BHS-320 Week 2 Paraprofessional Self-Assessment Assignment

Complete the Paraprofessional Self-Assessment document.

*Note – The Paraprofessional Self-Assessment should be completed prior to writing the paper that is also due this week.

Topic 2: Paraprofessional Self-Assessment

Select the answer that most accurately reflects your views and what you would be most likely to do in the given situation. You may select more than one answer. This exercise will not be graded for right or wrong answers, but for completion. The purpose of this exercise is to provide an opportunity for you to learn, reflect, and discuss your answers with peers or your professor.

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  1. If you were working with a client who could no longer pay his fees to the agency, you would most likely:
    • Give him the money as long as it is only this one time.
    • Encourage the client to work out an arrangement with the agency.
    • Compile a list of other agencies that provide low fee services.
    • Go to the clinic director to see if fees can be reduced.
  1. If you had a client disclose a sexual attraction to you, you would:
    • Tell the client that those feelings are inappropriate.
    • Consult a supervisor.
    • Tell the client you feel the same way.
    • Refer the client to another paraprofessional.
  1. To deal with diverse clientele, practitioners will:
    • Most likely not understand their clients fully
    • Need to be sensitive to cultural differences between their clients and themselves
    • Probably be able to manage just fine after taking a diversity course
    • Probably need to take additional trainings and study on their own about diverse clientele with whom they are unfamiliar
  1. It is acceptable to release information about the client when:
    • The client consents to the disclosure.
    • The client threatens themselves.
    • The client threatens to hurt someone else.
    • An employer requests disclosure to determine the mental status of an employee without their consent.
  1. Each time Doug comes in to see you for your scheduled meeting he is spurting racial and homophobic slurs. His comments are often loud enough for other clients and staff to hear. You find his comments personally offensive. How would you handle this situation?
    • Let Doug know that his comments are offensive and if they continue he may need to be referred to another provider.
    • Discuss Doug’s behavior with him and try to understand the source of the comments to assess his awareness of how his comments may affect others.
    • Gossip about him behind his back.
    • Do not do anything.
  1. Susan is very distressed after finding out that her husband has been unfaithful and tells you that she is not sure if she can go on. In this situation, you would:
    • Consult with your supervisor
    • Conduct a thorough risk assessment
    • Commit Susan to a hospital until she is not a threat to herself
    • Try to talk Susan out of her suicidal thoughts
  1. Being an ethical practitioner mainly entails which of the following attributes?
    • Acting in accordance with organizational policy
    • Looking out for the welfare of clients
    • Avoiding obvious violations of the ethics code
    • Using your best judgment when ethical dilemmas arise
  1. Concerning the issue of touching for the paraprofessional, I think touching is which of the following choices?
    • Unwise because it could be misinterpreted by the client
    • Request should be considered on a case-by-case basis
    • An important part of the therapeutic process
    • Ethical when the client request it
  1. You get a request on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, from a client to friend or follow you. What would you do in this situation as an ethical practitioner?
    • Deny the request.
    • Accept the request for fear of hurting the client’s feelings.
    • Accept the request but tell the client they cannot post or comment on your posts, etc.
    • Deny the request and discuss with the client the reasons for your decision.
  1. If a client were to give you a gift, you would:
    • Genuinely thank them but decline the gift.
    • Accept it cheerfully.
    • Discuss the matter with my client.
    • Attempt to figure out the motive of the gift.
  1. If you were to have a supervisor behave unethically, you would:
    • First discuss the matter with the supervisor.
    • Go above the supervisor’s head.
    • Contact the board that licenses the individual.
    • Ignore the situation for fear of negative consequences.
  1. When faced with an ethical dilemma, the first step you would take is to:
    • Consult with a colleague.
    • Review the relevant ethics codes.
    • Identify the problem or dilemma.
    • Decide on what the best course of action would be.
  1. If you have strong negative or positive feelings toward a client, what would you do?
    • Accept my feelings unless they began to interfere with my relationship with the client.
    • Keep my feelings to myself.
    • Discuss these feelings with the client.
    • Discuss these feelings with a supervisor.
  1. Becky is quite distressed after finding out that her husband has been unfaithful and tells her counselor that she is so angry that she feels like killing him. In this case, what possible action(s) would you take?
    • Question Susan to determine whether she is likely to do physical harm to her husband.
    • Warn the husband that he is in potential danger.
    • Commit Susan to a hospital until she can overcome her anger.
    • Warn Susan that she can be arrested for making threats against her husband.
  1. If a client came in with values much different from your own, you would:
    • Not impose your values on the client.
    • Attempt to familiarize yourself with the client’s values so you may be effective in working with this client.
    • Refer the client to someone whose values are more consistent with the client’s values.
    • Tell the client at the outset about the possibility of conflicting values.
  1. An African American woman was interacting with her child in a domestic abuse shelter where she was overheard saying to her child, “Keep touching that and I’m going to whoop you.” The social worker who heard this statement should:
    • Immediately report the mother to the state’s child protection agency.
    • Talk to the mother about her frustrations and/or refer her to a counselor or case manager at the facility to discuss the matter further.
    • Recognize that what constitutes abuse in one culture may not be viewed as abuse in another culture and it is not reportable as abuse unless it is determined that the child is in danger.
    • Remove the child from the mother’s care until the mother can learn how to talk to her child with respect.
  1. A single father reports that he drank too much and harshly spanked his 3-year-old son when he would not stop screaming. The father feels terrible about the incident and asks you to get some help for him so that it will never happen again. Acting on the highest level of ethical functioning, you would:
    • Place the child in foster care until the father can learn to deal more constructively with his anger.
    • Consult with a colleague about referring the client to a treatment center.
    • Examine all the factors and special circumstances of this case before acting.
    • Immediately report the incident to the state’s child protection agency in order to protect the child.
  1. You have had a very hard day; a client is upset with you, a supervisor reprimanded you over an issue you do not feel was your fault, and you suspect a client is abusing a child. Your roommate or significant other asks you about your day. What do you say?
    • Discuss with that person a limited amount of information, because as long as you do not release any identifying information you are not violating confidentiality.
    • Say you cannot go into details but you have had a bad day and probably just want to stay in tonight.
    • Keep it all inside and say nothing.
    • Discuss the matter openly so your feelings do not get bottled up and you do not blow up later.
  1. You see a client outside of the office. What do you do?
    • Ignore the client because acknowledging that person could be a breach of confidentiality.
    • Say hello but keep your conversation short.
    • Say hello only if that person says hello first.
    • Report the matter to your supervisor.
  1. Engaging in a sexual relationship is likely grounds for dismissal from an agency and considered to be unethical for a paraprofessional because:
    • Of the power imbalance that occurs
    • This constitutes a favored relationship with one client over another.
    • Of the psychological and emotional impact on the client
    • Of the impact that terminating the relationship may have on the client and the likelihood of continuing treatment if a relationship ends

Course: BHS-320 Ethics of Behavioral Health Science
School: Grand Canyon University

  • 07/04/2019
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