Ethics applied to social intervention: analysis of ethical issues and situations affecting users and professionals

The course, organized in collaboration with the Observatory of Ethics Applied to Social Intervention and the Faculty of Education and Psychology, and with a duration of 32 hours, took place at the Faculty of Arts of the UdG, from July 10 to 14, 2006.

The objective of the course was to analyze, reflect and provide tools for the resolution of ethical conflicts in the field of social intervention. The first part of the sessions was devoted to dealing with some of the major ethical issues affecting professionals and users (child abuse, fundamental rights of users, professional secrecy, advance directives and multiculturalism), and in the second part we wanted to go down to the field of specific situations that arise every day and that require good practice protocols. This second part was based on the analysis of concrete and real cases that had previously been sent to all the participants in the course.

The course was aimed at professionals working in the field of social services, education, law and health, as well as students of social education, social work, teaching, pedagogy, psychology, nursing, law, philosophy, etc…

The course was attended by specialists in social intervention, such as Margarita Boladeras Cucurella (Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Barcelona), Natxo Vila (Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Girona), Xavier Arbós (Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Girona), Ana Victoria Sánchez Urrutia (Professor of Constitutional Law and member of the Observatory of Bioethics and Law at the University of Barcelona), Rosa Roca Casademont (doctor of the Palliative Care Unit of the Hospital Sta. Caterina Hospital and member of the Health Care Ethics Committee of the Institute of Health Care (IAS) and Francesc Carbonell (pedagogue and advisor on language, interculturalism and social cohesion of the Department of Education). Other professionals also participated in the case study analysis sessions.