There are many benefits of working in a multidisciplinary team, but it also brings ethical challenges as a result of conflicting values and roles. This workshop will examine ethical issues as they apply to members of multidisciplinary teams. Ethical principles are the fundamental ground rules of decision-making, not just factors to consider. Any decision made in a case has ethical implications for the team and reflects the decision maker’s sensitivity and commitment to the team concept. Each member of a team that is affected by a decision will deal with the consequences of that decision. This concept reinforces our professional obligation to make all reasonable efforts to anticipate possible consequences and take reasonable steps to avoid unjustified harm to others. A decision making model will outline useful steps for team members to follow, allowing a consistent approach to dealing with the ethical dilemmas faced by a multidisciplinary team.
Identify and recognize essential steps for ethical problem solving in a multidisciplinary setting
Identify and analyze ethical issues, client’s rights, and confidentiality related to family violence cases
Examine privacy in a multidisciplinary setting and how to problem solve when team members are “not on the same page”