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Knowing Yourself and Your Professional Responsibilities

James C. Raines and Nic T. Dibble

in Ethical Decision Making in School Mental Health

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199735853
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735853.003.0001

Series: SSWAA Workshop Series

Knowing Yourself and Your Professional Responsibilities

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Ethics requires self-knowledge on the part of the ethical agent. This self-knowledge can be broken down into three categories. Knowing one's own ethical orientation means understanding whether you subscribe to deontological ethics, consequentialist ethics, virtue ethics, the ethics of care or some combination of the above. Knowing one's values means understanding how your values translate into ethical principles. Knowing one's countertransference issues means understanding the concordant and complementary identifications with either the client or a caregiver. Consistent caring is possible only by using a combination of empathy and unconditional positive regard for the clients. Finally, school-based practitioners must be completely familiar with their professional code of ethics as well as the relevant laws that govern their professional practice in the schools.

Keywords: consequentialist ethics; deontological ethics; empathy; ethics of care; positive regard; use of self; virtue ethics

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