Human services professionals are often faced with ethical dilemmas as they balance client needs with the rules and regulations of organizations and systems. To help maintain this delicate balance and guide practice decisions, professionals must follow codes of ethical conduct. For this Discussion, review the media program “Barbara—The Human Services Professional: Chapter 4,” and reflect on how you, as the human services professional, might address the ethical conflict portrayed.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post a brief description of an ethical conflict that the human services professional in the media presentation is facing. Explain why it is an ethical conflict and how you would address it if you were in this professional’s role. Then, support your post by identifying a code of ethics that justifies your position. (Refer to this week’s Learning Resources for links to ethical codes.)
Reid Mandell, B., & Schram, B. (2012). An introduction to human services: Policy and practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.
· Review Chapter 5, “Values and Ethical Dilemmas” (pp. 137–170)
This chapter examines ethical conflicts that human services professionals often encounter. It also provides guidance on maintaining your values and practicing ethically.
Midkiff, D. M., & Wyatt, W. J. (2008). Ethical issues in the provision of online mental health services (Etherapy). Journal of Technology in Human Services, 26(2/4), 310–332.