Inside Family Therapy: A Case Study in Family Healing

Learning Objectives

  1. Define and differentiate between extrinsic and intrinsic harms and give examples of each kind.
  2. Describe the three problems that can make a case difficult and cite specific examples of each problem.
  3. Outline how the method of tracking harms works by describing its application to a case.
  4. Describe the goal of sorting out reasons for acting and identify the two factors that can complicate achieving the goal.
  5. Identify and describe the six kinds of reasons that can generally be provided for our acts and omissions.
  6. Identify and describe the four steps involved in systematically determining the method of doing what is ethical.
  7. Summarize three ethical theories.
  8. List the five distinguishing features of utilitarianism, deontology and virtue theories.
  9. Discuss the relationship between intervention and self‑determination.
  10. Identify the two conditions that must be satisfied if someone is to be autonomous.
  11. Outline the problems with the criterion of competence, appropriately informed and voluntarily deciding.
  12. Give an example of choosing between competing harms.
  13. Discuss conflicts with self-determination as a right and reasons for this right to be denied.
  14. Discuss the various types of possible relations with clients and identify the harms that can potentially occur in each relationship.
  15. Describe the various obligations a social worker has to serve a client competently.
  16. Discuss the obligations social workers have to their clients.
  17. Summarize the concept of drawing boundaries.
  18. Describe the virtues that social work practitioners should display with clients and colleagues.
  19. Discuss the special problems that arise when a social work practitioner thinks a client is making a mistake and refuses to follow the practitioner’s recommendations.
  20. Outline the problems that can arise in identifying who the client is in the therapeutic relationship with a social worker practitioner.
  21. Identify the various factors that can contribute to conflicts among social workers resulting in the potential for ethical problems.
  22. Describe how one social worker could put in doubt the professional competence of another social worker.
  23. Outline the competencies required to assess the competence of another social worker.
  24. Discuss the five steps that can lead to successful communication when communication has previously failed between colleagues.
  25. Describe the four possible outcomes when talking through a conflict does not result in complete agreement.
  26. Discuss the two sorts of problems that can arise when the concerns of professionals in different fields overlap.
  27. Describe the challenges that arise when professionals work together as peers and when professionals supervise one another.
  28. Identify the potential conflicts that may arise ethically for social work practitioners when they are also in the role of an agency director and indicate the steps he or she could use to make ethical decisions.
  29. Discuss the various internal and external ethical conflicts that may arise for social work practitioners and identify the key professional character traits discussed in the text.
  30. Describe the importance of professional discretion and clarity around agency goals.
  31. Differentiate between the potential ethical conflicts that may arise between agencies that are in competition versus those whom are engaged in cooperative endeavors.
  32. Describe the implications of a system as a whole being just or unjust and compare and contrast these implications with the implications of a particular act (or omission) within a system being just or unjust.
  33. Discuss the concept of Particular Justice and give a case example illustrating this concept.
  34. Summarize the Formal Principle of Justice and give relevant examples
  35. Summarize the Substantive Principles of Justice and state the series of three questions that must be asked and answered to force out the basis a person has for distinguishing people in terms of distributions and surfacing the substantive principle of justice being assumed so that it can be assessed.
  36. Using the text case study, “Still Waiting All This Time,” apply the Principles of Justice process to assess the case.
  37. Differentiate between Perfect procedural justice and Imperfect procedural justice.
  38. Describe the role of a social work practitioner in terms of their obligation to work for social justice.
  39. Summarize the concept of conditions of justice.
  40. Outline the concept of justice as a free transaction and describe the implications for social work practice.
  41. Outline the concept of justice as fairness and describe the implications for social work practice.
  42. Discuss alternative theories of justice and their impacts on social work practice.