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Ethics and Underserved Populations

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This course discusses some special challenges clinician’s may face when working with populations that may be considered undeserving of services. The two articles in this course discuss moral dilemmas that may be encountered by professionals as well as some of the distinctions drawn between deserving and underserving clients.

This course is based on the article, Moral Dilemmas in Care for the Homeless: What Issues Do Professionals Face, How Do They Deal With Them, and Do They Need Ethics Support? created by Ruth P. Spijkerboer, Ph.D. et al. in 2016 and the article Deserving to Deserve: Challenging Discrimination Between the Deserving and Undeserving in Social Work created byJohn Solas, B.A., BSW, Ph.D. in 2018.

Publication Date:

The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics 2016 and 2018

Course Material Authors

Ruth P. Spijkerboer, Ph.D. Candidate

Ruth is on the Faculty of Social Science and Applied Psychology at Leiden University. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Guy A. M. Widdershoven, Ph.D.

Guy AM Widdershoven is a Professor of Ethics of Health Care at Maastricht University. He supervises research projects on ethics of chronic care (care for the elderly, psychiatry, care for people with a mental disability). Together with psychiatrists he coordinated a nationwide program in The Netherlands to reduce coercion and constraint in psychiatry. He supervised projects concerning the theory and methodology of empirical ethics. He also supervised projects on ethical aspects of care around the end of life, particularly palliative care and euthanasia. He has organized many international conferences on ethical issues in healthcare. He published articles in international journals and edited various international volumes.

John Solas, B.A., BSW, Ph.D.

Dr. Solas is a senior lecturer in the school of Social Work and Social Care at University of Bradford. His teaching and research interests include applied and professional ethics, moral and political philosophy, and organizational behavior.

Course Creator


Hana Kuc is a Licensed Mental Heath counselor and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor who has been working in the field for 13 years. In that time she has worked as a counselor, therapist, educator and director. Hana has specialized in working with clients on medication assisted treatment, who are in recovery from opiates, and are also diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Summarize previous research on moral dilemmas that professionals face.

  2. Describe the qualitative study research questions, methods and results.

  3. Discuss conclusions and the kinds of moral dilemmas professionals face as well as what helps them deal with those.

  4. Summarize historical theories of desert.

  5. Discuss how a value laden understanding of desert continues to exert influence on state-sponsored welfare.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

1.75 CE Credit hour

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American Psychological Association (APA)

1.75 CE Credit hour

CE Learning Systems is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

1.75 CE Credit hour

This course has been approved by CE Learning Systems, service provider of Addiction Counselor CE, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #107243, CE Learning Systems is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

1.75 CPD hour

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

1.75 CE Credit hour

CE Learning Systems, service provider of Addiction Counselor CE has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CE Learning Systems is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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Moral Dilemmas in Care for the Homeless: What Issues Do Professionals Face, How Do They Deal With Them, and Do They Need Ethics Support?

Questions 1-9 are based on this article.

References begin on page 32.

Deserving to Deserve: Challenging Discrimination Between the Deserving and Undeserving in Social Work

Questions 10-14 are based on this article.

Please note that Desert (/dɪˈzɜːrt/) in philosophy is the condition of being deserving of something, whether good or bad. This term is used throughout this article.

References begin on page 69.

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Course Number 102935
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405 members have taken this course


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