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Demonstrate professional knowledge and integrated understanding to communicate ideas at an advanced academic level

Assessment Details and Instructions
Purpose:
Students select two different ethical decision-making models to apply to the same ethical scenario (see below).
2 models chosen: 1. Corey et al. (2015) eight-step model of ethical decision making. Used by American Counselling Association in their standards. 2. Georgina Hawley’s (2007) Three Stage Framework.
Students critically analyze the strengths and limitations of each model (as applied to the scenario client) to develop advanced knowledge of counsellor and psychotherapist responsibilities with regards to ethical decision-making models and processes.
Process:
Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of two different ethical decision-making models and professional ethical responsibilities.
Students then critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of chosen ethical decision-making models to effectively guide counsellors to work with ethical sensitivity and meet professional responsibilities.
Students will also apply and contextualize this knowledge of each model to consider how they respond effectively, sensitively and ethically to case scenario provided.
Scenario:
The client, Sharon, is a 45-year-old woman who is seeking help for depression. During the initial phone contact, she asked repeatedly about privacy and wanted assurances that information discussed in session was confidential. The client repeated this line of questioning during the first face-to-face session.
As the session progressed, she revealed that the source of her depression was the death of her mother one year ago. Her mother had suffered from a combination of severe renal problems and dementia and was very difficult to care for. Sharon had been caring for her and her father in their home for 9 years prior to her death, putting her teaching career on hold as well as any possible romantic relationship. During the last two years, her mother required total care. She revealed that she had been suffering greatly and, out of compassion for her, she gave her an excess dose of her sleeping and pain pills. Medical personnel never questioned the death as the woman had been quite sick and “It was only a matter of time.”
Sharon goes on to explain that she is now caring for her father in similar circumstances, although there is no dementia. Her father has declined rapidly since the death of his wife and now requires total care. Sharon reveals that recently she had a conversation with her father in which the father commented how peaceful his wife’s death was and how he hoped for a similar passing.
Requirements
a) Critically review, interpret, integrate, synthesise knowledge of ethical principles of practice and ethical decision-making models and processes.
b) Exercise adaptability and judgment when critically analysing, evaluating and applying ethical sensitivity to legal and ethical dilemmas.
c) Critically apply self-awareness and self-reflexivity when practising ethically in counselling and psychotherapy.
d) Effectively demonstrate professional knowledge and integrated understanding to communicate ideas at an advanced academic level, using contemporary communication approaches.
Please use APA7 referencing throughout, thanks!