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Ethics: Current Issues and Practical Responses

OUTLINE

A Process-Oriented Approach to Managing Ethical Issues

  • Early identification
  • Engage clients and others in resolving ethical issues
  • Manage ethical, moral, legal and personal obligations

An Interest-Based Approach to Managing Ethical Issues

  • Focus on interests rather than positions
  • Enhance communication and trust
  • Identify common ground and valid differences
  • Generate options to maximize benefits and mitigate ethical risks
  • Separate the person from the problem
  • Apply objective criteria
  • Obtain commitments

Using Communication Technologies

  • Rationale for using videoconferencing, email, smart phones, online social networking and other communication technologies
  • Identify risks relating to confidentiality, documentation, client safety, maintaining appropriate boundaries and informed consent
  • Manage ethical risks and promote the highest standards of practice

Clinicians in Court

  • Identify situations when clinicians may be called to testify or produce evidence
  • Balance client, clinician and third party interests in confidentiality, privilege, due process, safety and informed consent
  • Respond to client requests, informal attorney requests and subpoenas

OBJECTIVES

  • Use a strategic framework to recognize, articulate, analyze and resolve ethical problems and dilemmas that may arise in clinical practice.
  • Identify and manage risk factors that may lead to boundary violations with clients.
  • Apply an interest-based approach to resolve ethical conflicts with clients and co-professionals.
  • Recognize and manage the ethical risks of using communication technologies, including issues related to confidentiality, documentation, boundary crossings, client safety, client exploitation, cross-border services, professional competence and informed consent.
  • Instruct clients in a full and frank discussion of ethical issues pertaining to confidentiality, privilege and subpoenas to court.
  • Respond effectively to attorneys who may request client records or participation of the clinician in court-related processes.

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Objectives

  • Use a strategic framework to recognize, articulate, analyze and resolve ethical problems and dilemmas that may arise in clinical practice.
  • Identify and manage risk factors that may lead to boundary violations with clients.
  • Apply an interest-based approach to resolve ethical conflicts with clients and co-professionals.
  • Recognize and manage the ethical risks of using communication technologies, including issues related to confidentiality, documentation, boundary crossings, client safety, client exploitation, cross-border services, professional competence and informed consent.
  • Instruct clients in a full and frank discussion of ethical issues pertaining to confidentiality, privilege and subpoenas to court.
  • Respond effectively to attorneys who may request client records or participation of the clinician in court-related processes.

Outline

A Process-Oriented Approach to Managing Ethical Issues

  • Early identification
  • Engage clients and others in resolving ethical issues
  • Manage ethical, moral, legal and personal obligations

An Interest-Based Approach to Managing Ethical Issues

  • Focus on interests rather than positions
  • Enhance communication and trust
  • Identify common ground and valid differences
  • Generate options to maximize benefits and mitigate ethical risks
  • Separate the person from the problem
  • Apply objective criteria
  • Obtain commitments

Using Communication Technologies

  • Rationale for using videoconferencing, email, smart phones, online social networking and other communication technologies
  • Identify risks relating to confidentiality, documentation, client safety, maintaining appropriate boundaries and informed consent
  • Manage ethical risks and promote the highest standards of practice

Clinicians in Court

  • Identify situations when clinicians may be called to testify or produce evidence
  • Balance client, clinician and third party interests in confidentiality, privilege, due process, safety and informed consent
  • Respond to client requests, informal attorney requests and subpoenas

Copyright : 21/03/2016

The Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions

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Objectives

  1. Discuss a philosophy of care when functional recovery is no longer possible.
  2. Identify a model of decision making for judgments related to treatment options, regulated by the ethical principles of shared decision making and mutual respect.
  3. Describe a communication structure for delivering “bad news” to patients and families.
  4. Integrate a philosophy of limits to care with personal feelings of loss and failure.

OutlineThe Ethical Principles Guiding End-of-Life Decision Making

  • Beneficence, nonmaleficence, and autonomy at end-of-life
  • Futility - when is it time to “call” the limits to treatment?
  • Extraordinary Means and Heroic Measures - cure vs. care, salvage treatments
  • Case Studies, the Law, and Court Rulings: Terrie Sciavo and Karen Ann Quinlan and their impact on decision making
Communication Strategies for Dealing with “Bad News”
  • A systems approach to patients and their families
  • Incorporation of “bad news” into treatment planning and palliative care
  • Difficulties with advance directives - who makes the decisions in ambiguous situations?
  • Identifying personal, cultural, and religious biases impacting treatment
Rationing and Inequities in Access to Healthcare
  • The impact of the Affordable Care Act
  • Distributive justice, heroic care, and futility
The Advanced Illness Coordinated Model
  • Six steps

Copyright : 09/03/2015

The Ethics of Touch in Child Psychotherapy & Play Therapy

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Objectives

  1. State 10 different types of touch that can occur in a therapy session.
  2. Demonstrate four ways to evaluate for a child’s psychosocial experiences related to touch.
  3. Describe how to apply 5 therapeutic interventions to handle in-the-moment ethical dilemmas in a play therapy session.

Outline

The Ethics of Touch in Context

  • Clinical concerns of touch in child psychotherapy and play therapy
  • No touch policies-more harm than good?
  • Types of touch: greeting, accidental, task-oriented, attentional, and more

Assessment for Psychosocial Experiences of Touch

  • 4 Child Drawing Assessments
  • Rating scale questionnaires
    • Parent’s perceptions of child’s touch experiences
    • Teacher Touch Observation Rating Scale for child

Interventions and Case Examples: Ethical dilemmas of Touch- Responses, Interventions and Boundary Setting

  • Risk/benefit decision making
  • Child hits/slaps therapist
  • Inappropriate touching of therapist
  • Child asks to be touched inappropriately
  • Child asks for appropriate touch
  • Specific populations
    • Infants-behavioral cue indications
    • Teenagers
    • Attachment Disorders
    • Autism/Sensory Processing Disorders
    • Sexually traumatized children
  • 10+ Recommendations for working with abused children
  • Engaging parents in problem touch occurrences

20+ Top Ethical Touch Best Practice Guidelines

  • Practitioner Touch Awareness Questionnaire
  • Informed Consent-for therapy approaches that use touch
  • Informed Consent-Mandated Reporter of all forms of abuse
  • Unethical Forms of Touch
  • And many more…

Copyright : 06/08/2015

The Interface of Ethics and Technology

Objectives

  1. Discuss an overview of social work in the digital world.

  2. Explore ethical issues concerning the meaning of relationship in professional work, practitioner competence, privacy and confidentiality, and professional boundaries.

Outline

  • Social Work in the Digital Age

  • Challenging Ethical Issues

    • The Meaning of Relationship in Professional Work

    • Practitioner Competence

    • Privacy and Confidentiality

    • Professional Boundaries

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Objectives

  1. Discuss an overview of social work in the digital world.

  2. Explore ethical issues concerning the meaning of relationship in professional work, practitioner competence, privacy and confidentiality, and professional boundaries.

Outline

  • Social Work in the Digital Age

  • Challenging Ethical Issues

    • The Meaning of Relationship in Professional Work

    • Practitioner Competence

    • Privacy and Confidentiality

    • Professional Boundaries

Copyright : 24/07/2014