Reflecting on the Process

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:

Series: SSWAA Workshop Series

Reflecting on the Process

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After the decision has been made, it is important to monitor the situation; evaluate the course of action; depending upon its success, re-engage in ethical decision making; and reflect on the ethical decision making process. When mistakes are made, practitioners should acknowledge the error, apologize, and act to remedy the situation. Practitioners should also be aware of three social psychological phenomena that can negatively impact collaborative decision making including: risky shift, conformity to authority, and information influence. These dangers can be surmounted by promoting independent thinking, instructing personnel on group think phenomena, reducing power differentials, and attending to symptoms of group think during meetings.

Keywords: ethical monitoring; group think; management of mistakes; error; reflection

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