Case Study: Approaches to Ethical Dilemmas Keisha Edwards BSHS/335 April 28, 2014 Carrie Natale Case Study: Approaches to Ethical Dilemmas Introduction Human service professionals will experience ethical dilemmas while they are carrying out their work. Within the human service field there are publications that will address the ethics of human service work. Human service professionals carry out their work or mission to help people accomplish their goals in life. In the human service field there are ethical guidelines on ethical decision making to resolve the ethical dilemmas that human service professionals face on day to day bases. Ethical dilemmas in the human service profession are complex and it sometimes involves conflicting views and various ways of finding the best solutions.
A code of ethics supplied by a business is a specific kind of policy statement. A properly outlined code is, in effect, a form of legislation within the company required by its employees, with specific agreements for violation of the code. Violation of any organizations Code can cause legal accusations or dismissal from a job. The Ethical Standards of Human Service Professionals provides specific “rules” to follow that will protect the client’s welfare with respect and integrity. With the client’s best interest at heart, the helping professional should begin the relationship by establishing mutually agreed-upon goals, while informing the clients of the limitations of the relationship (Woodside & McClam, 2010).
Analyze the ethical aspects of professional psychology as they relate to mental health professionals. The concept of understanding the ethical aspects of professional psychology and the issues that relates to mental health professional. Each of these codes was used to protect the community while offering guidance to each qualified psychologist on how to service their clients. This critical reason is use to educate each professional psychologist on a more proper ethical conduct. These standards could expand their problem solving, awareness, values and clarification ability.
The moral obligations for individuals within this profession should be within the guidelines of the legal requirements. In essence, the ethical considerations are to help the staff meet a particular standard and allow the professionals to be efficient, fair and competent in their field. These attributes could be similar to some legal regulations in the profession. Ethics and morality in general are subjective and at times open to individual perceptions. There are many external factors that can determine the moral views of an individual.
The Right of Informed Consent is both an ethical and a legal requirement and one which must be woven into our therapeutic process from the beginning. Informed Consent helps us to form a therapeutic alliance with our client by being honest and intentionally advocating for them and with them. This allows us to communicate respectfully and honestly about the process and purpose of the therapy.
Human Service Professionals today must fulfill the numerous roles found inherently within the realm of the helping process and the various responsibilities in order to best serve the needs of the diverse population seeking their assistance. The human service professional has an ethical responsibility to serve the client, the public and society, fellow colleagues, employer, the profession, and self ("Ethical Standards for HS Professionals," n.d.). He/she must maintain an appropriate professional image to the client at all times, be cognizant and aware of the importance of body language and appearance, as well as the cultural and ethical differences of the population she serves. In the helping process the human service professional should be especially aware of his/her personal values, beliefs, prejudices, and stereotypes, and how these might impact a professional relationship in both positive and negative respects. The helping professional must show special care and consideration for the client’s culture and background as important factors when providing the level of care and attention each client deserves and to demonstrate a respect for the encompassing values and beliefs conducive with the personal dimensions of identity relative to each of his/her clients (Murphy 40).
Ethical Concerns When Working With Minors As a future clinical psychologist it is my goal to treat all people with dignity, respect, and an appreciation for who they are. In order to achieve this goal, I will look to the code of conduct and ethical standards that have been established by the American Psychological Association (here after referred to as APA). Having a solid ethical foundation is a necessity in any helping profession. Being able to be an effective helper entails one has the ability to deal with a variety of situations often requiring ethical decision making. One of the best things a psychologist can do for the profession is to understand, implement, and act with the highest ethical standards.
Professional boundaries are intended to set limits and clearly define a safe, therapeutic connection between human service professionals and their clients. For example, in a client /therapeutic professional relationship the professional has the power, as they are the once who possess the knowledge the
During this time, we will set short-term, long-term goals, and process goal to give us the direction of counseling and the purpose. There must be ongoing, meaningful evaluation of its useful purposes. Progress of my clients should be measurable and definable. During my interactions with clients, I must understand their feelings, behavior, and motivations so that I can help clients to identify any negative cognitive and behavioral patterns. As I fulfill my mission as a counselor, the therapeutic process must be given the time to work if the client is to achieve their personal goals and gain the necessary insight into their lives.
Professional Ethics Paper Margaret Simon HCS/478 Health Law and Ethics April 15, 2014 Ann-Marie Peckham Professional Ethics Paper The purpose of this paper is to discuss professional ethics, examine the relationship between laws, ethics, and discuss different ethical theories and principles. Furthermore to discuss how these theories and principles are applied in daily practice. As nurses we are confronted with ethical issues on a daily basis, unfortunately the ethical decision may not always correlate with the laws at hand. It is important a nurse to study and understand the relationship between law and ethics, so to provide the best possible care to patients, while abiding by their moral and values. According to Judson and Harrison (2010), two reasons to study law and ethics is to help health care professionals function in the highest capacity, while providing competent, compassionate care to patients, and to prevent legal issues that can end your profession (p. 3).