2. Parents/Guardians and Confidentiality
Professional school counselors:
a. Inform parents/guardians of the school counselor’s role to include the confidential nature of the counseling relationship between the counselor and student.
b. Recognize that working with minors in a school setting requires school counselors to collaborate with students’ parents/guardians to the extent possible.
c. Respect the confidentiality of parents/guardians to the extent that is reasonable to protect the best interest of the student being coun- seled.
d. Provide parents/guardians with accurate, comprehensive and rele- vant information in an objective and caring manner, as is appropri- ate and consistent with ethical responsibilities to the student.
e. Make reasonable efforts to honor the wishes of parents/guardians concerning information regarding the student unless a court order expressly forbids the involvement of a parent(s). In cases of divorce or separation, school counselors exercise a good-faith effort to keep both parents informed, maintaining focus on the student and avoid- ing supporting one parent over another in divorce proceedings.