Professional, Ethical, And Legal Issues In Human Services –

bshs331

(3 credits)

Ethical principles and practices of human service workers are examined in accordance with The Community Support Skill Standards for Human Service Workers and the Ethical Standards of Human Service Professionals. Major legal issues in the delivery of human services are examined. The roles, functions, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the human service worker are investigated.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Ethical Issues: Principles and Practices, Part One

  • Identify the obstacles concerning ethics in helping professions.

  • Understand the role of ethics in the human services profession
  • Explore the impact of some of the major moral theories and their limitations.

  • Debate the use of a decision-making model to resolve ethical dilemmas.

  • Apply reasoning from the professional standards to make ethical decisions.

Ethical Issues: Principles and Practices, Part Two

  • Define the relationship between law, ethical codes, and professional practice.
  • Describe the personal and cultural values that influence the formation and maintenance of ethical and professional helping relationships.
  • Explain how personal values and laws can interact with professional standards to make ethical decisions or that might cause ethical dilemmas.
  • Define informed consent in the practice of human services.

Legal Issues: Concepts, Precedents, and Compliance

  • Demonstrate an understanding of state statutes and policies governing delivery of human services.
  • Explore laws governing confidentiality, privileged communication, and the right to privacy as they impact the delivery of human services.
  • Examine the professional’s duty to warn potential victims and protect suicidal clients.
  • Examine the professional’s duty to report abuse of children and the elderly.
  • List, explain, and apply legal concepts and ethical decisions affecting human services.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of boundaries, roles, limits, and dual relationships in the provision of human services.

Professional Issues: Integration of Values, Standards, and Practice

  • Define the relationship between law, ethical codes, and professional practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of dual relationships in the provision of human services.
  • Apply human services ethical codes.

Professional Specialties and Organizations: Standards for Practice and Codes of Ethics

  • Review the specific professional identities of school counseling, mental health and career counseling, families, couples, rehabilitation, addiction, and pastoral counseling, and teaching, mentoring, and supervision.
  • Review and examine codes of ethics and standards of practice of major human service organizations.
  • Describe records maintenance requirements in human services.
  • Identify through an on-site visit a professional helping organizations legal requirements, internship requirements, client protection systems, and common ethical dilemmas.

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