Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Paper


Counselor Education


Victims of abuse experience trauma which affects their academic and social/emotional well being. The purpose of this paper is to examine the prevalence of abuse, to be able to identify signs and symptoms of abuse, and to explore the school counselor’s role ethically in reporting suspected child abuse in addition to their role in providing direct and indirect services to students. Common perpetrators of abuse and physical, emotional/behavioral, and academic warning signs will be discussed. Lastly, school counselors’ ethical responsibilities to respond to child abuse, the importance of confidentiality and informed consent/mandated reporting, how to report to Child Protective Services (CPS), and how to provide various direct and indirect services to meet the needs of all students will be addressed.

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