Needs to be 7 to 10 pages with 8 to 10 supporting in text
citations and 8 to 10 references. I did
the abstract and there needs to be an intro page and all of the questions have
to be answered. Need supporting evidence for and against. The scenario I am using is below as well
The Ethical Dilemma Paper (due at the end of Unit 7) should
focus on a real-life example from your own work. This should be a true ethical
dilemma for you –not a simple black & white decision, not a decision that
your client or a colleague has to make, and not something prescribed by your
supervisor or agency.
An ethical dilemma is where you are making a decision about
your own course of action, in a situation of great moral/ethical ambiguity,
often including unavoidable conflicts between important values.
One of the most important aspects of the assignment is to
make sure that the problem that you come up with is actually a true ethical
dilemma. Many students come up with
examples that are ethical problems, but not ethical dilemmas. One of the keys to recognizing whether or not
a problem is truly an ethical dilemma has to do with the level of moral
ambiguity. Ethical dilemmas are high in
moral ambiguity. Let me point you to two
sections in the text that may be of some help.
On pages 59-60, Linzer discusses the concept of “moral traces”. He states: “The concept ‘moral traces’ refers
to the consequences of having chosen one path, as opposed to the other path in
an ethical dilemma. Since both choices
are ethical, the decision to act on one creates the feeling of having violated
the other. There is no winner in ethical
decision making” (p. 60 italics added).
One of the observations that Dr. Linzer made in his lectures was that in
a true ethical dilemma you never know whether or not you made the “right”
decision because both arguments are compelling and you will never know the
outcome of the option that you did not choose and you will always wonder if you
make the right decision. That is the
The second section that you should read is on pages 204 to
207. Linzer notes: “In circumstances
pervaded by ethical ambiguity, the key is to acknowledge the complexity of the
issues and the pull of contradictory moral imperatives” (p. 205). Read that section and if you want to be sure
that your scenario is a true ethical dilemma you can check with me. I don’t want you to spend a lot of time
developing and writing the paper only for me to tell you that it is not an
ethical dilemma. It is much easier if
you have any doubts to contact me directly and describe the scenario. And remember, in an ethical dilemma it is you
and not the client who has to make the decision.
When writing your
paper, please follow this outline:
describe your agency’s services and setting.
2. Present a
conflict situation from your own human service work that involves any number of
parties, including yourself (you must be a part of the conflict/dilemma), the
client, the family, the agency, the board, the funding agency, etc. Summarize the conflict in one paragraph.
state the ethical dilemma. Discuss what
makes this an ethical dilemma. It would
be excellent if you can identify the values that are in conflict (For more on
this please see the mini-lecture on Beauchamp and Childress). Analyze the
conflict from the value perspective of each of the parties. (You could use Levy’s classification of values
to do this.)
4. Offer your
resolution of this dilemma and the reasoning behind your decision. Your decision should be theoretically
justified. (You cannot simply say that I
decided to do this based on my own personal values.) Be sure to substantiate
your rationale with the relevant literature.
Throughout the career of any individual working in the human
services field they are bound to be confronted with some type of ethical
dilemma. An ethical dilemma can be
defined as any situation that presents choices and behaviors considered disagreeable
to the decision maker based on the potential negative consequences. Because there are unwanted consequences no
matter what choice is made, it makes difficult the decision maker to make a
clear cut decision of what is the right or wrong course of action. The following will be a presentation of such
a dilemma. A discussion will be made as to what makes this scenario an ethical
dilemma, along with analyzing of the dilemma, resolution and reasoning behind
the final decision to be made.
The agency that I worked for provided services for behaviorally
challenged children and served families and children who have found themselves
in crisis due to substance abuse, mental health issues or other debilitating
issues (Holy Family Institute, 2014). The children in this program were
generally housed with this agency under the direction of Children Protective
Services and/or Juvenile Justice. This
program also provided family programs to assist those families that were having
difficulties with neglect, poverty and abuse.
Direct care and oversight was
given to these children 24 hours 7 days a week while residing at the
facility. Many of these children
attended school on the facilities main campus however many were afforded the privileged
of attending school off facility grounds in their own school districts.
Scenerio: I am
employed at an adolescent facility. I
have been assigned the girls unit. Upon
their return from school the girls are sitting in the main room discussing
their day at school. One of he girls
discloses to the other girls that she is attracted to one of the clients on the
boys unit. I am concerned of her
interest in this particular boy because he is diagnosed with HIV. I pull the girl into the office to discuss
the relationship she has with this particular boy. She discloses to me that they were in fact
sexually active and she has on occasion had sexual intercourse with him without
condoms. My concern is that this young
girl may have been unknowingly infected with HIV. Because of HIPPA laws and the confidentiality
I am unable to disclose to the client that she may have been infected. Later I conduct a meeting with the male
client. He reminds me that
confidentiality forbids me from disclosing his medical condition. My dilemma is whether or not I disclose to
the girl and her parents that she may have been exposed to HIV.