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Journal of School Counseling, v8 n38 2010

This article provides an analysis of important considerations for documentation for school counselors. Although the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) does not provide a national protocol for documentation of school counseling services, the ASCA Ethical guidelines provide insight into ethical record keeping which protects student confidentiality and aids school counselors in organizing contact data for reporting purposes. This article outlines the various regulatory mandates for student records as well as best practices for school counselors for organizing, maintaining, and destroying counseling records. The relationship between effective record keeping and school counselor accountability is also discussed.

Descriptors: Student Records, Counseling Services, Confidentiality, School Counseling, School Counselors, Accountability, Ethics, Best Practices, Documentation, Recordkeeping, Performance Factors, Counseling Techniques, Information Policy, Information Management

Journal of School Counseling. Montana State University, College of Education, Health and Human Development, P.O. Box 172940, Bozeman, MT 59717. Tel: 406-994-4133; Fax: 406-994-1854; e-mail: ehhddean[at]; Web site:

Author: Wehrman, Joseph D.; Williams, Rhonda; Field, Julaine; Schroeder, Shanna Dahl


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