It happens more often than you would like to think—ethical dilemmas often have a cultural nuance that adds another layer to an already difficult situation.

It happens more often than you would like to think—ethical dilemmas often have a cultural nuance that adds another layer to an already difficult situation. Multicultural issues can certainly impact ethical decision-making and reasoning and vice versa. In this final assignment for the course, you will combine what you learned about navigating multicultural issues with what you learned about ethical standards and how they apply to real professional conflicts.

In this assignment, you will revise the Multicultural Case Study you created in Week 4 in response to the feedback you received from your instructor, and expand it to introduce an ethical dilemma stemming from the cultural conflict. Then, you will use research, industry best practices, and professional guidelines to plan ways to resolve the ethical dilemma. You will also evaluate the practical usefulness of ethical decision-making models.

Note: If you have not already done so, please review the course project information to understand how all the course assignments interconnect.

Instructions

To complete this assignment:

  • Imagine a case involving an ethical dilemma involving cultural conflicts that could occur in your psychology specialization. It is recommended that you base the case study for this assignment on the one you developed in the Unit 4 assignment, Multicultural Case Study, with revisions in response to the feedback you received from your instructor. However, if you wish, you may create an entirely new case study that meets the criteria for this assignment. Again, while your case will be fictional, it must be entirely believable and realistic. To create an effective resolution, reflect on your responses to the discussion questions in this course and review the recommendations made on your posts by peers.
  • Download and use the Final Case Study Template from the Resources. Do not submit a paper for this assignment. Papers will not be graded. You will complete this assignment by replacing all language that is enclosed with brackets […] in the PowerPoint with your own words. As in the previous assignments, you may enhance the design of the presentation to make it more effective. Again, links to tips for using PowerPoint and how to design effective presentations are provided in the Resources section.

Your PowerPoint should include the following:

  1. Title slide: On the first slide of the PowerPoint:
    • Enter a descriptive title of approximately 5–15 words that concisely communicates the heart of the case study. It should stir interest while maintaining professional decorum.
    • Enter your name, and a job title and organization that would fit with your case study. Like the case study itself, these last two elements may be fictional.
  2. Case Study Overview slides: Provide the briefest possible narrative description of the case. Additional supporting details and references can be added in the notes section below the slide. The overview should include:
    • The professional setting of the case, based on your psychology specialization.
    • The relationship that exists between you and the other person(s) involved. Some possible examples may be:
      • Professor—Student.
      • Therapist—Patient.
      • Colleagues.
      • Consultant—Business.
      • Clinical Supervisor—Student intern.
      • Professional Supervisor—Employee.
    • A very brief summation of an ethical dilemma involving cultural conflicts.
  3. Main Points of Cultural Difference slides: On the table provided, list side by side the main cultural identities from the Hays model, relevant to the case study conflict, of yourself and another person, agency, or institution in the case study.
    • If more than one person, agency, or institution is involved in the case, make a copy of this slide for each one, to compare yourself to all others involved.
    • In the notes section:
      • Identify common concerns with each cultural identity. Be careful to avoid using stereotypes.
      • Analyze how cultural differences contributed to the conflict in this case.
      • Identify two relevant biases you have or had, and at least one strategy for improving your cultural competency around each of those biases.
      • Note: This slide may be reused from the Unit 4 assignment, but if you received suggestions for improving it, be sure to revise it.
  4. Ethical Concerns slides: Bullet point the three or more ethical concerns in the case. Additional supporting details and references can be added in the notes section below the slide. Be sure to link to elements of the code.
  5. Ethical Standards: Strengths and Weaknesses slides
    • Select a different professional code of ethics than you used in your previous assignment. Links to all ethical codes from the related health fields are in the syllabus.
    • Enter bullet points outlining analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the ethical standards as they apply to your case. Include citations to relevant portions of the ethics code that you selected and citations of relevant readings and research.
  6. Comparison of Ethical Reasoning Model slides: In the first row of the table provided, enter the names of two ethical reasoning models that you think would be the most appropriate for the situations in the case. You must use at least one different ethical reasoning model than you used in your previous assignment. In the following rows, enter comparisons of the relevant features of the two models. In the notes section, evaluate which model provides a more functional framework for your case and explain why. (Note that ethical reasoning models and ethical decision-making models are two different things. Please make sure that are applying, comparing, and contrasting two ethical reasoning models).
  7. Ethical Decision-Making Model slides
    • Use a different ethical decision-making model than you used in your previous assignment.
    • Identify each step in the model and apply them to your case. Under each step of the model, describe how to apply it to the case.
    • Incorporate multicultural issues presented in the case study within the selected ethical decision-making model.
    • Add copies of this slide as needed, and combine steps on the slides as necessary or appropriate. In the notes section, write out supporting narrative details for your bullet points. (Note that ethical reasoning models and ethical decision-making models are two different things. Please make sure that are applying the steps of the ethical decision-making model to your case).
  8.   Best Practices for Working With [Cultural Identity] slides:
    • Identify a best practice for working with a cultural identity in this case. Citation requirements: You must cite best practices from at least three scholarly research articles. You may cite reputable sources form Web sites, books, textbooks, and assigned resources as well, but these will not count toward the three required scholarly research references.
    • Analyze, briefly, how the best practice could help you navigate this particular relationship and conflict.
    • Describe, the notes section, the best practice in more detail, and elaborate as needed on your analysis of how the best practice could help you navigate the relationship and conflict.
    • Note: This slide may be reused from the Unit 4 assignment, but if you received suggestions for improving it, be sure to revise it.
  9. Proposed Resolution slide: Use bullet points to summarize your proposed resolution to the ethical dilemmas in the case. In the notes section, write out supporting narrative details for your bullet points.
  10. Influence of Culture slide: Use bullet points to highlight the ways culture shaped this case, and your response to those cultural elements. In the notes section, write out supporting narrative details for your bullet points.
  11. Conclusion slide: Summarize the main lessons learned in this case study in a brief bulleted list.
  12. References slides: Use current APA style and formatting guidelines.

Assignment Requirements

  • Written communication: Should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Format: Use the Final Case Study Template provided in the Resources. Use current APA style and formatting guidelines as applicable to this assignment.
  • References: 10 scholarly research articles that can include those used in previous assignments.
  • Length of PowerPoint: A minimum of 12 slides.
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