Collaborating with Human Service Professionals

Collaborating with Human Services Professionals
Chassica B. Fraley
Capella University
COUN 5217
Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling
Dr. Katti Sneed
August 16, 2015

Collaborating with Human Services Professionals
​The Human Services field in a broad industry that presents many ethical and legal issues. Practitioners and other service workers hold the lives of many in their hands regarding the decisions made when providing care to those seeking and receiving services.   When collaborating with other human service professionals and providing a continuity of care, professionals are responsible for using sound, ethical professional judgment while conducting themselves in professional manners with integrity. Practitioners also have the responsibility of addressing and reporting unethical behavior and illegal activity.   Failure to effectively collaborate with others providing services, results in negative outcomes. The quality of the interactions impacts the service provided to the client, discrediting optimum health.
The mental health scatterdesk presents the case of a mother and three children. The family is currently seeking treatment and their needs have been identified, however no referrals have been made to appropriate community resources.   Consultation with other members of the healthcare community has not been initiated however there is a dire need to do so for this family of three.   The ethical and legal issues presented in this case relate to the care and welfare of the three children, and the mother’s abilities to provide for them.  
The Licensed Clinical Social Worker received a disturbing phone call that led her to believe that the mother was incapable to care for the children as she sounded and appeared to be disoriented. She immediately begins to think of the need to contact Child Protective Services.   Standard B.2.a., Serious and Foreseeable Harm and Legal Requirements, states that disclosure is required to protect clients or...