• Personal Values and Ethical Standards

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Personal Values and Ethical Standards

Instructor: XXXXX
Professional Ethics, And Legal Issues In Human Services

Comment on the developmental aspect of your personal values and ethics rather than on a particular position on any issue. Do this by defining your values, the sources (people, institutions, events, etc.) that helped shape your values, and the criteria and decision-making factors you use today to revise them as necessary. As I look back upon my life, I recognize that the major or basis of my value system has come from my parents. My parents divorced when I was five years old. My two older brothers and I lived with our Mother and we saw our Father weekly. Although they were divorced they both had a clear value system. And we as their children knew what was expected of us. Both of my parents raised us with Christian values. Not just to talk the talk but walk the walk. So much so that my parents prior to their divorce adopted my brother, he was their first child. He always knew he was adopted but also knew that he was loved and belonged with us. Education was of great import in our family. My Mother went back to college as a single working Mother. The fact that she did so, even though she was trying to raise three children on her own made quite an impression on me. A few years later, she got her Master’s Degree in Education Administration. We were instilled with values like: treat others like you want to be treated; to always tell the truth; share with others; you have to work hard to get ahead in life; you take care of family and respect your elders. Those were the basis of my value system. And as I grew my system evolved some. As I became exposed to different people, cultures and parts of the world, I found my value system expanding. All during childhood, I was quickly redirected as a young child by spanking and a long talk whenever I strayed...
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