Application: Professional Ethics and Codes of Conduct
A professional licensing board or professional association governs each area of practice within human services and defines professional ethics or codes of conduct for their members. These professional ethics or codes of conduct clearly define the expected conduct and/or ethical considerations that members must follow to remain in good standing. Disciplinary processes are often in place as a means of enforcement when ethical violations occur. Depending upon the professional licensing board and/or association, various consequences of violations can result, ranging from mediation between involved parties to legal proceedings, depending on the severity of the violation. Human services professionals must be aware of their professional ethics and codes of conduct in their area of interest to avoid violations and related consequences.
To prepare for this assignment, research a professional human services association in your area of interest. Choose an association in which their professional ethics or code of conduct is available for you to access. Consider the history, evolution, and enforcement of the professional ethics or code of conduct.
The assignment: (3 – 4 pages)
- Analyze the history of the professional ethics or code of conduct within your area of interest in human services. Briefly describe:
- Who developed it
- Where it originated
- How it evolved
- What major changes/additions were made
Explain how the professional ethics or codes of conduct are enforced. Briefly describe:
- Who or what groups enforce them
- What processes/procedures are used to enforce and resolve disputes or violations
- What consequences exist as a result of violations