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Professional, Ethical, And Legal Issues In Human Services

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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 is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Ethical Issues: Principles and Practices, Part Two

    • 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.
    • 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.

    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.

    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.
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