This week you will write a 5- to 7-page paper addressing supervision, competency, burnout, and continuing education. This paper provides the opportunity to critically think about how an addiction professional would navigate a complex ethical situation while using the NAADAC ethical decision-making model. To complete this assignment, you will use NAADAC Codes of Ethics for Addiction Counselors and the TAP 21, along with any relevant state law.
Read Case Study: CHARLIE
Using the NAADAC ethical decision-making model (Principle VIII-3), explore how you would handle this situation. Be sure to address the following:
1. Define ethical principles and competencies as defined by the NAADAC Code of Ethics and TAP21 as it relates to all of the following:
o Continuing education
o Four ethical pillars
2. What steps need to be taken to address this situation ethically and legally?
3. What is your responsibility as an addiction professional regarding your co-worker’s disclosure and behavior?
4. What are the ethical principles and codes that apply to the case study?
5. Whose welfare needs to be considered, and what implication does your coworkers’ disclosure have on clients, peers, and the agency?
6. What potential courses of action could be taken?
7. What are the risks and benefits of each potential course of action?
8. Would you keep this information to yourself? Why or why not? If you are sharing with someone, who and why would you share it?
9. Select the best approach based on your analysis of the case study and your application of the NAADAC ethical decision-making model.
10. Justify your ethical decision-making process and discuss any concerns after implementing your decision.
CASE STUDY: Charlie Charlie is a co-worker who has worked as an addiction counselor with the agency for 22 years. You notice that Charlie takes long lunch breaks and recently you have noticed the smell of marijuana in Charlie’s office. When you asked Charlie about the smell, Charlie shares the following: “The only way I can get through the day is a relaxing lunch. I am sick of this thankless work anyway and believe it could drive anyone to drink. Clients are not looking at the real issues. They are more focused on their identity than their substance use and continue to make excuses about not being accepted. No one really recovers anyway.” You mention that you recently attended a wellness workshop and a diversity workshop sponsored by NAADAC. These workshops helped you understand the value of self-care in addiction counseling and to understand multicultural populations. You even earned continuing education credits for attending the workshops. Charlie discloses that they do not attend those workshops because they are a waste of time.