Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services

Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services

For this assignment, you will select a controversial issue from the list of suggested topics and discuss
how it relates to working in the human services field. You must conduct a search of the available
literature (with emphasis on peer-reviewed journal articles) surrounding the selected topic. This paper
must be written in proper APA format, which includes a title page, body of at least 7 full pages and a
maximum of 10 pages, and a reference page(s).

Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services

In this paper, please be sure to provide background information on the controversy surrounding the topic,
addressing all views, and how it would relate to your work in the human services field. How would your
values and beliefs about this issue impact your work? How would you go about avoiding issues of
malpractice when working with a client experiencing this first hand? Is there countertransference you
may struggle with?
In addition to addressing the above questions, please be sure to develop a case study that is relevant
to your topic and identify the specific steps you would take in working with that client. Be sure to include
information about the client’s race and ethnicity, religious beliefs (if any), family structure, relevant values
and beliefs as well as the presenting issue.
Remember to evaluate all aspects of the case—i.e. Does the issue fall under Duty to Warn? Is this a
situation that might require a referral to Child Protection Services? Take on the perspective of a
Human Services provider and be sure to fully address all concerns that might be raised.
Here are some possible issues that your client may be presenting with that you choose to discuss.
The issues have been organized by different categories:
Family
Issues:•




A person leaving his/her partner to pursue an affair
An interracial couple seeking premaritalcounseling
A person who admittedly abuses his/her partner
A parent who talks about LEGALLY using marijuana while supervising their children
A same-sex couple who is seeking to adopt
Social
Issues:•

A transgender person looking for counseling to address depression
A person who is considering involuntary hospitalization of a mentally ill or handicapped family
member
A person who admits to having an addiction to pornography
A woman who is considering having an abortion


Criminal Issues:





A person considering euthanasia or physician-assisted
suicide A person who has admitted to molesting children in
the past
A person who has been released from prison after committing a
murder A minor who admits to using illegal drugs
An undocumented worker facing discrimination in the work place
If you wantto choose a topic not on the list, it must be approved by the course instructor.
Requirements
You must use at minimum 3 scholarly resources for this policy paper. Wikipedia, Ask.com, and other
non- scholarly sources of information will not be accepted. If you are in doubt about the reliability of a
resource, ask your instructor.
Topics that must be addressed in this policy paper include
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Background information on the controversy surrounding the topic
Discussion of the different views of the issue
How the issue will relate to your work in the field
How your values and beliefs about this issue will impact your work
Relevant case study
Discussion of the steps you would take in working with the client