Your task in the interactive exercise is to apply an ethical-decision making model to a scenario that presents a dilemma involving more than one ethical standard.

Directions for applying the Ethical Decision-Making Model.

  1. Read the scenario.
  2. Assess the case details. What are the important factors in the scenario that contribute to the ethical dilemma?
  3. Separate the practical considerations from the ethical considerations. Which factors are practical concerns rather than ethical issues?
  4. Select the relevant ethical standards.
  5. Consider the possible courses of action to resolve the ethical dilemma. We provide two options.
  6. Consider the possible positive and negative outcomes of the course of action.

Enter your answers onto the form and click the "Send" button to compare them to our answers.

Scenario #2:

Lee Chan works at a not-for-profit advocacy center where she provides support to victims of abuse and neglect.  Her newest case, Lisa Yueng, is posing a challenge.  Lisa is a nineteen-year-old immigrant who lives with her father, sisters, and two aunts and uncles in a Southeast Asian neighborhood of Los Angeles.  They suffered greatly in their country of origin, and Lisa feels it is her duty as the oldest daughter to keep her family together in America at all costs.  Yet one of Lisa's uncles molests her and Lisa knows that he is harming her.  She has lost her appetite and is rapidly losing weight.  A nutrition counselor at the community center referred Lisa to Lee Chan.  Lee would like Lisa to reveal who is harming her but, like the rest of her family, her uncle has no green card, and Lisa is terrified that an official report of this crime will trigger his deportation, which would make the whole family turn against her.  Lee Chan wants to be supportive so she does not encourage Lisa to report the molestation but does convince her to enter therapy.  Lee Chan continues to meets with Lisa on a regular basis.

Part 1: Assess case details.

What would you identify as the five most significant details of this case?


Part 2: Separate practical considerations from ethical considerations.

What would you identify as the top three practical considerations of this case?


Check the boxes (at least three) next to what you believe are the top ethical considerations of this case.

1.1:    Understand legal responsibilities.

1.2:    Accurate representation of credentials.

1.3:    Professional conduct.

1.4:    Professional competence.

1.5:    Advanced notice of fee for services.

2.1:    Respect for relationships with colleagues and other professionals.

2.2:    Sharing knowledge with colleagues and encouraging proficiency.

2.3:    Contribute to the improvement of systems that impact victims.

3.1:    Protect victim's civil rights.

3.2:    Primary responsibility is the interests of person served.

3.3:    Refrain from victim blaming.

3.4:    Right to self-determination.

3.5:    Confidentiality of information.

3.6:    Avoid conflict of interest.

3.7:    Termination of a professional relationship.

3.8:    Dual relationships and boundary issues.

3.9:    Do not discriminate.

3.10:  Referrals for colleagues in need of assistance to cope with trauma.

4.1:    Report misconduct to the appropriate authorities.

Part 3: What are the potential upsides of the following courses of action? What are the potential downsides?


Lee Chan arranges for Lisa to enter group counseling for sexual assault victims. When the other members of the group learn that Lisa continues to be molested, they convince her to move out of the house into her grandmother's home. With trauma counseling, Lisa begins to rebuild her life.

Positive outcome:

Negative outcome:


After several months of counseling, Lisa confronts her uncle and tells him that if he ever touches her again, she will report him to the police. He stops touching her.

Positive Outcome:

Negative Outcome:
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