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ERIC Number: ED424521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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The Gray Area: Ethics in Providing Clinical Services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals.
Guthmann, Debra S.
Information on issues related to professional competence, moral and legal standards, the use of professional codes of ethics and guidelines, a decision-making model, the power differential, and appropriate uses of supervision and peer support are provided for professionals who work with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Most human services professions have ethical guidelines or standards that focus on various areas of professionalism. It is time to understand the social and cultural considerations that consumers who are deaf bring into the counseling setting. The meaning of "ethics" and "professional values" are presented, and related legal and ethical conflicts are discussed. The problems of dual relationships, professional boundaries, and the power differential are given special consideration as they relate to the deaf community. Common elements of codes of ethics are reviewed; personal conduct and boundary issues are discussed. Issues of confidentiality and techniques for maintaining confidentiality are presented. A discussion of professional competence and a model for making ethical decisions completes the paper. (EMK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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