The second ethical dilemma is that social work practitioners and their clients have different personal values. Despite social workers best efforts to keep their feelings in check and to respect differences, being confronted with situations in which their
Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice The social work profession and its Code of Ethics dictate that social workers must act in the best interest of the client, even when those actions challenge the practitioner’s personal, cultural and religious values. In practice; however, ethical decision-making is more complex than in theory. As helping professionals, social workers are constantly faced with ethical decision-making or ethical dilemmas. As noted by Banks (2005), an ethical dilemma occurs “when a worker is faced with a choice between two equally unwelcome alternatives that may involve a conflict of moral principles, and it is not clear what choice will be the right one” (as cited in McAuliffe & Chenoweth, 2008, p. 43).
An ethical dilemma happens when two or more ethical principles conflict with one another. Ethical dilemmas are problematic situations in which it is not clear which choice will be the right one. The CP is stuck as to what to do next because there is not just one outcome that will satisfy the ethical principles as stated in the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) Code of Ethics (Kirst-Ashman & Hull, 2012). According to the SASW (2017), the core values of social work are embedded in the ethical responsibilities, which are relevant to the professional activities of social workers.
This competency is all about being able to make critical decisions in the case of ethical dilemmas and acting professionally in the work place. Although ethical dilemmas rarely have clear-cut solutions, this competency tells social workers to turn to the NASW code of ethics and supervision for guidance. That is exactly what I did for my "Ethic Paper" which you can find below. For this assignment, I was asked to interview a licensed MSW about an ethical dilemma they faced in their career, how they handled it, and how they came to their decisions. This assignment allowed me to better understand how an ethical dilemma is handled in the real world (as opposed to the many hypothetical situations we discuss in class) and also challenged my interviewing
NASW Code of Ethics (Guide to the Everyday Professional Conduct of Social Workers).Washington, DC: NASW. April 17, 2017. When it approaches ethics, morals, and values, there will not always be one correct answer, but the Code gives a guide to decision making when ethical issues or conflicts do arise.
Anti-oppressive practice focuses on the structural inequalities and places the blame that service users internalize on the structures and systems themselves (Ajandi, 2018). Humanistic and social justice values and ideas shape anti-oppressive practice (Healy, 2015). They address inequalities that affect opportunities of service users, due to the interlocking of social relations and oppression (Burke & Harrison, 2002). AOP aims to identify oppressions and define ways in which social workers can attempt to become anti-oppressive, avoid discomfort, and end oppression to service users (Strega, 2007). It highlights mutual involvement between the social worker and the service user, challenging forms of oppression and inequalities (Burke & Harrison, 2002), and presents the idea that service users do not occupy a “single identity”, but instead have interlocking oppressions that work together to put clients at a social disadvantage (Strega, 2007).
In the social work profession, it is a requirement to have a thorough understanding of ethics and some of the ethical dilemmas that one can face. On my journey as a social work student one of my assignments was specific to ethical dilemmas. The ethical dilemma that I chose to write in this paper about was multiple relationships and violating counselor client boundaries. The class that I wrote this in was HMS 102 which was values of human services. The main topic of the paper focused on the negative effects of sexual relationships.
Moral values are relating to the principles of right conduct or what a person sees as right and wrong. So it is basically what people think is right and wrong. This strongly influences the decisions that they take, considering that a person will do something if it seems wrong. Nonetheless, people still do things that they know are wrong, but most decisions a human being makes are
Ethical dilemmas in policing is a serious concern. It is important for officers of the law to have ethics and morals in order to not be corrupt and then become bias against others. Ethics helps officers know when to use force against citizens and how much is appropriate. As long as people have power and authority over others, they will always be faced with ethical dilemmas.
Two Encountered Dilemmas One ethical dilemma that mental health counselors encounter would be institutional policies against disclosure (Substance Abuse and mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2005). In addition, it is important for counselors to identify their clients. Moreover, counselors may have one legal client, but faced with several ethical clients. Disclosure of information of client’s confidentiality need to be protected by counselors, which can be difficult when information has been court ordered.
One of the rules is to not release any of the client’s information without the clients consent. An issue may arise if the social worker client speaks of hurting themselves or others for this information must be relayed to a third party such as the law enforcement. I realize the fact that there are limited resources it is essential to follow the code of ethics and the systems provided to the social worker. I do understand there may be times when necessary to alter the code of ethics due to accommodating the needs of the client.
In order to be prepared for any future ethical dilemmas in the Social Work profession for others or myself in the profession, I would say having open discussions, role-playing various scenarios, both ethical dilemmas and those that are just uncomfortable, to help understand how to handle and what is an ethical dilemma. Another preparation would be to understand more about oneself, from values and ethics to biases. In the final section of this paper I will be discussing personal views on varying classes of
All human service workers have their own particular inward esteem framework and set of ethics. Conflicts occur within the helping field on an external and internal level. Everybody who works in a human service field, or who manages other individuals in an expert or paraprofessional limit is liable to a code of morals. There are various formal moral codes normally set around expert associations, however now and again by law that apply to individuals’ specifically professional positions. This paper attempts to address issues of consent, conflict of interest, unethical behavior and confidentiality on an internal and external level.
Healthcare ethics involves making well researched and considerate decisions about medical treatments, while taking into consideration a patient's beliefs and wishes regarding all aspects of their health. The healthcare industry has regard for the issues surrounding the welfare of their patients. Doctors, nurses, and other professionals who have the ability to affect a patient's health are all forced to make ethical decisions on a daily basis. I believe the result of ability to pay versus quality of care comes into ethical question in today’s society.
Introduction Professionalism and ethics have been in play for a much longer time in healthcare than in any other industry. Runciman and Walton (2007) critically state that when patients come into a healthcare institution, they enter a unique social relationship. In essence they feel completely vulnerable and care should be taken to ensure that they are more confident within the relationship. They are expected to share and expose themselves in the most intimate way making this relationship the most vital for their own physical, emotional and social health. The importance of professional ethics in healthcare can be found in the Hippocratic Oath and other oaths administered by various medical schools.