School Counselors and Nurses: Collaborative Best Practices for Maintaining Confidentiality with Pregnant Adolescents

Lisa Grubbs, Joel H. Muro, Kaitlyn Clements

Abstract


The authors offer a best practices approach regarding pregnant adolescents revealing their circumstance to the school counselor.  The counselor is often caught in a vexing conundrum; wanting to maintain confidentiality with the student and yet in many cases being compelled by the laws of their respective state to report the pregnancy to the student’s parents.  The authors give suggestions about how to partner with a school nurse who can then communicate with the parents, allowing the relationship between counselor and student to remain safe and confidential. 


Keywords


pregnancy, school counseling, school nurse, ethics, confidentiality

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