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and child wishes, the child’s adjustment to home and school, relationship with caregiver orparent, and the mental and physical well-being of all that are involved with the assessment. Dr.Balance did notice the relationship between the father and child adequate rapport. Culture and Social OrientationsFor this case the culture and social factors that could be possibilities for this case are that the child is multiracial, the mother suffers from a mental illness, and the father wants full custody. The therapist working with multiracial families during child custody cases would need to be aware of their attitudes, beliefs and the culture of the family. When evaluating the child, thetherapist should understand the multiracial children tend to receive social disapproval from family members and experience identity crisis. In this case, the child feels more comfortable withthe father’s ethnicity and the father can teach the child how feel accepted in the world the is predominate to the father race. As for the mother, her family probably shamed her for have a
DEMYSTIFYING ETHICS OF CHILD CUSTODY11multiracial child in which she does not want to take part in the assessment since she would think that the Dr. Balance would be prejudiced towards her. Another factor to consider in this case that the mother suffers from a mental illness. The illness could be the reason that the father would want to divorce that he can no longer deal with the outcome of her disorder and wanted to protectthe child from her. Parents with mental health issues are at an increased risk of not gaining custody of their child. For this reason, being that most individuals with mental illness are constant in and out the psychiatric treatment, substance abuse, little to no work history, and living in poverty. For the father to want full custody can lead to many factors including that men get paid more than women, so he is able to work and able to spend time with his child. The fatherhas support from sister, aunts or mother to help provide the mother aspect to the child since the child’s mother is not always available for the child. Eight Step Ethical Decision-Making ModelThe initial step of the eight-step ethical decision-making show incorporates decide if theissue genuinely includes morals. The circumstance must include a moral issue. The qualificationbetween poor expert and dishonest conduct may wind up blurred on the off chance that one feelssincerely included or enduring an onslaught. Begin with concentrating on recognizing thegeneral good or moral rule applies to the current circumstance. In this case, a hypothetical issuewhere Dr. Balance needed to make to a decision. I predict that it would have to be whenconsidering whether to pursue to meet with the mother or allow her to decline the assessment forthe child custody case. As client have the right to not to participate in assessments if they do notwant to but, in this case, Dr. Balance could have considered to talking to the mother about theoutcome if she does not participate in the assessment.