The essential ethical steps required to apply in the case study encompass determining whether the issue involves professional responsibility conflicts, rights, or values. It is significant to identify the key ethical principles and values involved, meanings and limitations that are typically attached to the competing values (Fouka & Mantzorou, n,d). After determining and identifying the key professional values and limitations attached to the dilemma, ranking the ethical principles that align with professional judgment would be relevant to apply in the dilemma since it would provide one with the reason for prioritizing a single competing value over the other. The next plan will involve developing an action strategy that is consistent with the moral priorities determined as crucial in a predicament and define if they confer with colleague and client as suitable about the potential perils and consequences of any other alternative course of actions (Fouka & Mantzorou, n,d). In implementing the appropriate practice competencies and skills, one will have to determine how social working competencies, such as skillful negotiation, sensitive communication, and cultural competences will be utilized. Finally, one will have to reflect on the outcomes of the ethical decision making by evaluating the consequences of the clientele, agency and professional processes involved.
Issues that involve widespread of a challenge that directly affects people’s private lives, such as diseases and other not well-understood issues call for special attention in data collection and utilization of particular strategies of data gathering, ought to be put into considerations. Qualitative type of data will be significant to make critical and ethical decisions in the case study since it is a matter that is not well fathomed as it entails people’s perceptions and believes (Fouka & Mantzorou, n,d). The qualitative method of data gives a deep understanding of the subject matter. Since Marie’s case is significant as small scale issue, observation as a data collection methodology will be a suitable consideration. The case study also entails deeply understanding the issue to address it in the best way possible. Thus, observation strategy will result in unbiased information that will enhance less distorted information that will truly represent the investigation at hand.
Marie’s case entails a personal and confidential dilemma that concerns helping her cope with depressing moments. Having gone through the loss of a husband and currently undergoing the stress of living next to her children is a depressing encounter that should be handled with great care. Marie needs to continue taking her prescribed drugs to fight the menace and live normally. Advising her calls for determining the ethical principles in addressing her issue without making her feel the desperate need to take the medicine she no longer wants to consume. Determining the ethical principles will hence enable one to understand to start talking to her about her issues that include what to say directly and what information not to convey. Additionally, it will enable one to be well-versed with the valid commencement base of your advice and give you the capacity to defend your sentiments regarding her personal choice (Fouka & Mantzorou, n,d). In advising Marie to take her prescribed medication and the importance of frequently seeing her grandchildren, planning the course of action and ranking your views concerning the matter is imperative to avoid starting handling the issue with the information that is less considerate of her condition, which could harm her well-being.
Failure to adhere to the ethical problem-solving steps will create more harm or failure to address the intended purpose of being recruited to help Marie cope with her situation. Again, assuming the right strategy to handle the matter will not consider protecting the right of confidentiality regarding Marie’s desperate condition (NASW, 2017). Marie’s family’s intention to hire someone to aid their mother in taking drugs and appreciating her current situation is to treat her objectively ethically and with dignity and not a means to escalate her weird way of perception. Failure to reflect on your work outcomes might not be a virtual approach in terms of honesty, compassion, courage, and tolerance. Failure to follow the stipulated ethical methods to handle and issue will not be striving towards bettering Marie’s condition and will be such inappropriate actions that will negatively impact Marie’s family’s inherent desire for Marie to be kind to herself and have an affection towards her grandchildren.
The application of the researched information, it is important to describe the physical discomfort that will be brought by failing to take prescribed medicine. Since one is already versed with the risks and consequences of passing information to such an elderly lady, he knows how he will deliver beneficial information on the subject matter without conveying any harm. Being well acquainted with the limits your information should not cross, one will be choosy with what he’s telling Marie and will know when to withhold particular information to avoid unwanted behavioral alteration of the subject matter, Marie.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) stipulated code of ethics provides essential tools to be applied in making a difference in client’s life and conditions (NASW, 2017). Handling Marie’s case is a community service undertaking for bettering someone’s life. In embracing community service undertaking, NASW guides and reinforces one in doing what one is expected to engage in as a social worker and doing it in the intended manner. Finally, the code of ethics empowers an individual with the advocacy strength for the oppressed and also emboldens one with the courage to speak out the right thing for the voiceless in the society, in this case Marie’s family.
Application of personal values helps one in prioritizing one’s demands and frequently serves as a personal compass in ethical decision making and behavior. Since an upright person is guided by personal values that entail bettering lives of others, handling Marie’s case will be a way of making her recognize her value in life, in terms of making it better and embracing others that are special in her life (Bellisario, n,d). Helping her recover from her condition is an instrumental and terminal value that is leaned towards behavioral change that will impact her personal life-long goal of living a less desperate life and in harmony with her family members.
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