Weighing The Ethical Dilemma Of Mark

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Case Study Weighing the Ethical Dilemma of Mark Section 1- Weighing the Ethical Dilemma Introduction In regards to the case of Mark, I will present the scenario, address the ethical principle(s) that are risk, analyze the ethical- legal aspects, present codes of ethics questioned, and encounter the ethical issue(s) and finally give my commentary on the case study of Mark. Case Scenario: Mark is a counselor in the inner city of Toledo, Ohio. He has his own private practice where for four days a week he gives service to low-income clients. Often, he will not charge the clients because he knows they are unable to pay. For those who do have insurance sometimes he will waiver their co-payment. His charges for these services are $55. On Fridays, he works in a more upscale part of town and chares an hourly rate of $125 for his services. For these clients he shows no impartiality. In fact, should a client not pay for his service, he will send their account to a collection agency. It is a challenge to determine the appropriate course to take with this difficult ethical dilemma. Kitchener (1984) identified moral principles that a counselor is asked to confront. The five principles, autonomy, justice, benefiance, nonmaleficence, and fidelity are the principles which will give a guidelines and help clarify the issue given in the case of Mark. Autonomy addresses the individuals’ right to freedom of choice and the responsibility of the counselor to encourage clients to make their own decisions and act on their values. Nonmaleficence is the concept of not causing harm to others. Justice means not treating every one the same. And finally, the principle of fidelity which involves loyalty, faithfulness and honoring commitments. When investigating an ethical dilemma, ask yourself if any of the principles relate to the case. Once you decide which principle may apply then, you
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