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Liberty University Gamblers Anonymous Ethical Dilemmas Questions

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I’m trying to learn for my Writing class and I’m stuck. Can you help?

Please pick one of the APPROVED Topics from the file (Approved Topics) below to write about.

The paper can be NO MORE THAN 6 pages. NOT TO INCLUDE TITLE PAGE.

Write the paper in APA Format.

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ETHICAL DILEMMA PAPER GRADING RUBRIC Criteria Content 70% 231 points Content Levels of Achievement Advanced 90-100% (A) Proficient 70-89% (B-C) Developing 1-69% (< D) Not present 208 to 231 points The paper exceeds content requirements: Text is written in a coherent, succinct manner. Points are presented with exceptional logic and insight. Points are supported by proper use of references (in text citations present where necessary). Content is relevant in regards to—and sufficiently fulfills— assignment requirements: • The paper identifies the ethical dilemma. • The paper identifies who is involved in the ethical dilemma. • The paper identifies whom the dilemma impacted (or could potentially impact) and how. • The paper describes the competing values present in the dilemma from the list of 6 social work values in the NASW Code of Ethics. • The paper describes the student’s first “gut” solution to the problem. 162 to 207 points 1 to 161 points 0 points The paper meets content requirements: Text is written in a coherent, succinct manner. Points are presented with exceptional logic and insight. Points are supported by proper use of references (in text citations present where necessary). Content is relevant in regards to—and sufficiently fulfills— assignment requirements: • The paper identifies the ethical dilemma. • The paper identifies who is involved in the ethical dilemma. • The paper identifies whom the dilemma impacted (or could potentially impact) and how. • The paper describes the competing values present in the dilemma from the list of 6 social work values in the NASW Code of Ethics. • The paper describes the student’s first “gut” solution to the problem. The paper meets some of the content requirements: Text is written in a coherent, succinct manner. Points are presented with exceptional logic and insight. Points are supported by proper use of references (in text citations present where necessary). Content is relevant in regards to— and sufficiently fulfills— assignment requirements: • The paper identifies the ethical dilemma. • The paper identifies who is involved in the ethical dilemma. • The paper identifies whom the dilemma impacted (or could potentially impact) and how. • The paper describes the competing values present in the dilemma from the list of 6 social work values in the NASW Code of Ethics. • The paper describes the student’s first “gut” solution to the problem. • The paper uses the morality framework (Step 1). Not present. • • • • Structure 30% 99 points APA Format Grammar/ Punctuatio n/Spelling Organizati on The paper uses the morality framework (Step 1). The paper uses the morality framework (Step 2). The paper describes at least 2 alternative solutions and provides a rationale for each. At least 1 of the solutions must reflect a biblical worldview, and this solution must be supported with Scripture. • • • • The paper uses the morality framework (Step 1). The paper uses the morality framework (Step 2). The paper describes at least 2 alternative solutions and provides a rationale for each. At least 1 of the solutions must reflect a biblical worldview, and this solution must be supported with Scripture. Assignment is of proper length. Assignment is of proper length. Advanced 90-100% (A) Proficient 70-89% (B-C) • • • The paper uses the morality framework (Step 2). The paper describes at least 2 alternative solutions and provides a rationale for each. At least 1 of the solutions must reflect a biblical worldview, and this solution must be supported with Scripture. Assignment is of proper length. Developing 1-69% (< D) Not present 30 to 33 points The paper exceeds structure requirements: -Follows proper APA format, doubled spaced, and 12pt. Times New Roman font 23 to 29 points The paper meets structure requirements: -Follows proper APA format, doubled spaced, and 12pt. Times New Roman font 1 to 22 points The paper meets some of the structure requirements: -Follows proper APA format, doubled spaced, and 12pt. Times New Roman font 0 points Not present. 30 to 33 points The paper exceeds structure requirements: -Free from misspelled words, run on sentences, and uses correct punctuation 30 to 33 points The paper exceeds organization requirements: -Ideas and arguments are understandable - The paper is organized (introduction, supporting paragraphs, conclusion) 23 to 29 points The paper meets structure requirements: -Free from misspelled words, run on sentences, and uses correct punctuation 23 to 29 points The paper meets organization requirements: -Ideas and arguments are understandable - The paper is organized (introduction, supporting paragraphs, conclusion) 1 to 22 points The paper meets some of the structure requirements: -Free from misspelled words, run on sentences, and uses correct punctuation 1 to 22 points The paper meets some of the organization requirements: -Ideas and arguments are understandable - The paper is organized (introduction, supporting paragraphs, conclusion) 0 points Not present. 