In this activity, you will discuss potential ethical issues that may arise in addressing the need in your community or organization. You will consider whether there are situations that could stand in the way of maintaining your commitment to service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competent practice. Finally, you will consider how you will use supervision to resolve potential ethical conflicts.
Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:
- Use inter-professional collaboration to achieve beneficial macro practice outcomes. (PO 8)
- Textbook: Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities
Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities presents a systematic ethical decision-making model. Ethical decision making involves:
- recognizing the problem
- examining variables of the dilemma
- getting feedback from others, including your supervisor
- defining the values impacting the dilemma
- evaluating the dilemma
- assessing the alternatives
- weighing the pros and cons of alternatives
- making a decision
Supervision does not always provide clear answers. However, the process of systematically evaluating and ethical dilemma and talking it through with your social work supervisor and other colleagues may lead you to an acceptable resolution.