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Principles of Ethics Which ethical model is truly ethical Wayne Dyer said Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules This quote rings true across all fields of profession especially rehabilitation Why must we follow a code of ethics and not just a list of rules Ethics are a set of standards by which an individual or a particular group decides to regulate its behavior to distinguish between what is legitimate or acceptable in pursuit of their aims and what is not As a professional it is important to follow ethics to consider what is right and what is the correct behavior in a given situation When merely following rules one does not necessarily consider these things What is ethical must be a rule but a rule may not be ethical A code of ethics are needed in the field of rehabilitation so we do not confuse rights with right and that we dont let what we think of as our rights lead us to hurt others There are five principles that are the core of ethics Beneficence applies to promoting the welfare of clients nonmaleficence is to prevent harm to clients autonomy is to respect clients freedom to make their own decisions fidelity applies to keeping promises or commitments that are stated or implied justice is treating clients fairly Since the priority given each is determined by the situation no principle always takes precedence over another Rehabilitation counselors need to know these five principles in order to help them choose which ethical model to use in their client relationship These ethical models are the paternalistic model contractual model educational model and deliberative model The paternalistic model casts the provider in the role of decision maker The paternalistic approach is reflected in the Hippocratic Oath where one swears to benefit the sick and keep them from harm but there is nothing in the oath about respecting their rights Providers
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