According to the authors, several current methods of ethical decision-making lack inclusivity in their models. The authors propose an alternative method of ethical decision-making that includes several components of diversity—particularly spiritual diversity. The proposed model allows a combination of both objective judgement and internal self-exploration to make ethical decisions.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Spirituality, Diversity, and Ethical Decision-Making: The Inclusive Wesleyan Quadrilateral Discernment Model created by Margo J. Heydt, EdD, LICS-S and Timothy E. Severyn, MSW, MTS, MBA in 2023.
International Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics Volume 19, Number 1 (2022)
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Margo J. Heydt, EdD, LICS-S
Dr. Margo Heydt is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Along with various members of the Theology Department, Dr. Heydt developed and team teaches the interdisciplinary Religion, Ethics, and Professional Practice course. Her research interests include Sexual Child Abuse, Intimate Partner Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Addictions, Professional Practice Ethics. She has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals.
Timothy E. Severyn, MSW, MTS, MBA
Timothy Severyn is an Adjunct Faculty for the Social Work and Theology Departments at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals.
Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, received his degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, in 2005. From 2004-2006, he taught courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, and human sexuality at Collin College in Plano, TX. He currently practices individual therapy at the Department of Sexual Medicine at Park Nicollet Health Health Services near Minneapolis, MN.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe the need for more inclusivity in ethical decision-making per the authors.
Identify several components of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral Discernment Model.
Identify several ways in which the model can improve upon existing models of ethical decision-making.
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