Running head: COLLABORATING WITH HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONALS 1 u05a1 Collaborating With Human Services Professionals Caitlin Boyd COUN5217 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling 2/16/2020 Nicole Arcuri
Running head: COLLABORATION SCENARIO 2 Collaborating With Human Services Professionals When working with a client that comes in for therapy, there will often be situations that necessitate communication and collaboration with personnel from multiple disciplines, such as social workers, child counselors, and psychologists. This integrated approach is effective in that they all have complimentary areas of expertise, with each discipline affording their unique, salient skills and knowledge, which become even more valuable to the welfare of a client when coupled with those of the other disciplines. Forming a multidisciplinary team is a constructive way to mediate complicated legal and ethical issues in cases that may extend beyond the client of any one profession, as will be examined in this document (Remley and Hirlihy, 2016). Each professional works from a specific code of ethics and distinct scope of practice. Despite working towards a common goal, they all assume specific roles and functions that ultimately foster better continuity of care for their client(s). Additionally, multidisciplinary teams function as a cohesive unit to decide how to best address cardinal ethical and legal issues that violate state laws and professional codes of ethics. This paper also aims to elucidate how integrated teams identify ways to overcome institutional barriers that may potentially impede client goals and objectives. Roles and Functions of Professionals Jane, the social worker in the scenario, functions as the evaluator of the social and environmental factors of the client’s, and, in this case, the client’s children (Zerden, Lombardi, and Jones, 2019). Jane’s role is to ascertain if the client’s children are in a physically and psychologically safe environment. If given reason to believe they’re not, she is obligated to extend her concerns to other professionals, like teachers and therapists, to garner more information. Collaboration may help determine if subsequent legal or ethical actions need to take
Running head: COLLABORATION SCENARIO 3 place, such as calling Child Protective Services (CPS), as she is a Mandatory reporter under Michigan state law (Michigan Counseling License, 2020). The child therapist’s role is similar in an important shared goal- looking out for the children’s welfare- but their main function is to evaluate the appearances (do they look malnourished, bruised, disheveled, ect), behaviors, and attitudes of the client’s 3 children. They
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