Essay on Professional Use of Self and Ethical Practice

Published: 2021-07-05
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The Mexican American is the client in two situations. One, he confesses that he was an affair and he is running for a Senate. In this case, therapist has the medical information about the Mexican American politician. The history of the politician may change opinions of the electorate if there is little care on information sharing.

The Mexican American politician has both ethical and legal issues following his past habit of abusing the drugs. First, the politician has confessed to the therapist about his affairs. However, his boy is angry with him and he may reveal all the secrets in the papers. Second, if the son reveals all the information about his father in the papers, he will compromise with the confidential information about his father. Third, the law enforcement agencies may follow up on the Mexican American politician regarding violating the laws.

Often, the release of patient information to the third party compromise with the individual privacy rights. The therapist may have to release the information about the Mexican American to the law enforcement body because his integrity in questionable.

The Mexican politician has to resolve the matter with his son to avoid the arm of the law. It is a fact that the Mexican politician is dropping the affair and that he need to help the son cope with the new trend of life. The son may reveal the information in the papers and reduce his fathers chances of winning the elections. The drug abuse is illegal in the U.S as a result, solving the issue in time reduce the conflicts with laws (Miley et al.2016). Besides, the release of medical information to the public regarding the Mexican American politician may attract criminal investigation. The criminal investigation is likely to unveil other issues. For example, during the criminal investigations, the family members may lose their privacy.

The family practitioner has to settle the differences in the Mexican family, to avoid the release of unnecessary information to the therapist. The 18 years son need medical help because of drug abuse and thus his medical diagnosis needs to remain confidential. The family practitioner needs to ensure that the dignity of the family members is preserved during the therapy. As a result, the therapist has to handle specific information that will help improve the health of the 18-year-old son. The family members have to understand how to protect ethics and dignity during the medical procedures.

Among the Hispanic population, the substance abuse is rampant. However, many barriers hinder medical help among the Hispanic. For example, some of the Hispanic immigrants do not understand English and hold stigma about drug abuse (Florez, et al.2015). The demand from workplace does not allow time to treat drug addicts. Some of the immigrants are undocumented and therefore fear to seek medical help because they want to avoid the immigration authority. Additionally, the number of persons that need medical attentions because of drug abuse among the immigrants is huge and thus the waiting list can be too long. For decades, some of the programs do not admit illegal immigrants because the law prohibits illegal immigrations (Florez, et al.2015). The immigrants find the U.S environment very competitive and too harsh to cope. For example, some of the immigrants lack insurance cover and thus the medical procedures become expensive. The immigrants use drugs to cope with life in the U.S and therefore it is hard to regulate.


Florez, K. R., Derose, K. P., Breslau, J., Griffin, B. A., Haas, A. C., Kanouse, D. E., ... & Williams, M. V. (2015). Acculturation and drug use stigma among Latinos and African Americans: An examination of a church-based sample. Journal of immigrant and minority health, 17(6), 1607-1614.

Miley, K. K., O'Melia, M. W., & DuBois, B. L. (2016). Generalist social work practice: An empowering approach. Pearson.

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