Ethics and Culture in Mental Health Care

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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; Tony DiPasquale; Juan M. Hernandez; Laura Weiss Roberts

About the Authors:

Psychiatrist, Medical College of Wisconsin

University of New Mexico

Medical College of Wisconsin

Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Recommended For:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, and other clinical mental health practitioners

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
Credit Hours: 2cr
NBCC Credit Hours: 1.25cr
Exam Fee: $13.94
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Format: Online
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