Ethical and Cultural Issues


Ethical and Cultural Issues (1-2 pages). To complete this section, you will:

◦Recognize client characteristics relevant for ethical group placement in context of American Counseling Association (ACA) and Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Standards.

◦Recognize appropriate client preparation for group participation.

◦Recognize appropriate utilization of clinical supervision to address ethical and cultural issues.

Group Development (1-2 pages). To complete this section you will:

◦Identify models of group development as applied to the treatment of compulsive and addictive behaviors.

◦Address how the theories covered in the theoretical analysis portion of the project affect group development.

Electrical Brain Stimulation

The electrical signaling within each neuron is not just of theoretical interest. Knowing the electrical basis of brain functioning offers an understanding of disorders such as epilepsy, so that physicians can help people avoid or control seizures. There is growing evidence that implanting electrodes in the brain can offer relief for movement and mental disorders. However, the power to manipulate the brain’s electrical signals raises ethical questions. Does society have the right to force someone to receive electrical stimulation in the brain? For example, would it be acceptable to implant an electrode in the brain of a person convicted of murder that prevents the person from being aggressive?

**Provide a brief description of the electrical properties of an individual neuron. Then explain how those properties may change over time. Finally, describe the potential ethical implications of implanting an electrode in the brain of a person convicted of murder that prevents the person from being aggressive, instead of sending him or her to prison.

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