This is a master’s Human Services Program

Final Paper:

Find an ethical problem or issue in a profession in which you are interested or that you expect to enter yourself.  — (I would like to see something to the effect of working with the homeless or in social services as a Case Manager)

Part 1

Present a summary explanation and/or analysis of the ethical problem(s) or issue(s), presenting the various sides of the conflict, and, if possible, the differing opinions that have been given about it. State clearly what the ethical problem is that you will be dealing with. This section should be neutral and objective. Shorter is better than longer in this section. Do not try to solve the problem or present your opinion(s) in this section.

Part 2

Discuss three different ethical positions or theories that you would apply. Also reference any relevant sections of your professional code of ethics; e.g., APA, ACA, etc. Do not present your opinion(s) on the problem or attempt to solve it here.

Part 3

In this final section, present what you think would be the best solution to the problem, along with your reasons for your solution and why you think your solution is superior to the others that might be given. This is the section in which you should discuss your problem and present your opinion(s). Longer is better than shorter in this section. Say what ethical theory or theories and professional-code sections you are using to arrive at your solution.

This should be a 2,100- to 2,800-word (or 6- to 8-page) paper, excluding cover page, abstract, and references, using APA formatting.

As a Counselor (CDCA) Case Manager with a medically assisted treatment center. I complete intake assessments on new clients and perform case management duties. Some of my other papers have included ethical dilemmas from where I work, the Professor stated I had created a list of what not to do in the profession.

Class is ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice & Law – This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting practicing professionals. Topics related to ethics, standards of practice, and professional conduct are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision – making. Students also examine the professional code of ethics for their professional discipline. This course must be taken at University of the Rockies and may not be transferred from another institution. Equivalent to EDU 5200/ORG 6217/ORG 6752

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