0 points Not present. -Proper use transition statements when moving from one idea to the next -The paper flows well -Proper use transition statements when moving from one idea to the next -The paper flows well -Proper use transition statements when moving from one idea to the next -The paper flows well SOWK 270 ETHICAL DILEMMA PAPER INSTRUCTIONS You will write an analytic paper integrating various sources of knowledge: the textbook, the Bible, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics from your discipline. The paper must be no longer than 6 pages (not including the title page and reference page). There is no need to include an abstract in the paper. You will identify a social-work-related scenario from the list provided that poses an ethical dilemma. You will define the dilemma and identify the competing values present in the dilemma. You are to provide your first “gut” solution to the problem. You are to analyze the problem according to the model provided in the textbook while incorporating the additional sources of knowledge. You are to critically evaluate the potential choices and provide a rationale for each. You are to discuss how you could use supervision and consultation as a resource when evaluating potential choices. One of the choices needs to be a principled solution that reflects a biblical worldview. You will re-evaluate your “gut” response in light of this process. This paper assesses learning outcomes 1–8. The paper must be written in current APA format. The paper must align with the following guidelines: 1. Describe the ethical dilemma. • Describe the ethical dilemma in your own words. • Who is involved in the ethical dilemma? • What are the competing values present in the dilemma?” • Whom does the dilemma impact (or whom could it potentially impact) and how? • Describe the competing values present in the dilemma from the list of 6 social work values in the NASW Code of Ethics. How do the values present in the dilemma compete with each other? 2. Describe your first “gut” solution to the problem. 3. Use the morality framework (Step 1, #1–10 and Step 2) on pages 41–46 to analyze the ethical dilemma. Please number the steps in your paper. If any of the steps are not applicable to your situation, please note this in your paper. • Critically evaluate the potential choices and provide a rationale for each. • Discuss how you could use supervision and consultation as a resource when evaluating potential choices. One of the choices needs to be a principled solution that reflects a biblical worldview. Page 1 of 2 SOWK 270 4. Re-evaluate your initial “gut” solution. • Describe at least 2 alternative solutions and provide a rationale for each. At least 1 of the solutions must reflect a biblical worldview, and you must support this solution with scripture. • Discuss how you could use supervision and consultation as a resource when evaluating the potential solutions. o What would be the benefit in talking with your supervisor about this dilemma? How would you approach your supervisor about this situation? o Are there others who would be appropriate to consult about this particular situation? If so, who and how do you think they could be of assistance to you? o What additional resources could you examine (e.g. agency policy, State or federal laws, etc.) to assist you in evaluating the potential solutions? This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 5. Page 2 of 2 SOWK 270 APPROVED TOPICS FOR THE ETHICAL DILEMMA PAPER Ethical Dilemma #1 Ivy T. is a member of a private group practice. She provides weekly counseling to Donald M., a forty-one-year-old who is distressed about problems in his marriage. According to Donald M., for about a year his wife has been “hostile and distant…she barely talks to me anymore. I just don’t know what happened to us.” During one therapy session, Donald M. becomes unusually upset and agitated. He tells Ivy T. that, two days earlier, he found out that his wife is having an affair with another man. Donald M. talks in length about how he feels enraged and betrayed. Toward the end of the session, Donald M. blurts out, “I might regret it later, but I think I’m going to kill that guy.” In the brief time remaining in their session, Ivy T. asks Donald M. specific questions about his wish to harm his wife’s alleged lover. By the end of the session, Ivy T. is unsure whether Donald M. actually intends to assault the man who was apparently involved with his wife. Ethical Dilemma #2 Alan is a social worker at the Columbia Family Service Agency. He provides marriage counseling to Peter and Doris. The couple began counseling when Doris told Peter that she was thinking about asking for a divorce. Both Peter and Doris agree that Peter has a serious gambling problem. The couple is in financial trouble as a result of the gambling, and Doris recently said, “I just can’t take it anymore. Either Peter gets some help and stops this gambling, or we’re through. I’ve had it.” Peter is involved in a local chapter of Gamblers Anonymous (GA) and talks in the couple’s sessions with Alan about how valuable GA has been and how relieved he is that he stopped gambling. One afternoon, Peter calls Alan and tells Alan that he needs to talk to him privately. At their meeting the next day, Peter informs Alan that he