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What are the steps in the ethical decision-making process? Is each step relevant to every situation? Why or why not?

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1. What are the steps in the ethical decision-making process?

There are many proposed ethical decision making models that can be utilized. One ethical decision-making model and its steps are as follows (it is verbatim): (note: the steps may not always follow the same order shown and steps may be repeated several times in the process.)

1. Identify the problem or dilemma.

? Does a problem or dilemma actually exist?
? Is this an ethical, legal, moral, professional, or clinical problem?
? Is it a combination of more than one of these?
? How can you know the nature of the problem?
? Would you consult at this early stage as you are identifying the problem?
? How might you begin the process of consultation with your client about the nature of the
problem?

2. Identify the potential issues involved.

? How might you best evaluate the rights, responsibilities, and welfare of all those involved and
those who are affected by the decision, including your own welfare as a practitioner?
? How can you best promote your client's independence and self-determination?
? What actions have the least chance of bringing harm to your client?
? What decision will best safeguard the client's welfare?
? How can you create a trusting and collaborative climate where your clients can find their own
answers?
? What principles can you use in prioritizing the potential issues ...

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PSYCHOLOGY SAMPLE QUESTIONS PART ONE

What are the steps in the ethical decision-making process ? Is each step relevant to every situation? Why or why not?
Which step in the ethical decision-making process is the most important? Why?
Which step in the ethical decision-making process is the most difficult? Why?
Step 1. Identify the situation that requires ethical
consideration and decision making.
Step 2. Anticipate who will be affected by your decision.
Step 3. Figure out who, if anyone, is the client.
Step 4. Assess your relevant areas of competence?and of
missing knowledge, skills, experience, or expertise?in regard to the relevant aspects of this situation.
Step 5. Review relevant formal ethical standards.

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