Professional and Objective Ethical Practices in Human Services

For this assignment, assume you are a professional responsible for supervision. Human services organizations provide a myriad of services, ranging from early childhood services, to food services in impoverished communities, to mental health services in private facilities. Recognizing that you may serve as leader of an organization or program providing many services, you will know that the culture of the service recipients will play a significant role in how you perform your profession and, in particular, how you comply with ethical standards and resolve ethical conflicts that arise as dilemmas in human services.

It is not uncommon for human services professionals to think that all social and health problems are pretty much the same, no matter what the service recipient’s culture—but there are differences. The diversity of most urban areas and many rural areas demands a thoughtful and effective response from leaders in human services. Human services professionals need to consider their own cultural background and the extent that this background influences their performance in diversity community environments as well. Given the complexity of such circumstances, human services leaders must understand how best to deliver social and health services in cross-cultural environments. In addition, ethical dilemmas will arise, requiring the human services professional to resolve conflicts that ensure effective social resolution and effective service.

Finally, the human services professional may serve in a supervisory role in an organization, agency, or program. For-profit, nonprofit, and governmental services delivered by human services professional in each of these environments can add further complexity to the provision of services, since the ethical framework for organizations, agencies, and programs can be different. Furthermore, the jurisdictional environment (federal, state, county, and city) can directly affect the way one understands and interprets ethical norms.

The human service professional must resolve dilemmas, address diverse cultural circumstances and demands, understand ethical standards, and perform the services demanded of the professional. How well you are prepared, and how responsive you are to diverse social, professional, and organizational demands can have a powerful influence over your professional success.


For this assignment, look at leadership and managerial ethical dilemmas based on an understanding of the social service delivery ethical standards.

Complete the following:

  • Identify appropriate ethical standards for a chosen for-profit, nonprofit, or government agency delivering human services. Compare these standards to the human services professional association ethical code.
  • Analyze the appropriate ethical guidance for service personnel faced with cross-cultural conflicts.
  • Assess your understanding of methods for resolving ethical dilemmas.
  • Analyze social service delivery ethical standards in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Communicate information in a concise, balanced, and logically organized written manner, using appropriate grammar, punctuation, and syntax, as expected of graduate-level composition, while applying current APA guidelines.

Review the Professional and Objective Ethical Practices in Human Services Scoring Guide to verify you have addressed all the assignment requirements.

Submission Requirements

  • Structure: Submit a cover page stating your name, course title and number, and the date.
  • Length: Your essay must be at least 2,000 words long.
  • References: Use a minimum of 12 references and citations.
  • Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Use proper APA format for headings. In-text citations and references at the end of the paper must be in proper APA (current edition) style and formatting.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

Human Services

For this project, imagine you employed by your local United Way Office. You are asked to conduct a needs assessment to determine if your city’s after-school programs are currently meeting the needs of the families in your area. Using the steps of a needs assessment planning as a guide, describe how you would approach this needs assessment.


The project should explore the purpose of conducting a needs assessment including a description of the current situation/state of the city in the scenario (you can use information from your own city/town or or search for data regarding an city/town near your location), the desired situation/result of the city in the scenario (create a fictitious desired situation), and a clear statement of the need. After the need(s) is/are identified, the type(s) of need (as defined in the text) should be identified and defined. There should be a discussion of the information/data that would be gathered about the city/community when conducting a needs assessment. The community stakeholders should be identified as well.


After the above information has been presented, four different approaches should be applied to the scenario. The student will design a needs assessment using:

1. Exclusively secondary data

2. An Impressionist Approach

3. Community Survey

4. A combination of secondary data, impressionist approach, and community survey.

For each of the approaches, the data collection procedure should be discussed, estimates of the time and money required should be developed and discussed, and a thoroughly discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of the approach should be included.


The project should be 3  pages in length, supported by three scholarly sources cited and referenced in APA format.

Human Services

•What are your views on how nature (genetic and hereditary influences) and nurture (environmental influences) shape human development across the life span? Support your views with examples. •Which area has more impact on human development, and why? Discuss in terms of a global impact and specific issues such as personality development, intelligence, mental illness, substance abuse, and sexual identity. •How might your beliefs about nature versus nurture influence your future work in the human services field? For example, if an administrator at a community service board believes that mental illness is related to environmental stressors, how might this influence agency policy? What if the administrator holds the opposite belief—that mental illness can be attributed to primarily biological causes?