Ethical Decision Making : Ethical Decisions

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Ethical Decision-Making
The first step in the CPA (2000) ethical decision-making model is identification of the individuals and groups potentially affected by the decision. In the ethical scenario I presented earlier, the individuals directly involved and likely to be most affected by the decision include the 54-year old woman and myself as the counsellor. Those who will likely be indirectly affected by the decision would be the woman’s family, including her 20-year old daughter, and the agency at which I work.
Step two in the ethical decision-making model (CPA, 2000) asks that psychologists identify ethically relevant issues and practices, which I have highlighted in relation to the presented scenario, as outlined in Table 1. Through laying out the various principles and standards that apply to this scenario, according to the CPA code of ethics (2000), I was able to identify the existence of conflict between respecting the woman’s desire to receive online counselling (Principle I) and not knowing whether online counselling intervention would effectively support her without causing harm (Principle II). However, it is also important that I adhere to Principle II and provide online support if the woman does not find it acceptable, within her culture and due to living in a remote location, to seek face-to-face counselling services. In order to minimize the negative impact of bias on decision-making, I will engage in step three of the CPA (2000) decision-making model and
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