Ethical Decision

Ethical Decision
As you explored in Week 1, ethical dilemmas are referred to as such because they involve conflicting values and are not easy to resolve. Furthermore, ethical standards and codes do not often give prescriptive advice for specific situations. For these situations, it is useful to employ ethical decision-making models. These models are frameworks that provide sequential steps to guide your research, thinking, and actions regarding dilemmas you may face.
Your course text presents one ethical decision-making model in detail, but it mentions several others. In your current or future roles as a human and social services professional, the organization for which you work may have adopted models they wish you to use, or you may be free to choose your own. As you become more familiar with the models available, you may wish to select models that closely align with your professional values and perspectives. Finally, remember that when you make ethical decisions in your professional practice, clients should be included in this process whenever possible.
For this Assignment, you apply the ethical decision-making model in your course text to a specific event or issue relevant to working within a family system.
To Prepare:
Select a current event or issue related to ethics for human and social services professionals working within a family system. It is not necessary to select an issue for this Assignment that contains cultural elements, although you may if you wish.
Review the “Ethical Decision Making Model” found in Chapter 1 of your course text Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions. Consider how you would apply this model to the event or issue you selected. If your selected issue does contain cultural elements, you may consider applying the transcultural integrative ethical decision-making model discussed in the article “A Transcultural Integrative Model for Ethical Decision Making in Counseling.”
Review the media Peer Consultation in the Learning Resources for an example of using peer consultation to inform ethical decision making.

The concept of trauma encompasses many types of experiences, ranging from natural disasters to violence and war

The concept of trauma encompasses many types of experiences, ranging from natural disasters to violence and war. What they have in common are the results produced in their victims—extreme damage to their psychological functioning and well-being. For this Discussion, you focus on a types of trauma that are the result of witnessing or being subjected to atrocities. These are caused by other humans (as opposed to natural disasters) and may encompass war, individual violent or hate crimes, historical trauma (e.g., treatment of Native Americans), genocide, torture, enslavement or trafficking, racism, and ethnic/religious persecution.
For this Discussion, review the case study in the Weekly Resources. You meet with Pareth again and her mother, and now you return to their case to focus on another aspect, the trauma experienced by Mrs. Ling, Pareth’s mother, in Cambodia. You consider these experiences within the specific case of Mrs. Ling, as well as subsequent issues that other survivors of this horrific ordeal could be faced with after later immigration and how they could be addressed in culturally sensitive ways.
To Prepare:
Review the second part of the case study of Pareth and her mother in the Weekly Resources.
Review the “Cambodian Culture” and the NOHS ethical standards.
Consider what recommendations you could make to Mrs. Ling to help her overcome trauma, while respecting her cultural beliefs and biases. Your recommendations should be as an unlicensed school-based caseworker.