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Confidentiality is the most important part of the ethical code. Many times, however, a counselor may have to breach confidentiality. Cultural competence is an ethical imperative which human service professionals must develop and enhance throughout their careers.

  • What are the exceptions to confidentiality?
  • How do you feel about having to breach confidentiality once you have gained your client’s trust?
  • Support your answers with examples from personal experience and the textbook.
  • Describe how human service professionals develop cultural competence.
  • Share what strategies you can use to build knowledge of a cultural group you are unfamiliar with.

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School: UCLA

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There are several exceptions to the idea of confidentiality in counseling. There are the obvious
examples such as if the client is a danger to him/herself or others, however this is not the only
case. Another case where confidentiality is not the end-all be-all is if the client is a minor, there
are occasions when information discussed can be disclosed to the legal guardian of the child.
These are two of the most common but it is worth noting that there are other cases, such as if
there is information that is pivotal t...

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