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that reason, knowing, understanding, and practicing the ethics of the
agency and the profession are absolute musts. Ethical conduct means that
we don't manipulate the truth to make ourselves look better as workers.
It means that we function in a way that models the highest ethical
standards for clients. It assumes knowledge and agreement with the ethics
of the agency and the profession. In matters of ethical conduct,
competency-based objectives might read as in the following paragraph.
Ethics Objectives “The agency expects workers to know the policies
of the agency and to abide by them. Those policies that deal with ethical
issues are particularly important. A set of rules spelling out unethical
behavior are provided in the policy manual of the agency and have been
developed because of past problems encountered by the agency. For that
reason, workers who conduct social and/or sexual relationships with cli-
ents will be terminated immediately. Workers who sexually harass other
workers, clients, staff, or supervisors, if found responsible for that conduct
by a sexual harassment committee of the agency, will face disciplinary
actions which might include termination. Workers who share confidential
material with non-professionals, unaffiliated members of the agency, or
others who have no right to know the information, will be terminated.
Workers who take files out of the agency without permission will be
terminated. Workers who take agency property or make unauthorized
long-distance calls must pay the agency back and will be subject to other
disciplinary actions described in the policy manual. The agency accepts
the ethical policies of the professions employed by the agency and expects
workers at all times to abide by the ethical standards of their profession. If
the standards of the agency conflict with those of the worker's profession,
the worker should discuss those conflicts with their supervisor and seek
acceptable resolution.”
Competent Practice
While competent practice can be affected by many variables including
the seriousness of the client's problem, client motivation, and worker
preparation to work with certain types of psychosocial problems, agencies
need to have expectations of competent practice. If they don't, how can
anyone judge the quality of the service provided? For this reason use of a
measure to determine whether the primary goals of treatment have been
achieved in a timely manner is suggested. Goal attainment scales with sin-
gle subject designs or common psychological
instruments to measure
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