Paraprofessional's Case: Ethical Dilemmas Of Mental Health Services
What do you see as the ethical dilemma here for the social worker? For the state department representative?
The ethical dilemma for the social worker and the stated department representative in Case #2 is a dilemma regarding the values inherent in the public laws that direct the social work practice and the values inherent in the social practice. The ethical dilemma for …show more content…
The state department representative an ethical responsibility to “take adequate measures to discourage, prevent, expose, and correct the unethical conduct of colleagues” (National Association of Social Workers, 2008). The social worker is not acting ethical following the enactment of the new policy as she continues to allow the paraprofessionals to provide mental health services. The state department representative is aware of the social workers actions and has the responsibility to take adequate measures such as reporting the social worker.
Is there a win-win solution to this dilemma? What do you think it might be?
There is a win-win situation to this dilemma. The new policy could include a time frame that would allow paraprofessionals that are already providing services to continue to serve clients provided they are enrolled in a social work program to continue their education. This would allow the clients to continue to receive services as they are while also allowing the new policy to be implemented fully over time to ensure all clients are serviced by