Write a case study in which you 1.) describe the ethical dilemma in terms of relevant professional ethics code and issues of cultural competency

Write a case study in which you 1.) describe the ethical dilemma in terms of relevant professional ethics code and issues of cultural competency and 2.) provide an ethical decision making plan.


5 FULL pages, double-spaced, 1-inch margins all around.




Your case study will be graded using the following criteria: 


  • (20 points) Writer clearly identified the ethical dilemma(s) including conflicting factors, dimensions, and variables included in the professional dilemma. The dilemma was described in relationship to ethical standards, laws, and professional ideas or aspirations.W


  • (20 points) Writer proposed the action it would take including having:
  • clearly articulated professional interventions
  • persuasive justification for proposed action
  • a description of the professionally recognized decision-making model or process used to arrive at decisions.


  • (15 points) Writer cited appropriate sections of ethical guidelines considered in rendering their arguments. In addition, writer provided a clear rationale regarding selected sections of the ethical guidelines cited.


  • (15 points) The steps of the writer’s decision-making model were clearly followed and skillfully applied to the case.


  • (20 points) Writer presented a thorough yet concise paper addressing details of the case and
  • the case study included proper citation of sources throughout the paper and in the reference list
  • the case study paper was well organized and written, and information was presented clearly and concisely.


  • (10 points) The writer cited appropriate scholarly literature relevant to solving the ethical dilemma.



“Aisha” is 43-year-old African American woman who has been in treatment for the past 4 years. Aisha’s presenting problems include suicidal intentions due to her depressive mood. Aisha has a young son, Josh, who is also in treatment because she fears that her depressive spells have negatively impacted her son. He struggles in school with behavioral problems and has poor peer relationships. Aisha is a single mother and often struggles to make ends meet financially. Aisha also struggles with mental resources available to raise her son and attend to all his needs, such as getting him to school and therapy sessions on time and in a consistent manner. Over the course of time in psychotherapy, Aisha’s therapist realized that she exhibits bipolar criteria, meaning that she has prolonged periods of depressed mood. During a depressive episode, Aisha made a failed suicide attempt. When her therapist inquired about her motive behind her suicide attempt, Aisha reported that she felt as if her son would be better off without her. She reported that she feels that she cannot do anything right and was not worthy of the time and love of others.

Overtime Aisha has recovered from her depressive mood and has a more positive outlook on life despite having the same challenges financially. Aisha is currently seeing a physician on a regular basis. She expressed interest in losing weight to her physician, and as a result he prescribed to Aisha a weight-loss pill that contains amphetamines. Aisha’s therapist assumes that her physician is unware of her mental health condition, otherwise he might not have prescribed amphetamines which is known to worsen psychosis (unusual thoughts or behavior), especially if you have a history of depression, mental illness, or bipolar disorder.

After four years of therapy, Aisha has communicated to her therapist that she would like to stop treatment. As her therapist, you have concerns about her safety and the safety of her son.  What would be the best approach?


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