2 Definition of Whistle-Blowing One who reveals wrong-doing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority.One who discloses information about misconduct in their workplace that they feel violates the law or endangers the welfare of others.One who speaks out, typically to expose corruption or dangers to the public or environment.
3 Types of Whistle-Blowing Internal Whistle-BlowingWhen an individual advocates beliefs or revelations within the organization.External Whistle-BlowingWhen and individual advocates beliefs or revelations outside the organization.
4 Characteristics of a Whistleblower Altruistically MotivatedUtilitarianUninterested in Altering Their BehaviorAllows Own Attitudes and Beliefs to Guide ThemOften are Well Educated and Holds Professional Positions
5 Effects of Whistle-Blowing Forced to leave organization/demotionCredibility ruinedFamily, health, and/or life in jeopardyOutrage and divisiveness of people directly or indirectly involvedPhysical or psychological isolationOrganization experiences loss of money, restitution, productivity, and positive reputations.Incarceration
6 Protection Laws The Whistleblower Protection Law ~ 1989 The Whistleblower Act ~ 1994
7 Delineations of Ethical & Professional Responsibilities ACATCALPCSBECThe association is to clarify the nature of ethical responsibility held by members.A licensee shall not make any false, misleading, deceptive, fraudulent, or exaggerated claims about licensee’s services and services of the mental health organization.The Texas educator shall comply with standard practices and ethical conduct toward students, colleagues, school officials and parents.The association is to establish principles that define ethical behaviors that all members should adhere to.A licensee shall discourage a client and others whom the license does not control from effectiveness of services, practice, qualifications, associations or products.The Texas educator should respect and obey the law, demonstrate personal integrity, and exemplify honestyThe Code of Ethics will serve as the basis for processing ethical complaints initiated against members of the association.The Texas educator should exemplify just and equitable treatment.
8 A Closer Look ACA TCA SBEC H When a Counselor possesses doubt as to whether or not a Counselor is acting in an ethical manner take appropriate action.D.1.C Counselors must alert their employers to conditions that may be potentially disruptive or damaging to the counselors professional responsibilities or that may limit their effectiveness.b.1.A,B,F /b.2.B, D,F,GThe educator shall not knowingly engage in deceptive practices, misappropriate, divert, use monies for personal gain, or falsify records or coerce others to do so.The educator shall not harm others by making false statements, interfere w/ political or professional responsibilities, use coercive means of special treatment, or retaliate against any individual who has filed a complaint.
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