In order for school counselors to make sound ethical decisions, they must understand the importance of three different Acts: HIPAA, FERPA, and IDEA.  School counselors must also understand the importance these three Acts play in their everyday roles in theschools.

Table of ContentsPage 70of 171Use the following websites to assist you with your paper. These websites cannot count as any of your 3 references. You  must  find  professional  textbooks  or  journal  articles.  It  is  recommended  that  you  find  resources  written specifically for counselors/school counselors:•IDEA: http://idea.ed.gov/•HIPAA: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/index.html•FERPA: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.htmlCandidates will write a paper that covers the following:

I. Summarize the key components of HIPAA, FERPA, and IDEA. Include how each Act relates to the ethical and legal rights of students and parents/guardians. (3 pages)II. Compare and contrast HIPAA, FERPA, and IDEA. (1-2 pages)III. Explain why school counselors must understand HIPAA, FERPA, and IDEA. (1-2 pages)The paper must be in APA style and use at least 3 professional references. No abstract is required, but a title page and reference page is mandatory. Use citations in the paper where necessary

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