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Dealing With Ethical Challenges in Mental Health: a Focus Group Study

About the Course:

Most studies of clinical ethics are based on scenarios, not direct reporting of how clinicians and clinical teams actually cope with ethical challenges. In this study, the authors use focus group discussions with clinical teams to describe how mental health care professionals deal with ethical challenges in clinical settings, with a focus on coercion. The authors highlight opportunities to support ethical practices and constructive team process, with potential benefits for both patients and staff.

This course is based on the article, Dealing with Ethical Challenges in Mental Health: a Focus Group Study created by Bert Molewijk, Marit Helene Hem, PhD, and Reidar Pedersen, MD in 2021.

Publication Date:

BMC Med Ethics. 2015; 16: 4. January, 2015

Course Material Authors

Bert Molewijk

Dr. Molewijk is a Full Professor of Ethics, Law and Medical Humanities at the Amsterdam University Medical Center. He has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as several book chapters.

Marit Helene Hem, PhD

Dr. Hem is a Professor at the University of Oslo. Her research focuses on ethics and psychiatric patients. She has published more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Reidar Pedersen, MD

Dr. Pedersen is a Professor at the University of Oslo. He lectures on clinical ethics and has published over 100 articles in this area.

Course Creator

Kinta Parker, PhD

Kinta Parker is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience as a Medical and Pediatric Psychologist. She has taught multiple courses throughout her career and has given presentations throughout the United States.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the unique contributions of studying how ethical decision-making occurs in an actual clinical setting, compared to simulated ethics decision-making situations.

  2. Cite examples of challenges to effective ethical team decision-making provided by study participants.

  3. Describe the interplay of team communication and interaction as these impact ethical decision-making in a clinical setting.

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Course Number 103033
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