505 U5

In Chapters 8 and 9 of your textbook, you read about ethical and legal issues the human service professional may encounter. The human service professional will encounter ethical dilemmas in their professional career. You have read about how ethical practices are guided by a professional ethical standard. The chapter discusses several professional organizations that have established codes of ethics for the various helping professions. The human service professional ethical standards are guided by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS). Incorporating ethical considerations in the workplace is paramount to the human service professional. Violations can result in disciplinary actions or even dismissal. The human service professional must have a personal constitution which supports and represents the values stated in the NOHS Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals. The ethical standards and state laws should guide your professional practice.

You also read about how the human service professional must maintain boundaries. Establishing and managing appropriate boundaries for the professional allows for good practices. The readings guided you in self-examination and reflection on ethical standards, laws, and appropriate decisions. Recognizing unethical behavior in yourself and your colleagues allows for competence and responsibility.

Please respond to the following:

Discuss an area in which you might be uncertain about your position in an unethical dilemma with a client.
    -What about an unethical encounter with a colleague?
    -Discuss your ambiguities.
    -How might you manage your professional position ethically?

As you also read, dual or multiple relationships are inevitable, pervasive, and unavoidable, and have the potential to be either beneficial or harmful. There is much debate in regards to the human service professional successfully maintaining dual or multiple relationships. What are potential benefits of dual (or multiple) relationships? What are potential unethical threats?

Please remember to cite your work using APA format when referencing from the text or outside resources.

This unit’s reading focuses on exploring how to address unethical behavior and the parameters surrounding confidentiality, informed consent, working in groups, the use of technology in practice, and documentation. You will examine the importance of maintaining clear boundaries, ethical aspects of working in small communities, and various dual and multiple relationship concerns.

Please read the following chapters in your text:

Chapter 8: “Ethical and Legal Issues Facing Helpers”
Chapter 9: “Managing Boundary Issues”

Web Resource

National Organization for Human Services. (2015). Ethical standards for human services professionals. https://www.nationalhumanservices.org/ethical-standards-for-hs-professionals

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