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FIELD EXPERIENCE IN ETHICAL PRACTICE

Paul David Fornell, MS, LPCC, pfornell@unm.edu

     

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Are you familiar with the expression, “everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it?” Well, whether you are familiar with that expression about the weather or not, a similar statement could be made about ethical behavior; “everyone (business executives, media personalities, educators, politicians, technology gurus, religious leaders, et.al.) talks about ethical behavior, but no one ever does anything about it!” 
In this field experience in ethical practice you will work in an environment of your choice (business, non-profit, media, education, government, etc.) where you will have the opportunity to actually do something about ethical practices. You will work side by side with professionals who care about ethics and who are anxious to utilize your talents to enhance the ethical practices of their organization. While these professionals have years of experience in their field; you will bring fresh, innovative, cutting edge ideas to them. 
If you are ready to immerse yourself in the practical study of ethical behavior and decision making then this experiential course is for you. You will learn through observation and hands on interaction what happens in the real world of ethics. Apply what you have learned in your classes by truly utilizing your technological and communication skills as well as your gift for building systems for the future. If making discoveries, conducting observations and research excite you then consider Field Experience in Ethical Practice.

 

READINGS AND TEXTS
Each student will select appropriate materials with the instructor and their on-site mentor. These materials will be available for both student and mentor use.

 

FILMS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS
Course materials will be selected with each student and each site in mind. These will be customized to maximize the learning experience for the student and their colleagues in their selected organization

 

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
As an experiential course, students will be expected to make a commitment to the organization that they have selected to work with. Expectations in terms of hours, duties and the other day-to-day considerations will be developed into a learning contract. A log of the students experiences will be required and this log will provide the valuable information that each student will share with the other students and the mentors in this course. Each student will produce a "work product" (manuscript, monograph, journal article, media project, or manual) that will showcase their advanced written communication skills.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Paul David Fornell, MS, LPCC has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in ethics and is a practicing clinical mental health counselor. Paul has served as the Director of Ethics for the American Counseling Association, is the current chair of the ACA Ethics Interest Network and has served as the chair of the ethics committee for the New Mexico Counseling Association and the New Mexico Clinical Mental Health Counseling Association.