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    Influence of Ethical and Legal Practices on Social Change

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    Evaluate how adherence to ethical and legal practice can influence social change.
    You may share how you developed a sense of right and wrong.
    Who/what influenced your moral and ethical development?

    What experiences contributed to your personal and professional beliefs? Are your personal and professional beliefs congruent?

    What is your idea of right and wrong? Are there absolutes or are there shades of gray? Do the same guidelines apply in all circumstances?

    What are some of your basic values that guide your work and your life? What experiences have potentially influenced your decision making?

    What aspects of your personality and work ethic are most compatible with the counseling field? Least compatible?
    Was there a time, in your personal or professional life, when you felt that your confidentiality was violated, that you were involved in a dual relationship in which you felt uncomfortable, or perhaps an issue resonated unexpectedly with you (e.g., transference).

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    Ethical and legal practices

    (1) Evaluate how adherence to ethical and legal practice can influence social change.
    You may share how you developed a sense of right and wrong.

    Adhering to ethical and legal practice may influence social change in several ways. First, it determines guidelines by which practitioners should follow to treat patients and/or clients. Many clients encounter differentiation from perspectives of practitioners' attitudes toward them. In addition, their cultural views and beliefs are often ignored in therapeutic interventions. In other instances persons with communicable diseases may encounter negative treatment. Ethical and legal practices prohibit the differentiated treatment of clients from diverse backgrounds, and of persons with communicable diseases. For example, the American Psychological Association provides ethical guidelines mandating that counselors have competency when dealing with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds (Standard 2.01, APA, 2002). The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA, 1996) Act prohibits the mistreatment of persons with communicable diseases. Some states have also enacted laws prohibiting the discrimination of persons with communicable diseases.

    *In terms of a sense of right from wrong, Principles A and E encourage practitioners to treat people with moral respect and integrity (APA, 2002). For example, Principle A of the APA Code stress the principle of Beneficence that focuses on what is good, or what brings about goodness. Principle E encourages practitioners and/or professionals to treat others with dignity and respect (APA ethics of psychologist and Code of conduct).

    (2) Who/what influenced your moral and ethical development?

    Relative to this question, moral development may derive from our adherence to religious values, or from role models of our parents and/or friends. Human beings become aware of their environment and others around them. Through experiences, individuals may develop feelings and thoughts regarding right and wrong. Morality is ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution evaluate ethical and legal practice and the influence on social change. It examines professional and personal beliefs and expereinces in relation to these practices.0