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). In addition, ethical
The NFPA does not support the unauthorized practice of law. However, NFPA provides its member with information and changes in the ethics rules and regulations. In 1986, the NFPA has worked with the American Bar Association and others to develop a consensus on the issue of paralegal education. However, the reason there should be a paralegal model code of ethics, so a paralegal can perform their duties that is governed by specific canons. The Canons of ethics is adopted by the National Association of legal assistants.
Connecting these two excerpts they are about responsibility and knowledge of one’s choice. There are certain repercussions that cannot be anticipated. They both help to clarify, make an informed decision. What one person does is not just for one person it can affect a lot of
In general, ethnocentrism has been described as an individual psychological disposition which has both positive and negative outcomes. On the one hand, ethnocentrism serves as an antecedent towards “willingness to sacrifice for one’s central group” and help in constructing and maintaining one’s cultural identity. On the other hand, ethnocentrism leads to misunderstanding, viewing their cultural way of living as “natural” and what is going on in other cultures as
In the case of the multiple relationships, there are risks of harming the client. In the place where multiple relationships cannot be avoided the client should ensure the necessary steps to protect the client (Cohon, 2018). Which elements of the code might be the most difficult for you to adhere to? Why? Multiple relationships are a difficult code to adhere to.
Sometimes moral paradoxes are called moral philosophy, moral dilemmas are often called in an attempt to refute or improve an ethical system or moral law to solve the paradox (1) • To deal with an ethical dilemma : 1. Recognition of the an ethical dilemma situation • Identifying the problem is not as easy as it sounds • Ethical problems arise where moral values, principles or imperatives clash 2. Break the dilemma in component parts. Immediately when the problem is discovered, the next step is to collect and identify important information and ethical aspects of the
Moralists like Nietzsche, Santayana, and Russell claim ethical values as personal deliberations rather than general perception. But John Ziman, former chairman of the Council for Science and Society, interprets ethics as a way of dealing with different opinions forming when traditional values are faced with new realities. In a static society, values are usually codified by religion or tradition. Wars, invasions, new culture or religion prompt the evaluation of traditional values. French and
What is Situation Ethics? Situation Ethics was popularized by Joseph Fletcher around 1960s to 1970s. It claims that the morality of an act depends on the context rather than absolute moral standards. The situation is defined as “…the relative weight of the ends and means and motives and consequences all taken together, as weighed by love” In short, the absolute truth in Situation Ethics is “love”. Furthermore, if there is a right or wrong, it would be determined based on the desired result of the situation.
From a cognitive-behavioral perspective, psychological obstructions subsist because of an amalgamation of maladaptive beliefs about self and others, contextual and environmental factors may reinforce problematic behavior and/or undermine effective functioning, and skill deficits may preclude adaptation. Remember, when evaluating effective functioning, one must look at the client’s motivation, aptitude, biological make-up, and their environment to approach the client’s issues holistically. However, one must look at the holistic approach through the sum of the parts by examining the parts themselves. This may sound contradictory to the idea of holism, but it is not because everything is