Please read the vignette below and respond to the following questions. You MUST apply an appropriate ethical decision making model from Bersoff or apply another ethical decision making model which you may prefer (e.g., Canadian Psychological Association; NASP, etc.). Use the steps of the decision making model to discuss your decision making process.
These responses should normally be three (3) to five (5) pages in length, and must explicitly use a decision making model to demonstrate understanding of the application of the ethical principles. It is not enough to just name a decision-making model; you must walk through the steps in your discussion.
It is rare for an ethical dilemma to involve only one issue, so you should take the time to reflect on the complications that present themselves in the situations described in the vignette.
1. A brief summary of the case.
2. A description, and application of each step in your chosen decision making model. The several applicable ethical principles should be cited by name and number from the ethics code. The APA Ethics code should always be cited from its original publication or current APA publication NOT from your text.
3. Discuss relevant ethical standards.
4. Answer the questions posed by the vignette.
Vignette: The Inpatient
You have been working with a patient for a few weeks, when she comes to her appointment in an agitated state. You decide to refer her to an inpatient facility because her behavior has become very unreliable. She is not overtly suicidal or homicidal. When you call the facility the next day to check on her status, the hospital will neither confirm nor deny that she is a patient there. You have a generic release form that she signed when you started working with her a couple of weeks previously.
Please address the following questions (note: see additional question below):
Can you use the previously signed form to get information about your client?
Can you fax the release form to the clerk at the hospital?
ADDITIONALLY: Prior to your decision to refer her for inpatient treatment, the client was engaged in abusing prescription medication. She was taking the Xanax that her physician had prescribed for her much more quickly than the prescribed dosage. In fact, she had taken 17 mg in the 30 hours prior to admission. She should have only taken 2.5 mg.
Please also address the following question: