Individual Ethical Case Analysis The definition of ethics is shown in a dictionary.Complete an analysis of an ethical issue using the following steps: Choose an ethical issue in human services that you find personally challenging. Your paper should be concise yet complete. Describe the case and the context in narrative form. Give enough information so that those of us reading it can imagine ourselves actually being there. (Note: See the cases in the class modules for examples of how to write a case description.) Define the ethical problem. Develop a dilemma statement using a ___________ v.__________ format. Gather information. Drawing from each side of the dilemma statement, research the information needed to make a complete and informed ethical decision. Determine applicable ethical theories and principles. Select a theory or theories and a set of principles that are congruent with your agency, your profession, and your personal values and use these to guide your thinking. Review the NOHSE code. Determine any aspects of the NOHSE code that are applicable to your dilemma and list them. Determine personal values and biases. Explore your personal values hierarchy (framework) and determine how this may impact on your perception of the problem, your consideration of your client and/or client system, and the options you might consider. It is important to recognize any personal biases that might affect decision making. Share your thoughts in your essay. Consider the values of the affected system. These may include the client and the client’s support network, the agency (both formal and informal), the community, the program, and those of the broader society. Discuss how these may support one another as well as any obvious conflicts. Define and consider options. Using all of the information, define several options for action. Using a cost-benefit or other way of prioritizing options, consider each option, eliminating the least beneficial. Analyze those remaining in depth. Select an option. From the several possibilities you have considered in depth, select the one that maximizes benefits to all involved and explain your reasoning. Briefly outline a plan for implementation. Method adapted from: Rothman, J. (2005) From the front lines: student cases in social work ethics. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.