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In your Ethical Practice in the Human Services textbook, read the following:
Chapter 4, “Ethical Practice in an Increasingly Diverse World,” pages 77–98.
Use the Capella University Library to read the following:
Collins, S., Arthur, N., & Wong-Wylie, G. (2010). Enhancing reflective practice in multi-cultural counseling through cultural auditing. Journal of Counseling and Development, 88(3), 340–347.
Kocet, M. M. (2006). Ethical challenges in a complex world: Highlights of the 2005 ACA Code of Ethics. Journal of Counseling and Development, 84(2), 228–234.
Use the Internet to review the following websites on autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.
Autism Society. (n.d.). Asperger’s syndrome. Retrieved from http://www.autism-society.org/what-is/aspergers-syndrome/
The Nemours Foundation. (n.d.). Asperger syndrome. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/asperger.html#
Cultural Competency Assessment
In your Diversity and Inclusion in the Field of Human Services course earlier in your program, you took a cultural competency self-assessment.
Revisit the Cultural Competency Assessment now.
See where your cultural competency has improved and where you still have opportunities for growth.
[u06s2] Unit 06 Study 2
Riverbend City: Ethical Challenges
Complete a Riverbend City simulation about balancing the needs of a child with autism spectrum disorder and the conflicting desires of her parents. Later in this unit, you will apply concepts from the ACA Code of Ethics in discussing an approach the case manager might use with the parents that would be culturally sensitive and responsive to the needs of the child.
Click Riverbend City‹: Ethical Challenges to view the Riverbend City simulation.
Locate three case studies relevant to the topic you selected in the Unit 2 assignment. Your textbook, course examples, media, or real-world situations are good sources for case studies. Highlight the organizations and human services populations in the case studies and weigh the policies, laws, and ethical guidelines that influenced the decision-making process.
Include the following elements in your assignment submission:
The professional ethical code used throughout and the rationale for choosing it.
For each case study:
Summarize the case study, including all key points:
An introduction to the situation described in the case study.
The organization and the human services population involved.
Analyze the ethical issue (or issues) at both the macro (population and organization) level and the micro (case-specific, individual client) level.
Analyze the policies, laws, and ethical guidelines that influence the ethical decision-making process.
Analyze the ethical decision-making process, considering how personal desires and feelings intersect with ethical obligations.
Headings that correspond to the key points in the scoring rubrics. Review sections 3.02–3.03 of the APA manual (6th edition) for guidance on headings.
The cases studies you select for this assignment will be used as the basis for discussions in your final project assignment.
Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
Writing style: Present the content of this assignment in paragraph format and include transitional phrases, headings to define document sections, appropriate subheadings, and references.
References: Your paper must include at least six academic references. References must be from academic journals, textbooks, or a professional code of ethics.
APA formatting: Use proper APA format for headings. In-text citations and references at the end of the paper must be in proper APA style and formatting.
Length of paper: 5–7 typed, double-spaced pages.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Attach your paper as a Word document and submit it in the assignment area.
Case Presentation Scoring Guide.
APA Style and Format.
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Finding Articles by TYPE: Case Studies.
Human Services Masters Research Guide.
Ethical Practice in the Human Services.
real world abounds with complicated situations where ethical behavior requires
In this activity, you will again assume the role
of a case manager at Curt Swann Middle School, a public school in Riverbend
City, a mid-sized city in the Midwest.
Several Swann faculty and staff members have
asked you to get involved with Lexi, a 10-year-old girl in the 4th grade. Lexi
has been exhibiting behaviors recently that make her teachers suspect that she
may be on the autism spectrum.
REPORTING TEACHER: Duncan Jones
STUDENT(S) INVOLVED: Lexi Reed
DATE: May 3
Lexi had to be removed from
class this morning after being disruptive during English class. We were
discussing today’s reading and she made repeated verbal outbursts when I and
other students were trying to speak. I gave Lexi three verbal warnings to wait
her turn, but the outbursts persisted, escalating into disrespectful talkback.
This disruptive incident fits
into a larger pattern of misbehavior for Lexi this school year. Lexi has
displayed a great deal of difficulty taking her turn in conversations, and has
tended to derail class discussions to talk about one of her few pet topics.
Lexi has also consistently had trouble following complicated instructions and
respecting personal space this year, and has demanded that other children
follow specific rules when interacting with her.
CURT SWANN MIDDLE SCHOOL
behaviors appear to indicate that she may be on the autism spectrum. You should
talk to her parents about the possibility of therapy, treatment, and medication
to help her.
each Character to
I’m sorry, I just don’t believe you that my daughter has autism.
There’s no way that’s possible. She’s a good girl, she’s a smart girl, and
she’s a normal girl. She’s a little headstrong, but that’s a discipline
problem. And I’m on that. Gina and I, we’ll get her straightened out. I mean, you’re
right, she shouldn’t be talking out of turn in class. That’s unacceptable
behavior. But it’s not crazy behavior. It’s not a sign that she’s sick. It’s a
sign that she needs discipline and self control.
mentioned therapy. Look. We aren’t sending my little girl to therapy or any
doctor because there’s nothing wrong with her. Gina and I will talk to her,
tell her she can’t act up like this any more or she’ll lose her allowance and
get grounded. I promise you, that will take care of it. That girl loves her
freedom. She sees that at risk, you’ll have the best-behaved student you’ve
ever seen. I’ll pray on this.
You think Lexi might be autistic? Oh, dear. I… I’m sorry, this
is a lot to take in. I mean, i’ve known that she could be a little high-strung,
but I always just figured that she’d grow out of it. I’ve actually talked to my
Rabbi about this quite a bit; she always advises me to just take it one day at
guess you’re the expert, so I’m not in much of a position to tell you you’re
wrong. This does make some sense; we’ve certainly noticed that Lexi could use
some help with her social skills. I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been fooling myself
about how serious the problem was.
you think that seeing a doctor or a therapist would help her, I’m certainly
open to that. I love my daughter, and I want her to have every advantage she
can! I don’t want anything holding her back; she’s such a bright girl. I know
Adam won’t be thrilled at the idea, but I think it might be the right thing to
do. God knows therapy did a lot for my mother when she was younger.
tell you one thing, though- I think I draw the line at medication. You think
Lexi has behavior problems, that’s nothing compared to what I’ve seen with some
of the overmedicated kids we see in our social circle. It’s like the whole
pharma industry is just out there circling, waiting for their chance to pump
your kids full of drugs and leave them glassy-eyed robots. Not my Lexi, no way.
each question based on your observations.
reading the teacher’s report, and hearing from the Reeds, it’s time to think
about the implications of what you heard, and what your next steps should be to
help Lexi get the support she needs.
services would you recommend for the Reeds?
would you facilitate the parents’ agreement to participate in this
would you define the line between ethical persuasion and unethical coercion in
trying to work with the Reeds?
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