People from all walks of life face many ethical dilemmas. These dilemmas have consequences. Our worldview determines how we deal with these dilemmas, and guides us to the right decisions. In this essay, I will examine an ethical issues through my Christian worldview. I will also present other viewpoints, and compare them to mine.
Ethical dilemmas occur when there is a disagreement about a situation and all parties involved question how they should behave based on their individual ethical morals. (Newman & Pollnitz, 2005). The dilemma that I will be addressing in this essay involves Michael, recently employed male educator working in the nursery, and parents of a baby enrolled at the centre. The parents have raised concerns about male educators changing their child’s nappy as they have cultural practices that do not allow this practice to take place. This situation is classed as an ethical dilemma as there is a dispute between cultural beliefs and legal requirements within the workplace. There are four parties involved (parents, child, educator and director), all
Forester-Miller and Davis’s (1996) ethical decision-making model suggests that the initial step in resolving an ethical dilemma is to first identify the problem and then clarify the nature of the problem. This entails gathering pertinent information that will help elucidate any potential ethical issues. One important matter to reflect upon is whether this dilemma is ethical, clinical, professional, legal or any combination of the aforementioned categories (Forester-Miller & Davis, 1996). Honing in on the nature of the ethical issue will provide some direction as to which avenues are the most applicable for the given ethical situation.
In Normative Ethics there are three distinct schools of thought, and each differentiate through moral intentions. Consequentialism relies on the consequences of an action in order to distinguish whether or not something is morally acceptable. Deontology considers the morality of an action by one’s reason for doing a certain deed. Lastly, virtue ethics bases morality off of virtuous character, and how a virtuous person would act given a certain predicament. Ultimately, consequentialism provides the most practical explanation for morality due to the notion of providing the best possible result. Contrarily, deontology and virtue ethics do not always provide an individual with the most sensible course of action, and therefore prove to be
What exactly does the term “ethics” mean? When asking this question among several different groups of people, I’m sure all of their answers would be different in many ways, but would all draw the general theme that ethics is somewhat of a study of what is right and what is wrong. This is a mostly correct conclusion, except for the fact that it encompasses not only determining what is right and wrong, but attempting to systemize and defend those ethical positions which one holds. Almost all of the controversial headlines you see in the media today involve some sort of question of ethics. Abortion. Healthcare. (“Should we take money from the rich and give to the poor to pay for medical expenses?”) Gun laws. Euthanasia, etc. The topic I want
For example, taking time to examine interactions and the way in which workers relate to clients, both verbally and nonverbally. To make ethical decisions, in some cases would be wise to involve the client in the process. Corey (2015) Suggests that making decisions for the client instead of with can hurt the working relationship. Additionally, it is suggested that one discusses the ethical issues that pertains to them (the client) as an individual. This not only shows the client that their opinion matters, but displays to communities that help professionals do not exist to control your
There are many different approaches to resolving an ethical dilemma that a professional is experiencing. One method discussed by authors Valutis and Rubin (2016) is, “. . . vast majority of respondents
Ethical codes have been developed so that therapists understand the standards for appropriate behavior and maintaining the welfare of the client. All mental health professionals should be proficient in the acknowledgment of any Code of Ethics as they serve as legal guidelines when ethically questionable circumstances arise. Essential to the principles of counseling, a client’s confidentiality is imperative as a therapist is the receiver of an individual’s thoughts and ideas surrounding the concerns for seeking treatment. Item 2.1 in the AAMFT Code of Ethics states how a therapist would disclose and limits of confidentiality, and in what circumstances that a client’s information would be requested. Additionally, item 2.2 is the
Since my journey here at Bryant began in September, I have changed so much. Coming here, I expected certain things such as my study habits, daily routine and friend group to be altered. One change I was not anticipating making was my approach to ethics. Over the course of the past fifteen weeks, my knowledge of ethics as well as my approach to ethics has changed. I have become more knowledgeable about the different approaches to ethics and have gained insight as to where I stand in my approach to ethics.
There are multiple ethical standards, laws and ethical aspirations that need to be addressed in this case study. First and foremost, Aspirational code of beneficence and nonmaleficence, should be addressed while problem solving this conundrum. WAC 246-924-357 also addresses the steps that the psychologist may need to make when terminating and referring services with this client. It is important to address Standard 3.04, Avoiding Harm. “Psychologists take reasonable steps to avoid harming their clients/patients, students, supervisees, research participants, organizational clients and others with whom they work, and to minimize harm where it is foreseeable and unavoidable” (APA, 2002). In this case study, the client has an executive role in the organization, which the client notes that he can overlook the psychologist contract obligation by working with this client, outside of the organization. This comment can lead to a slippery slope, and demonstrates an initiation of a multiple relationship. It also prevents the clinician from holding true objectivity, which if the psychologist continues to work with this client, could lead to an exploitative relationship.
In everyday situations there are always the questions of what is right and what is wrong. Ethics is the principle that aims to set a standard for individual’s roles, responsibility, societal responsibility and other areas of life. The study of ethics has been around since the time of Greek civilization and it still plays an important in the modern society. Ethics play a huge role in any legal, moral, social and profession setting. It is a standard which uses the moral principles and code of conduct to guide the professional and client (Ponton, 2009). Ethics is defined as a standard for conduct of an individual and it decides how an individual ought to act in various contexts (Law, 2015). In counselling ethics is used to minimise
“Brad is a production engineer at a bicycle company and part of his job includes inspecting broken bikes and drafting the design repairs for their repair” (Bartlett). Brad is considering replacing a broken brake cable with a more durable material, even though the customer did not request it in their order and specifically requested that “No aesthetic changes be made to the bike” (Bartlett). Brad’s manager suggests that his considered actions would go against the company’s policy of “The customer is always right.” Should Brad disobey the manager and the customer to possibly lose his job or go along with
Issues arise about the protection of ethics and legal rights while using the LBS. Thecentral aspect of legal implications and ethical constraints concerns privacy. Privacy entails the independent way that a person has a right to matters that only concern that particular person like where they spend their leisure time. Privacy is protected by law in many democracies and is believed to be a civil right. Cases have arose where the users of LBS felt that it was wrong the fact that their location was always visible to other users who use the service. The users do not wish to be tracked at every time and may raise ethical concern to the logic behind the LBS (Chan and Koo, 2007). Privacy is a vital part ofhumans, and everyone appreciates it if their
Ethics can be dangerous to your career. The danger may come not from your own ethics but from the ethics of people around you and the organization of which you are a part. Employees have various moral decisions to make. Many of these decisions should be made on the basis of our moral obligations, but sometimes the morally preferable action could require courage and be performed beyond the call of duty. One defense against involvement in wrongdoing is vocalizing when there are unethical practices being made. While being prepared for organizational challenges that will inevitably test your personal values, moral beliefs, and commitment may be doing the right thing, is it ethical when one’s job is on the line?
Ethical dilemma (ED) can emanate from any perspective of our lives be in the personal or professional front. An ED is a decision-making problem between two or more undesirable outcomes (Marquis & Huston, 2015). As a case manager (CM), I find myself facing it on a daily basis, due to a responsibility to multiple stakeholders such as the employer, insurance, physician, and of course, the patient’s well-being should be the priority. Below is an example of an ED.