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Ethical Practices & Cross Cultural Considerations

What are some real-world examples of ethical and unethical practices you have read about, seen in the news, or encountered at your workplace? What were the outcomes of those practices?

A member of a one culture may not view a situation with the same ethical perspective as a member of another culture. Given this, what can an organization do when faced with an ethical dilemma complicated by cross-cultural considerations? What factors must be considered when making decisions in situations like these?

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What are some real-world examples of ethical and unethical practices you have read about, seen in the news, or encountered at your workplace? What were the outcomes of those practices?

I run an assisted living system for adults with chronic mental illnesses. We had an employee working for us who was a very religious person. She was a strong believer in the power of prayer and did not believe in the idea of diagnosis or psychopathology. She believed that all mental illness was a punishment by God for not being a true believer. I believe that this employee had a willful disregard for the intention of mental health professionals. She demonstrated that her beliefs should supersede the diagnoses and thoughts of our clients.

We made it clear to this employee that she needed to do one of two things, or both, before continuing to work with our individuals. (1) She must fully understand the implication of serving clients and the ethical responsibilities that come with it. She needs to appreciate that a mental health professional's judgments and actions may affect the lives of others and that she must safeguard against personal factors that may lead to misuse of her ...

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Using psychology and mental health as an example, this solution gives a detailed example of an unethical practice, as well as how it was alleviated. It further discusses cultural views of ethical situations in a global context, as well as cross-cultural considerations. Two references are provided.

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