has been lying about going to GA, that his gambling problem is worse than ever, and that he is feeling desperate. Peter asks Alan for help and pleads with Alan to not tell his wife about his lying. Ethical Dilemma #3 Bev is a caseworker with the Cheswolde Family Service Agency. She is providing counseling services to Nina, who sought Bev’s help because of problems her nine-year-old son, Bobby, is having in school. According to his teacher, Bobby seems “depressed and easily distracted” and is having difficulty completing classroom projects. After two months, Bev also begins providing counseling to Nina, who says she is feeling “overwhelmed with anxiety.” Nina is divorced from Bobby’s father, Ron. Nina and Ron are in the middle of a custody dispute. One day, Bev receives a subpoena to appear in court to testify in the court proceedings. Ron’s attorney subpoenaed Bev in order to ask her questions about Nina’s mental health and her ability to care for Bobby. Nina does not want Bev to testify or disclose what she has shared in confidential therapy sessions. Page 1 of 6 SOWK 270 Ethical Dilemma #4 Jeff is a social worker at the Harborplace Youth Guidance Center. The center provides counseling and related services to troubled children, adolescents, and their families. One of Jeff’s clients is a sixteen-year-old high school student, Allan. Allan was referred to Jeff by the school guidance counselor because Allan’s grades were dropping steadily, he missed many school days, and according to one of Allen’s teachers, he “seemed out of it.” After several counseling sessions, Allen admits to Jeff that he is having a serious problem with cocaine. Allan admits that he has been addicted to cocaine for several months, after being introduced to the drug at a friend’s party. Jeff receives a telephone call from Allen’s parents. They ask Jeff about his impressions of their son’s problems. They want to know whether Jeff has learned why Allen is having difficulty in school. Ethical Dilemma #5 Marcia is a social worker at Owings Mills General Hospital. She is assigned primarily to the hospital’s medical surgery unit, where she works with cancer patients and their families. One patient is a sixty-eight-year-old man, Michael, who was admitted for exploratory surgery of his abdomen. Michael is frail, and described by his attending physician as “emotionally fragile.” One afternoon, Marcia is approached by Michael’s daughter, Ellen. Ellen tells Marcia that her father’s physician has just informed her that the lab report from the exploratory surgery shows that her father has terminal cancer. Ellen says that she and the family are “in shock…we never imagined he was this sick. We just can’t tell him his life will be over soon. He can’t handle it.” Ellen then says to Marcia that she and the rest of the family have decided that they do not want the hospital staff to tell the father about the terminal nature of his cancer once he recovers from the anesthesia. Ellen says she wants Marcia to help her explain this to the attending physician involved in her father’s case. Ethical Dilemma #6 Alma is a social worker at the Gwynn Oak Nursing Home. All the nursing home’s residents are elderly or seriously disabled. Alma’s position includes a variety of responsibilities, such as individual casework, counseling, and facilitating “reminiscence groups.” Alma has spent considerable time with one particular resident, Richard. As a seventyseven-year-old, Richard has lived at Gwynn Oak for the last three years. He moved to Gwyn Oak following a massive heart attack that left him seriously disabled. During a recent conversation, Richard tells Alma that he is involved in a sexual relationship with another Gwynn Oak resident, Barbara, a seventy-one-year-old that has been at the nursing home for the last year. Richard tells Alma that he knows residents are not permitted to have sexual contact with one another, but he explains that he and Barbara have become close friends and “it’s no one’s business but our own what we do with each other.” Richard concludes the conversation with Alma by saying “I know I can trust you with this.” Page 2 of 6 SOWK 270 Ethical Dilemma #7 A school social worker provides services to a 12-year-old boy. The boy’s mother tells the social worker that the boy seems to be struggling with sexual orientation issues. The mother asks the social worker to keep this information confidential. One week later, the principal stops by the social worker’s office and mentions that she has received a complaint from another student that the social worker’s client harassed the other student. The principal wants to know “what was going on” with the social worker’s client and asks to see the social worker’s notes. The social worker explains that she is not allowed to disclose confidential information without the mother’s consent. The principal insists that the social worker share whatever relevant information she has about her client. Ethical Dilemma #8 A clinical social worker, contracting with the local school system, began seeing a nineyear-old boy referred by his school counselor for concern about his classroom behavior and academic performance. The social worker met with the boy and his mother, a single parent. She then began meeting with the boy weekly, collaborated with his teacher to develop a behavior management strategy, and referred him to a local