Karen, a Latina lesbian, decided to come out to her family and classmates when she started her second year in her psychology doctoral program. Now that she could be her “true self” around her family and friends, she expected things to be easier. However, several peopleâ€”including her parents and four siblingsâ€”are not as accepting of her as she had hoped. As a result, she struggles to keep up with schoolwork, is tearful during class, and becomes upset while in conferences with professors. Her faculty members are talking about requiring her to start psychological treatment for these issues and are even considering removing her from the program.
For this discussion, respond to the following:
- What does “The Code” say about the suggestions of the faculty?
- What are the cultural implications of doing what they are suggesting?
- How does Fisher’s ethical decision-making model, discussed in Chapter 4 of Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide, apply to this situation?
- How should Karen’s situation be handled?