Ethical Decision Making: The Basics

Ethical Decision Making: The Basics 

The word “ethics” calls to mind heavy, philosophical conversations, but in reality we make ethical decisions every day. Most of these decisions are so straightforward we just think they are common sense. But sometimes we are faced with more complex situations in which the correct course of action isn’t clear. In these cases, it’s important to stop and think about things from an ethical perspective, even if you think you know what to do. This course provides you with some basic tools and concepts for ethical decision making in the workplace. It is not intended to replace guidelines established by your organization professional association. You should have a good working knowledge of your organization’s ethics code, and refer to it whenever you make an ethical decision.


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-EDMTB
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Define ethics and give some examples of ethical codes of conduct.
Describe common ethical challenges.
Apply ethical decision-making models when faced with an ethical dilemma.

Section 1: Introduction A) About this Course B) Learning Objectives Section 2: Ethical Standards A) Laws vs. Ethics B) Codes of Ethics C) The Limits of Ethics Codes D) The Ethical Dilemma E) Confidentiality F) HIPAA G) Professional Boundaries H) Summary Section 3: Ethical Decision-Making A) Ethical Principles B) Utilitarianism C) Rights Ethics D) Fairness or Justice E) Review F) Decision-Making Tool G) The Decision-Making Process H) PLUS I) Katy’s Dilemma J) What Happened Next? K) Applying the Model: Boundaries L) What Happened Next? M) Jarome’s Violation N) Applying the Model: Confidentiality O) Section Summary Section 4: Conclusion A) Summary

Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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