Personal and Ethical Belief System Essay

3474 Words Sep 7th, 2011 14 Pages
Personal Ethical Belief System and Professional Ethics
Cherissa Boyd
BSHS - 332 University of Phoenix
August 15, 2011
David Elkins

Personal Ethical Belief System and Professional Ethics
In the profession of human services, every professional will at some point, include his or her personal ethical standards into his or her work with clients. My personal ethics are a huge part of who I am today, and these beliefs affect every decision I make whether it is personal or professional. I believe a person’s life experiences are what shape his or her personal ethical belief system and professional ethics. A person’s morals determine what is right and what is wrong in his or her life. Everyone is responsible for his or her actions whether
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However, whether it was good or bad, positive or negative, right or wrong, these experiences have shaped my moral and ethical development and made me who I am today. My mother taught me to respect my elders and peers at all times. She also told me not to pre-judge other people. Her saying was, “never judge a book by its cover” (Mama). I never truly understood it until I grew up and began to experience life. She said always be kind, and “never bite the hand that feeds you” (Mama). She never took the time to explain what these saying meant, so I had to learn them the hard way.
I have five sisters and three brothers, of which are African American, and each child is from a different father. I am the only bi-racial child in the family; therefore, everyone mistreated me; I was the outcast. My siblings and their friends called me names like “po white trash,” “banana face,” and “fish.” My siblings used to beat me up quite often, place me in the closet, put dirty socks or underwear in my mouth, and pull my hair because it was longer than theirs was. My childhood was very difficult as I tried to fit into an all black community. I realize it was hard for my siblings and other people to accept me for who I was; therefore making me see the reality that we live in a diverse society, and people should not be judged by the color of their skin. Peeple should be accepted no matter what their culture, religion, race, sex, beliefs, etc.
The maltreatment I received