psychiatrist for possible medication for depression. The boy showed considerable improvement after about 6 weeks of intervention. After a few weeks, the boy’s mother asks to meet with the social worker to discuss issues she is struggling with, including her ongoing substance abuse. The mother and social worker meet weekly for about 2 ½ months. At that time, the mother decides to share a secret with the social worker. She informs the social worker that she and her son have been living under assumed names because she fears her soon-to-be-ex-husband will find her and continue to emotionally abuse her. The mother is not supposed to leave the court’s jurisdiction without permission while the divorce and custody dispute are pending. The mother tells the social worker, “I just had to tell you about this part of my life. You’ve really been helpful to me and I’ve felt so guilty for keeping this secret from you. I assume you won’t tell anybody what I’ve just told you.” Ethical Dilemma #9 A social worker provides counseling for a 15-year-old boy with depression. One day, the boy comes to his counseling session with blurred eyes and slurred speech. The boy admits to the social worker that he is under the influence and that his new friends have introduced him to ecstasy and crystal meth. The boy is worried about his drug use. The social worker offers to enroll him in the state-funded program for adolescents with both mental illness and substance abuse issues. The boy agrees to participate, but refuses to let the social worker tell his parents about his drug problem. The social worker is unsure whether she is allowed to provide the boy with drug counseling without informing his parents and obtaining their consent. Page 3 of 6 SOWK 270 Ethical Dilemma #10 A social worker refers a family to an educational consultant to help the family locate a specialized school for their son who has behavioral challenges and academic difficulties. The boy is placed in an alternative high school in a neighboring community. As part of the school’s program, parents participate in monthly meetings of a support group. Coincidentally, the social worker’s son also attends this school. The social worker and his wife have attended the monthly meetings, during which they have disclosed some personal information about their family’s life. The social worker is uneasy about attending these meetings with his clients present. Ethical Dilemma #11 A social worker is conducting a psychosocial assessment with a parent as part of a Bulletin 1508 evaluation. During the course of the interview, the social worker asks the parent about discipline techniques. The man says he has only physically disciplined his son. The father continues to explain that his son had taken a knife from the kitchen and raised it towards his father in anger, so the man pushed his son across the room. Appearing distraught, the man explains that he had such a violent reaction because when he was 19 years old someone approached him with a knife and he killed that person. The social worker asks if he did jail time for the murder. The father tells her, “No. You and my mother are the only ones that know about it.” Ethical Dilemma #12 A social worker provides counseling to a 16-year-old girl experiencing significant emotional turmoil. The girl’s parents are divorcing. During one session, the girl tells the social worker that she just found out she is 6 weeks pregnant. The girl says she wants to terminate the pregnancy, but refuses to give permission to the social worker to share this news with her parents. Ethical Dilemma #13 You are seeing 2 separate students in individual counseling sessions—a boy and a girl. Both are 11 years old. During one of the sessions, one of the students discloses that he/she is having sex with the other student. Ethical Dilemma #14 A 15-year-old ...
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Ethical Dilemma Paper
Description of Ethical Dilemma
The ethical dilemma selected is the case involving McDonald M. and IVY T. in this case,
there is an ethical dilemma facing both the client and the counselor. From the side of the client,
an ethical dilemma is depicted by the fact that McDonald's has several options, some of which
are associated with lifetime consequences. The first dilemma is whether to kill the alleged lover
of her wife, and the second dilemma is to leave her. The two decisions are tough to make since
after killing the suspected lover, McDonald's will live to regret for the rest of his life.
Consequently, he will not have his wife even after killing since he will end up in prison. Besides,
he is likewise in a dilemma on what to do with his wife, who has eventually led him to
depression. Leaving her, in this case, may not be appropriate since he may never get to marry
again. Being at the age of forty-one, it may be quite hard for him to remarry. The counselor is
likewise in a dilemma since she is required to provide some guidance and counseling on the
issue. From this situation, the counselor must offer the client with some advice that will help him
chose the best option. Additionally, the counselor may be in a dilemma of whether to report
McDonald's, who may end up commit murder. Therefore, she must either uphold the client's
confidentiality or watch him commit murder. Majorly, the ethical dilemma involv...

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