Ethical Dilemmas : An Ethical Dilemma

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An ethical dilemma, “is a circumstance which occurs only when two or more social work values are in conflict” (Murphy, 1997). Ethical dilemmas as presented to professionals on a daily basis and never is there one that is similar to another or that can be handled in the same way because each individual and situation is different. This case presents an ethical dilemma in which the adolescent has stated that he is growing an illegal substance in his own backyard with plans to distribute as well as for his own recreational use. The minors’ disclosure brings up many questions of legal matters and confidentiality. What he reports that he is going to do have many illegal consequences that could get him into a lot of trouble or possible danger.…show more content…
At the start of a new therapeutic relationship the client should be informed of how the information the client uses will be shared and when it would need to be disclosed (Behnke & Warner, 2002). This will avoid any issues or concerns from the client in regards to the information they provide during a session. Any information from a client should not be disclosed, except for certain circumstances, such as harm to themselves or others and only if it is beneficial to the client (Linzer, 1999). This type of information should not be taken lightly due to the chance of potential harm being done and no action being taken. Confidentiality also holds four premises, the first being that individuals are able to have their own secrets; the second is that they are able to have these secrets while also being able to share them with others (Linzer, 1999). The third premise is that an agreement to keep discretion creates a mutual respect between the individuals whether it is the therapist or someone else with whom they are confiding in and lastly the fourth premise allows the professionals to guarantee the clients confidentiality and allows the individual some comfort in disclosing their information in a session (Linzer, 1999). Individuals seek counseling because they do not feel as if they
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