Part One
Ethical leadership has never been more important to multidisciplinary human services organizations than it is now. The context of a rapidly changing society, with the human service delivery systems increasingly moving to the private sphere, has had a dramatic effect on the funding and provisions for human services. Economic and social well-being of individuals, families, and community—the public “good”—in part rests squarely on the capacities of the human services sector. Learning more about the essence of leadership, dual responsibilities of the ethical leader, practical ethics, and various dimensions of ethical leadership will be the focus of this discussion.
In this discussion, analyze and explain your thoughts about the multidimensional approach to ethical leadership. What areas are your strengths? What areas need additional knowledge, skills, or understanding? What is missing from the framework that would enhance the moral and ethical functions of leadership?
Also, Briefly answer:

  • The role of multidisciplinary ethical leadership you see in your professional development.
  • Your ethical leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Discussion 2.1
Multidisciplinary ethical leadership of human services delivery systems brings forward many complex ethical challenges that are located in a particular context: the organization. The moral nature of human services organizations is multidimensional, with responsibilities to consumers, employees, and society. These organizations symbolize society’s duties to attend to the well-being of citizens and to provide a safety net for those who are unable to take care of themselves. It will be important to understand the unique ethical nature and characteristics of human services organizations for this discussion.
Analyze and explain your thoughts about multidisciplinary ethical decision making within an organization.

  • How does your decision making integrate with ethical guidelines?
  • To what principles do you commit through your decision making?
  • What are your personal and professional examples that reflect this commitment?

Discussion 2.2
NOHS Ethical Code
The NOHS ethical code is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of human services ethical leaders. The goals of the ethical code would be to strengthen and unify the profession, promote the development of human services practice, and advance sound social policies. Consider the most recent version of the NOHS ethical code as you participate in this discussion.

  1. What are one or two principles that should be developed and codified for multidisciplinary organizational and community practitioners that are not currently in the code?
  2. What is the nature of the ethical issue or duty you have chosen? What specific codes would apply to your professional expectations?
  3. How do you work with conflict of interest and confidentiality guidelines in your appropriate situation?
  4. What are the ethical guidelines when using technology to access and report data and information?
  5. How does the contemporary literature address this issue or issues? Use the Capella University Library or Internet to find this literature.

Reminder: This is the only ethical code you should be referencing in this course.