Ethics and Culture in Mental Health Care

About the Course:

This article examines the often complex relationship between ethical practice and decision making processes in mental health care when applied to a patient population holding widely differing cultural values, attitudes, and beliefs. In this article, the authors review how multiculturalism and cultural competence present themselves in mental health care, and discuss the cultural underpinnings of bioethics. The article also presents five clinical cases to display the range of ethical issues faced by mental health clinicians working in a multicultural environment. These issues include dealing with therapeutic boundaries, diagnosis, treatment choice, confidentiality, and informed consent, and the just distribution of limited health care resources.

Publication Date:

2008

Authors

Jinger G. Hoop

Psychiatrist, Medical College of Wisconsin

Tony DiPasquale

University of New Mexico

Juan M. Hernandez

Medical College of Wisconsin

Laura Weiss Roberts

Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Recommended For:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and other clinical mental health practitioners. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify a range of treatment related ethical issues associated with work in multicultural therapeutic settings.

  2. Describe the application of cultural competence as an approach to clients that demonstrates respect, beneficence, and justice in treatment.

  3. Evaluate the application of cultural competence as defined in the article for each of the five clinical cases provided therein.

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Course Number: 102343
Total Credit Hours: 2cr
NBCC Credit Hours: 1.25cr
Exam Fee: $13.94
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Format: Online Article
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