Reflection On Ethical Decision Making

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One of those most challenging areas I have experience during my current placement is ethical decision-making. We studied many possible scenarios during our Values, Ethics and Professional Issues class, and discussed the various types of decision-making models to help guide us when having to make difficult decisions. While the class was invaluable, because it helped me identify my own biases, and also shed light on how I have made decisions in the past and how I can possibly make decisions in the future, I knew that having to make real-life decisions would not be so cut and dry. This placement has been challenging for me, because my ongoing assignment with one of my supervisors requires constant ethical decision-making, sometimes even in the …show more content…

However, as we discussed in class, there are so many situations where ethical decision-making occurs, and there are so many factors that influence why we do what we do. Because we work with a multitude people with interesting and diverse lives and backgrounds, and because we come in with our own baggage and experiences that influence how we act and react, we make split-second decisions all the time that can have profound effects on our work and our consumers. Having so many opportunities to look at my own actions, this particular assignment has been so rewarding and interesting for me. This is the first time in any of my assignments where I have been forced to look at how ethics is involved in our …show more content…

Throughout the program, we have practiced routine assignments such as medical, banking, ODSP application appointments, etc. One recurring idea is that during interactions, we can safely assume that “the second utterance [in a conversation] is functionally dependent on the first one” (Nordquist, 2017, para. 1). If one interlocutor asks a question, the other interlocutor will answer with a response that generally makes sense. Another theory I have found challenging is the idea of truthfulness. “traditional pragmatic theories assume that people should seek to be truthful in their speech actions, through adherence to a maxim of quality” (Gibbs & Van Orden, 2012, p.

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