Behaving ethically enacts a complex set of internal and external variables and requires an individual level of awareness that the situation should be questioned or examined. Absent that awareness, developing and using codes of ethics, participating in dialog, and engaging in reflection can be used to create future awareness.
Codes of ethics or conduct and standards for performance and integrity provide frameworks for helping practitioners think through the ethical dilemmas they face in practice. Although debate exists among both academics and practitioners regarding the need and usefulness of such codes, they are generally accepted as important for establishing identity and credibility for professions. In most ...