Collaborating With Human Services Professionals

For this assignment, review the collaboration scenarios in the presentations Collaboration Mental Health Counselor Scatter desk in this unit’s study, and select one of the scenarios.
Complete the following for the scenario you selected:
• Describe how and with whom each of the professionals might collaborate to respond to legal or ethical issues described in the scenario. How does the quality of the interaction impact the service provided to the clients or students?
• Describe the role and function each professional would serve in terms of assessing or responding to any of the legal or ethical issues that may arise when working with this client or student.
• Imagine that you are the counselor working with this student or client, and you will be serving as the lead person to coordinate efforts among the team of professionals at this setting.

? What are some ways in which you might initiate collaboration efforts to resolve the legal and ethical issues?
? What methods will you use to communicate?
? How will you know if these strategies are effective?
• Include in your response references to at least two specific state laws and two specific codes from the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics that relate to your case.
• Develop an effective communication to one of the professionals assisting your client:
? For the student in the school counselor scenario: Compose a letter that you would send, with the student’s and his or her parents’ permission, to the school psychologist who will be seeing the student for an evaluation. In the letter, describe the reason for your referral, the relevant information you would like the psychologist to have about the student, and the information you would like to receive after the evaluation is completed. (You may need to make up some of the details about the student and your work with him.)
? For the client in the mental health counselor scenario: You and the client agree she would meet with a new psychiatrist for an evaluation. Compose a letter that you would send, with the client’s permission, to the psychiatrist. In the letter, describe the reason for your referral, the relevant information you would like the psychiatrist to have about the client, and the information you would like to receive after the evaluation is completed.

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