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Participatory Ethics: Building a Bridge between Disability and Professional Ethics

Professor and Program Coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation and Director of the Institute on Ethics in Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Practice, University of Iowa, and Research Scientist, University of Iowa College of Law’s Center for Law, Health Policy, and Disability
When Nov 15, 2004
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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VILIA TARVYDAS

 

Professor and Program Coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation and Director of the Institute on Ethics in Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Practice, University of Iowa, and Research Scientist, University of Iowa College of Law’s Center for Law, Health Policy, and Disability

Dr. Tarvydas is a professor and program coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa. She is Director of the new UI Institute on Ethics in Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Practice in the Colleges of Education and Law. Her scholarly works and numerous national and international presentations have concentrated on the areas of applied ethics, ethical decision-making, and professional standards. She has published extensively in these areas and her most recent textbook (2003) is Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling that has 3rd edition currently under revision. She teaches graduate level courses on ethics and professional issues at the University of Iowa (UI) at both the master’s and doctoral level, where she is also a Senior Research Scientist with the UI College of Law’s Center on Law, Health Policy and Disability. She served for eight years on the national certification body Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and served as the chair of their Ethics Committee. She also chaired the groups that developed the 1987 unified Code of Ethics for Professional Rehabilitation Counselors and the Scope of Practice for Rehabilitation Counseling, and served as the CRCC liaison member to the CRCC Task Force that drafted the recently revised CRCC Code of Professional Ethics. Some of the recent honors she has received include the 1999 Eda Holt Lifetime Rehabilitation Achievement Award of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling, 2001 University of Iowa Collegiate Teacher of the Year, and the 2004 University of Wisconsin Rehabilitation Psychology Varsity Award for Distinguished Alumnus. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Iowa State Board of Behavioral Examiners that licenses mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists. In that capacity, she also chairs the Board’s Disciplinary Committee. She has chaired several ethics committees in medical facilities, is currently on the American Counseling Association Ethics Committee, is a member of the current ACA Task Force on Revision of the Code of Ethics, and the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Judicial Council.

Participatory Ethics: Building a Bridge between Disability and Professional Ethics

This lecture will explore the possibilities of sharing responsibility for ethical decision-making in the relationships between people with disabilities and the professionals with whom they work. This responsibility has traditionally been construed as inherent in the professional’s role and responsibility in the relationship. However, who are the rightful “owners” of the ethical decision-making processes that occur in these relationships and how should they best be conducted within these relationships? The infusion of new streams of thought in such areas as disability studies, relational ethics, and positive ethics, as well as traditional importance of consumer choice and empowerment in rehabilitation, set the stage for a re-framing of the practice of ethics. Dr. Tarvydas will present a model of participatory ethics that explores the conceptual and practical aspects of a new collaborative model of ethical discourse, participatory ethics. Her discussion will be informed by an integrative review of these conceptual themes and a brief of her early research efforts that seek to better define the behaviors that might be characteristic of professionals who hold a participatory ethics orientation.

November 15, 2004
3:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library

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