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TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 25. Dual-Role Relationships within an Organization

Situation

Marlan Bethune, a sociologist who provides individual and group counseling for an Employee Assistance Program, comes into contact with most employees in the organization, since he not only provides counseling for substance abuse and marriage problems, but also provides skill assessments and wellness programs for all employees. He has been asked by the CEO to serve on the personnel committee in the decision making that will result in promotions and job eliminations.

(Modeled after case in Ethics for Psychologists, p. 50)

Questions

  1. Is Bethune's participation in the personnel committee appropriate? 
  2. What ethical dilemma does Bethune face if he did provide his insights about employees to the CEO and personnel committee?
  3. In this situation in which his professional obligation to his employer is in conflict with his professional role as a clinical sociologist, what are Bethune's options in this situation?

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