best decision. Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor is part of the SAGE Counseling and Professional Identity Series, which targets specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs). To learn more about each text in the series, please visit



You love your job as a middle school counselor. The kids are changing so rapidly at this stage of development, and you get to be a part of it! Many of them confide in you in ways you never imagined. JoEllen, one of your 8th graders, drops by to tell you she has a new boyfriend. She just turned 14 and is sure he is “the one.” She has known him for years even though he is 16 and in 10th grade. You suspect she is thinking of having sex with him, and when you bring this up, she doesn’t deny it. The age of consent in your state is 15. What should you do?

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