Trauma Recovery in Interprofessional Cross-Cultural Contexts: Application of an Ethical Framework.
Barron, Ian G. Abdallah, Ghassan.
Published: April 2015
Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Vol. 24, No. 4 , p. 361-380
Taylor and Francis Group
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Research into the complex interactions of personal, professional, and interprofessional ethics is in its infancy. Where interprofessional decision making is made in cross-cultural contexts, ethical dilemmas multiply; inversely, research to guide judgments is sparse. This study sought to explore interprofessional ethical decision making within a project, which delivered Western trauma-recovery training to counselors in Palestine. A cross-cultural interprofessional ethical framework was adapted and later applied to project decision making. A case study is presented based on field note reflections. Researchers perceived the following to be important in addressing ethical decision-making dilemmas: defining interprofessional and cross-cultural language; long-standing relationships of trust; workers liberated from organizational agendas; democratized processes; and flexible structures. Recommendations are provided to help plan and evaluate interprofessional cross-cultural initiatives. (Author abstract)
ethics; decision making; trauma informed practice; professional training; cultural competency; interagency collaboration