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Analyzing the Predicament

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/9780199735853.003.0002

Series: SSWAA Workshop Series

Analyzing the Predicament

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Analyzing the ethical predicament requires that school-based practitioners identify the major stakeholders, such as family members, school administrators, teachers, other pupil services providers, community professionals, and other students. It also means understanding the power dynamics within the organization. Third, it means deciding who is the primary client and who may occupy other roles such as supplicants, targets, and beneficiaries. Finally, it involves deciding which ethical values are in conflict. Many problems can be avoided by conducting an ethical orientation with clients and obtaining informed consent from parents and assent from minor students.

Keywords: assent; ethical orientation; informed consent; organizational power; primary client; stakeholders

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