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Statutes of Limitations
Defining and Reporting Abuse
Developed for use with Amish communities, these brochures are great for anyone who needs a basic explanation of what abuse is, how to prevent it, and how to report it.
A Good Counselor
Protecting our Children from Sexual Predators
Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
No more silence
Dale Ingraham with Rebecca Davis
Basyle (Boz) Tchividjiian and Shira M. Berkovits
A Good Counselor
Discuss the rights and responsibilities of the counseling relationship and allow you to choose whether you want them to be your counselor.
Explain what their qualifications are – and are not.
Work with you to determine what you want to accomplish and how you will get there.
Consult with peers and/or have accountability for their actions. Licensed counselors are accountable to their licensing board. If your counselor is not licensed, ask who their supervising agency is.
Recognize where their expertise ends and recommend someone who can help.
Behave in a professional manner.
Be respectful of other counselors.
Exploit a client.
Make promises about how their counseling will work.
Have a formula or easy fix for your problem.
Share what you have told them with others without talking to you about it first (or without sound ethical or legal justification.)
Express interest in or enter a romantic or sexual relationship with a client, nor will they counsel someone with whom they have had such a relationship.
Hug or touch, usually, and certainly not without permission.