Presenter:Alida Naude UP PhD student Lecturer UL (Medunsa) Ethics and Communication
Ethics and Communication « Communication is a logicalstarting point for anyconsideration of ethicalrelationshipsbecausepartnerships are createdthrough verbal and nonverbal messages. If wewant to establish and maintaintranformedrelationships, we must adopt a moral stance towardour communication withothers and master communication skillsthatfosterethical interactions» Johnson, 2007
Responsibility Our perceptions impact the individual and family Our perceptions impact otherprofessionals Otherindividuals impact our perceptions « …throughour actions wecancreate conditions in whichother people are betterplaced to create more fulfilled versions of themselves… » Seedhouse, 1998.
Responsibility (cont) Getting to know someonedoes not have somuch to do withunderstanding but beingwiththem (acknowledge and engage). Companionshipisbeingwithratherthanknowing a person. « Whathealthworkers do now – in everyday practice – willbe instrumental in bringing about the future of health care. We are constantlyfacedwithchoiceswhichwillshapeourdestiny » Seedhouse, 1998,
Obligation Ethical obligation to engage ‘the other’ exploring the ethical solutions to issues. What are our challenges? Disabilityitself? Skillsneeded? Selectivehearing? Cultural assumptions Stereotypes Prejudices Prejudgments
The ethical way Whenfamiliesdifferfromeachother and the professionalito how theyview and respond, whatis the ethicalway for professionals and families to deal withthis population? Professionals have two sets of ethics (professional & personal)
Ethical framework for communication Experiencing‘the other’ withoutreducing, negating or totalizing the other’sotherness Attitudes brought to the encounter Refuse to believeyou know and understand the toughts, feelings or intentions of others – continuously test & revise How communication canidentify, challenge and reconstituteitself to more adequatelyacknowledge and engage ‘the other’?
Group discussion The ethicalway Obligation Communication and ethics • Whatis the ethicalway for professionals and families to deal withthis population? • What are our challenges itoengaging ‘the other’ to explore ethical solutions to issues (include cultural assumptions, steroetypes, prejudices, prejudgments) • Ethics of communication vs the communication of ethics • How wouldour communication change? (include the role of companion)