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HUS 510: Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services: Module 3: Theoretical Framework 1

HUS510 Mod 3 Video

Theories of Ethical behavior

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  • Ethical theories kept simple
  • Philosophy-Ethics: Utilitarianism
  • Kantian Ethics

Mod 3 Readings HUS 510

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Mod 3 HUS 510 Discussion & Essay


After reading Case #20 (see below), you will

Submit a 2-4-page paper that analyzes ethical theories. The conflicting issues in this case study are: agency survival verses creative grant writing. Compare the Kantian and Utilitarianism ethical approaches to this case issue. Presuming you were in Lori’s shoes, provide a clear discussion of your proposed course of action including a which ethical theory you would utilize to guide your response to this ethical dilemma? Utilize the course SLU values (integrity and community) and two standards from the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professional to defend your course of action.

You will also submit a Discussion (see bottom of this column for more information)


Case Twenty: "Creative" Grant Writing for Survival (See link, above or use the link in D2L)


Lori, the new Executive Director, is concerned about getting enough funding for her addiction recovery non-profit. Funding is not as available as it has been in the past, as most grant providers are changing their focus from therapeutic to punitive and medical approaches. Lori faces the dilemma of changing her organization’s mission in order to get more grant money or upholding their current therapeutic-based mission, increasing fundraising, and potentially reducing their services. This case study lesson examines the ethics of grant writing and analyses relationships between the Executive Director, board, and staff members.


You will identify the ethical conflict in this scenario and create a solution for what the Executive Director should do. You will make an argument for your solution, using one of the ethical theories. Then you will utilize another ethical theory to make an argument against your solution, and discuss with your classmates.

Learning Goals

  • Use ethical theories to analyze a real world scenario
  • Analyze the purpose and challenges of grant writing
  • Determine the best potential solution and evaluate it
  • Determine the least intrusive intervention or treatment option for the clientele

Learning Objective

At the end of this case lesson you will have a greater understanding of the complexities of funding an organization while also staying true to its mission through identifying the ethical conflict in this case.

Other Resources:

  • Mayers, R. S., Schoech, D., & Soufle╠üe, F. (1994). Dilemmas in Human Services Management: Illustrative Case Studies. New York: Springer Publishing Company. Access the case study through the Saint Leo University library. 
    NOTE: the course LibGuide has a direct link to the case study.
  • Ethical Standards for Human Services ethical code.


Discussion Statement 1:

Share the conclusion and the corresponding ethical theory you created in the case study. Utilizing another ethical theory, make an argument against your conclusion.

Respond to two peers with scholarly support.