HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE – COLEMAN CAMPUS
This paper was prepared for Orientation to Social Services SCWK 1321 Taught by Professor Roxine Simms.
What Are My Personal Code Of Ethics?
Developing a personal code of ethics involves reflecting upon my personal moral principles, to discover what I believe to be the foundation of who I am and how these codes or ethics influence my relationships with people in every aspect of my life including my relationships with my clients. Ethics involve principles that shape the way we as Human Service Workers interact with our clients and allow us to provide the best quality of care that we can give. Staying true to my personal principles and building a good strong foundation to build personal ethics is absolutely necessary. This paper takes a look at my personal principles and ethics and compares my views to the views of professional Organizations. I will also discuss what qualities I value in other people and how they affect my career, while also learning about other cultures and other obstacles that could possibly get in my way and how I handle them. And finally, I will discuss how my personal ethics have changed and dramatically enhanced my life and how the Human Service Industry has saved my life. In order to understand how and why these principles are so important in shaping my ethics, I have included the importance of each principle as it pertains to me. What does Autonomy mean to me?
My personal definition of Autonomy is the way I am able to support and encourage my clients decisions and choices and not controlling their behaviors or changing their opinions or beliefs. This includes being able to help my clients recognize their personal choices and helping them move the healthy direction. What does no maleficence mean to me?
This means that I will in no way bring any harm to my clients. This involves being selfless, non-judging, and un-selfish so that I can always put my clients first no matter how difficult or different they may be or what my personal opinions may be. This is truly being able to be an “unconditional” Human Service Worker and give help to those in need regardless of race, sex, gender, religion, etc. What does beneficence mean to me?
This means that I will always be acting in the best interest of my client, and acting as their advocate as needed. This includes being able to prevent harm to my clients and also being able to remove any harm that they may already be experiencing in order to protect them. This requires the ability to weigh and measure possible benefits and risks. At times this can be difficult because there are those times that the clients families or even the client may disagree with what I'm advocating for. What does justice mean to me?
This means that I will absolutely never discriminate against any of my clients for any reason and I will always promote equality and fairness on their behalf. Giving each and every client the same respect, concern, time, and dignity they all deserve no matter what gender, age, race, economic status, religion or mental status is required in order to guarantee the best care that I can personally provide to them. What does fidelity mean to me?
Fidelity means that I will be able to create and maintain an honest and trust worthy relationship with every client. This is regarded as fundamental to understanding and handling ethical issues. This requires me to respect the client’s confidentiality and honor it as a building block to our relationship which builds trust and nourishes a genuine relationship with values. My integrity and my loyalness to my clients and my profession are key traits to fidelity. This principle is a major building block that builds strong, trusting and honest relationships. Seeing my client as a person in need no matter what race, gender, culture and even criminal background is the key to building trust and...