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1 Pathfinder Associates1 Everyday Ethical Decisions and Considerations for Counselors: Let’s Talk TeleSeminar June 20, :30-4:00 EDT

2 Pathfinder Associates2 Presented in Conjunction with the Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association (RCEA) National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)

3 Pathfinder Associates3 Faculty Anthony J. Langton, M.S., C.V.E. Vivian M. Larkin, Ph.D., M.S.W., C.R.C. John W. Lui, Ph.D., M.B.A., CDMS, C.R.C. Spencer Mosley, M.S., L.P.C.

4 Pathfinder Associates4 How the TeleSeminar Works Pre-Training Activities Training Session Post-Training Follow-up

5 Pathfinder Associates5 What should we be looking for?

6 Pathfinder Associates6 Reviewing Pre-Training Activities Analyzing Questionnaire Findings Case Study Information Other Issues or Concerns input any time to

7 Pathfinder Associates7 Questionnaire - Part A: Background Information Make-up of Participants Certifications and Licensures (Q1-2) Work Settings (Q3)

8 Pathfinder Associates8 Questionnaire: Background Info How are ethical issues handled? Who do you usually consult with? (Q4) Have you ever had to address an ethical issue concerning another rehabilitation professional? (Q5) If so, how was the situation handled? (Q6)

9 Pathfinder Associates9 Questionnaire: Background Info Have you ever personally had questions raised concerning your professional ethics? (Q7) How many trainings on ethics have you had? (Q8)

10 Pathfinder Associates10 Questionnaire: Part B: Using the CRCC Professional Code of Ethics Referencing personal credentials (Q10) Counseling minors and others unable to give informed consent (Q11) Precautions with unavoidable non- professional relationships (Q12)

11 Pathfinder Associates11 Questionnaire: Using the CRCC Professional Code of Ethics Dealing with computer access (Q13) CRCC Code versus Laws & Statutes (Q14) Dealing with cultural diversity (Q15)

12 Pathfinder Associates12 Characteristics of ethical dilemmas Choices must be made between two or more courses of action There are significant consequences for taking either course of action Each of the courses of action can be supported by one or more ethical principles Ethical principle(s) supporting the unchosen course of action will be compromised

13 Pathfinder Associates13 Q & A Call-in Segment Open Question and Answer lines open for remainder of the TeleSeminar Call-in Procedure (press “*1” on telephone keypad to reach operator)

14 Pathfinder Associates14 Questionnaire - Part C: Applying Ethical Standards Scenario I: Bill and Jerry Was there a violation of law? (Q16) Is there an ethical dilemma? (Q17) If so, who was in question? (Q18)

15 Pathfinder Associates15 Questionnaire - Part C: Applying Ethical Standards Bill and Jerry scenario continued: What sections of the Code apply to this scenario? (Q19) What could Bill have done differently? (Q20)

16 Pathfinder Associates16 Using a Decision Making Model Making ethical decisions can be approached systematically Corey, Corey, & Callanan (2003) suggest an 8-step linear model Considers values, cultural beliefs, and personal experiences Process can make decision-making easier and more consistent.

17 Pathfinder Associates17 The Corey Model 1. Identify the problem 2. Identify the potential issues 3. Review the ethical codes 4. Know the relevant laws and regulations

18 Pathfinder Associates18 Corey Model (cont.) 5. Obtain consultation 6. Consider possible courses of action 7. Consider the consequences of the courses of action 8. Choose a course of action

19 Pathfinder Associates19 Case Study Scenario II: Analysis and Discussion Background Information Using the Corey Worksheet Recommendations

20 Pathfinder Associates20 Using the Corey Worksheet 1. Identify the problem 2. Identify the potential issues 3. Review the ethical codes 4. Know the relevant laws and regulations

21 Pathfinder Associates21 Using the Corey Worksheet 5. Obtain consultation 6. Consider possible courses of action 7. Consider the consequences of the courses of action 8. Choose a course of action

22 Pathfinder Associates22 Additional Ethical Dilemmas If time permits... Discuss additional ethical situations and potential dilemmas Also go to Post-Training Follow-up Discussion Blog

23 Pathfinder Associates23 Summary and Wrap-up What do you find most challenging about maintaining high standards of ethical practice?

24 Pathfinder Associates24 Summary Potential ethical dilemmas surround us daily in our work Differences between ethical decisions and ethical dilemmas Consult with knowledgeable peers Contact relevant ethics board when codes of ethics, principles and/or colleagues fail to provide an answer

25 Pathfinder Associates25 Post-Training Follow-up Continue discussions, or start new ones, on the Discussion Blog at Faculty at

26 Pathfinder Associates26 Rehabilitation Counselor and Educators Association (RCEA) Please visit our new website to find out more about opportunities in RCEA! or Contact RCEA President Lynn Boza:  Membership has its benefits!

27 Pathfinder Associates27 Requesting Ethics CEU’s? To receive 2.0 C.R.C.C. approved CEU ‘Ethics’ credits, you must complete the Evaluation Form and return to: Pathfinder Associates Attn: Spencer L. Mosley 317 Iroquois Avenue Green Bay, WI A Verification of Completion form will be ed to you for submittal to CRCC.

28 Pathfinder Associates TeleSeminar28 Thank-you for participating! For questions or additional information please contact: Pathfinder Associates 712 Woodcreek Ct. Suite 301 Columbia, SC


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