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HUS 510: Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services: Module 2: What is Ethics?


What is Ethics?

The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission and deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff, and students pledge to be honest, just, and consistent in word and deed.

Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve.


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Discussion Assignment

Discussion 1:

The Ethical Standards for Human Service Professionals provides a framework for human service practitioners. Discuss how the SLU core values are connected to the ethical code with clear examples. Using the ethical code and SLU core values, discuss how a practitioner can demonstrate respect for professional ethical boundaries.

Craft an ethical statement for your human service organization.

Discussion 2:


Jane is a new human services worker with a community based caseload. During the orientation process, leaders address the importance of maintaining client confidentiality and how to properly store client information (both in the office and while in the community).

Confidentiality is an ethical standard (STANDARDS: 3, 8, and 9). Discuss how a human service practitioner can create boundaries that protect client confidentiality. If you were the leader in this scenario, what three ways would you advise Jane to protect client confidentiality?