Introduction Hays’s (2008) work introduces the ADDRESSING model


Hays’s (2008) work introduces the ADDRESSING model, which asks clinicians to look into their own areas of cultural influence, privilege, and potential bias. ADDRESSING stands for age (and generational influence), developmental and acquired disabilities, religion and spiritual identity, ethnicity and racial identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, national origin, and gender. Although there are many other aspects of diversity, Hays’s model has been a useful framework for educators, counselors, and psychologists to examine their own cultural influences, potential biases, and perspectives. They can then develop a plan to address the impact on their work with others.

Fisher, in the course text Decoding the Ethics Code, presents a number of ethical and legal issues of which psychologists and future psychologists (like yourself) need to be cognizant. Additionally, there are several ethical reasoning models presented that help you understand how to start thinking about these risky issues.

The last of your discussions for this course, this is yet another opportunity for you to critically think about how multicultural, legal, and ethical issues intersect and intertwine. Consider the situation carefully as this is the last opportunity to use your critical thinking skills to analyze a situation that has a host of professional concerns.


In your previous discussion, you studied the case study about Karen, a Latina, lesbian woman. This discussion will be a little different as you will see a dramatization of a complicated situation.

Review the media piece, Problem Based Scenario, linked in the Resources and then respond to the following:

  • What are the ethical issues in this situation? Specifically identify which codes impact this scenario.
  • What are the multicultural concerns?
  • What are the legal issues?

Cite appropriate scholarly research to support your findings.

Your initial discussion post should be at least 200 words.

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