As a human service professional, working with a client who enjoyed beating his/her spouse would greatly conflict with my personal values. From a personal perspective, this concept is difficult to understand and is hard to relate to as I have experienced the effects of physical abuse. It would be difficult to understand and assist an individual who felt they were in the right to commit these actions and felt it was the other persons fault for causing them. The reality of this scenario is human services can’t always pick and choose the client and the issues they are seeking help with. The code of ethics and ethical models assist human service professionals in dealing with personal confliction as to reach the end result of optimal self-sufficiency goals for the client.
Because every situation is different, ethical models and the code of ethics should be used as a platform for assistance. In this particular scenario, the social constructionist model may work the best in helping the client. According to Corey, Corey, and Callanan (2011), the social constructionist model removes the step-by-step constraints and approaches the manner as a more social interactive process, involving negotiating and coming to consciences ("Steps in Making Ethical Decisions"). A client dealing with this type of issue may have severe control issues and a misunderstanding of what it means to treat other’s with respect. By applying this model as a human service professional, the client may see how society views this type of occurrence and what it feels like to be the victim of such violent acts.
The ethical code that would help a human service professional in this scenario is to always do good to other’s and promote the well-being of clients (Corey, Corey, &