Human Services Competencies Questionnaire
You have been asked by your supervisor to help develop a questionnaire that will be used to determine the competencies of human service professionals applying for a position with your human service agency. Your supervisor has already developed five questions for the questionnaire listed below. You have been tasked to create five additional questions that will help address the following:
•The applicant’s method for handling ethical issues.
•The applicant’s plan for staying current in his or her area of expertise and for receiving continuing education.
•The applicant’s approach to boundaries and multiple relationships.
•The applicant’s commitment to multicultural competence.
After creating your five additional questions, your supervisor has asked that you test the questionnaire by creating complete and detailed responses, as if you were one of the professionals applying for the position, to all 10 questions.
Complete the questionnaire, utilizing complete and detailed responses, as if you were one of the professionals applying for the position by answering ALL 10 questions.
•How would you describe the purpose of boundaries within the field of human services?
•How do you know when someone is demonstrating multicultural competence?
•What is the first thing you do when faced with an ethical issue in your field of practice?
•Would you describe yourself as having professional competence? Why or why not?
•Which of the professional Codes of Ethics do you follow? How do you apply them to multiple relationships for human service workers?
Codes of Ethics and Decision-Making Models Comparative Charts and Response
Human services professionals often need to make ethical decisions when providing support to clients. There several Codes of Ethics established by various associations to guide human service professionals when they encounter these situations.
Research the organizations and their Codes of Ethics listed in the Code of Ethics Comparative Chart below.
Complete the Code of Ethics Comparative Chart by recording each association’s guidelines regarding responsibilities to their clients, limitations to confidentiality, cultural considerations, and other important themes.
Note: the last row in the chart is an opportunity for you to list your personal values towards responsibilities to their clients, limitations to confidentiality, cultural considerations, and other ethical considerations.
Code of Ethics Comparative Chart
OrganizationResponsibility to clientLimitations to ConfidentialityCultural ConsiderationsOther Important Themes
Organization of Human Services (NOHS)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Your Personal Values
Complete the Decision-Making Models Comparative Chart to compare three popular models of ethical decision-making approaches.
Decision-Making Models Comparative Chart
ModelsCharacteristics of the modelAdvantages of the modelDisadvantages of the model
Social constructionist model
Transcultural integrative model
Write a 300-word response in which you:
•Explain the role of ethics in the human services profession.
•Summarize how various codes of ethics and standards of practice apply to the field of human services.
•Explain which code of ethics and decision-making model resonates most closely with your personal and professional values.
•How might these three factors impact your effectiveness as a human services professional?
•Describe how you would use this code of ethics and decision-making model to help you when facing specific professional ethical
•Discuss why it is important to use an interdisciplinary approach in instances of ethical dilemmas.