QUESTION: Read the vignette provided below and use any of the…

Question Answered step-by-step QUESTION: Read the vignette provided below and use any of the… QUESTION:Read the vignette provided below and use any of the ethical decision-making processes identified in “Making Ethical Decisions Via the CPA Process” to decide how you would respond as the student counsellor in this situation. Outline the steps of your chosen decision-making model along with your response to each of the steps.  RELEVANT INFORMATION Ethical Decision-Making Vignette:You are a graduate student doing your doctoral dissertation on the experiences of women who have been sexually involved with previous therapists. The women have been referred to the project by their current therapists, have consented to share their experiences, and have been assured of confidentiality. In conducting your interviews, you are told the names of two of the previous therapists who had become sexually involved. You had not asked for this information and, in fact, had asked that the women not reveal the identities of the therapists with whom they had been sexually involved. You now wonder what your responsibilities are. Should you report the two therapists to their respective regulatory bodies? Should you persuade and assist the women to make formal complaints themselves? Assuming this issue is outside your research mandate, should you do nothing?  Making Ethical Decisions Via the CPA Process:Most readers will recognize that the situation presented in the case study at the beginning of the chapter requires us to make an ethical decision, and that doing so will not be easy. The Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists presents a decision-making process in the preamble to the Code proper. While the utility and authority of the Code of Ethics is not dependent upon using this process, it is very thorough and comprehensive (Cottone & Claus, 2000) and thus represents an excellent choice. The CPA process comprises ten steps, of which steps 2 and 3 have been re-ordered here to correspond with the model presented in Figure 4. identification of individuals and groups involved or likely to be affected by the decision; consideration of how personal bias, stress, or self-interest might influence the development of or choice between courses of action; identification of relevant ethical principles, standards, and guidelines; development of alternative courses of action;analysis of likely risks and benefits of each course of action for the individuals and groups involved or likely to be affected; choice of course of action after conscientious application of steps 1 through 5; action; evaluation of the results of the course of action; assumption of responsibility for consequences of action, including correction of negative consequences, if any, or re-engaging in the decision-making process if the ethical issue is not resolved; and 10. appropriate action, as warranted and feasible, to prevent future occurrences of the dilemma Summary Ethical actions should be the result of careful reasoning. A ten-step process for making ethical decisions begins with (step 1) identification of the individuals and groups potentially affected by the decision and moves to (step 2) consideration of the influence of any personal biases, stresses, or self-interest. In step 3, psychologists identify relevant ethical principles, standards, and guidelines, and then (step 4) develop alternative courses of action. Step 5 involves analysis of likely consequences of each course of action. At step 6, psychologists choose a course of action, then (step 7) act, (step 8) evaluate the results of the course of action, and (step 9) assume responsibility for the consequences of action. Finally, in step 10, the psychologist takes appropriate action, as warranted and feasible, to prevent future occurrences of the dilemma. Although the process appears time consuming at first, through greater familiarity with ethics codes and standards, consultation with colleagues, and reflecting on your personal moral system, ethical decisions that are justifiable and congruent with professional values will become more intuitive. Social Science Psychology PSYC 6203 Share QuestionEmailCopy link Comments (0)

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