Counseling Suicidal Adolescents Within Family Systems: Ethical Issues

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Major ethical considerations must be taken into account when providing counseling services to suicidal adolescents and their families. This article explores these ethical issues and the American Counseling Association and International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors ethical codes relevant to these issues. Related liability and malpractice information is also discussed, including how counselors can follow professionally accepted standards of care and what must be done to improve client care and decrease the chances of a lawsuit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-68
Number of pages5
JournalThe Family Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • adolescents
  • ethics
  • family counseling
  • malpractice
  • standards of care
  • suicidal clients


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