Paul comes to an agency with many difficulties and anxieties, one which is his antipathy toward interracial marriage. He expresses disappointment in his daughter and in himself as a father because of her engagement to a man of another race. Paul has gone as far as threatening to disinherit her if she marries this man. What the client does not know is that the social worker is in an interracial marriage as well. The therapist says she is willing to work with him but discloses that she herself is in an interracial marriage.
During the initial interview with the client the therapist expresses that she her self is in an interracial relationship. The correspondence between an individual’s values and the values of an organization can be called “person-organizational fit” or “congruence” ( Elango et al., 2010). The therapist expresses a part of her values when she states she is in an interracial relationship and asks if the client would still like her help. The therapist is fully disclosing in formation that might or might not determine a bad outcome. At all times the therapist must not engage in personal feelings towards the client.
There are seven steps with in the decision making model. The first step is to identify the problem. Paul is not very fond of interracial marriages is the major concern. Paul has also threatened to disown his daughter for this interracial marriage. The second step is to apply the dilemma to the ACA Code of Ethics. Interracial marriage debates have been going on for years.
This dilemma is more complex and a resolution within the Code of Ethics does not seem apparent. This requires further steps in the ethnical decision making process. The third step is to determine the nature and dimensions of the dilemma. In this case we have to consider that this is a racial issue. Paul is very racist and determines to disown his daughter for this.
Consequently as the therapist we have to focus on why Paul feels this way towards this race. When the therapist is able to distinguish why Paul feels this way then the therapist can help Paul to overcome this. The moral principles of autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence, justice, fidelity and veracity one of these needs to be applied to this situation. Autonomy gives Paul the ability to think independently. He knows he does not like interracial marriages however he still feels that he is a failure as a father due to his daughter’s judgment.
First Paul needs to understand that the decision that his daughters make has no apparent effect on him as a father and that his daughter is old enough to make choices on her own. Paul also needs to know that by threaten to disown his daughter will hurt him as a father and hurt her as a daughter which constitutes the nonmaleficence of this dilemma. As the therapist responsibility still remains with the client. Paul needs to know that the therapist will prove him help to the best of her interest. She will help him to may be overcome...