Professionalism and Ethics: Q & A Self-Study Guide for Mental Health Professionals [NOOK Book]

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This first book of its kind for the medical profession brings the real-world translation of ethics to the care of patients, conduct of protocols, and training of professionals. An interactive, case-oriented approach to mental health ethics, Professionalism and Ethics: Q & A Self-Study Guide for Mental Health Professionals consists of questions and answers developed by the authors and fourteen contributors from backgrounds as diverse as family medicine, research ethics, social psychology, and public health. ...

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Overview

This first book of its kind for the medical profession brings the real-world translation of ethics to the care of patients, conduct of protocols, and training of professionals. An interactive, case-oriented approach to mental health ethics, Professionalism and Ethics: Q & A Self-Study Guide for Mental Health Professionals consists of questions and answers developed by the authors and fourteen contributors from backgrounds as diverse as family medicine, research ethics, social psychology, and public health. They draw on personal experience in the care of people with mental illness, in mental health research, and in clinical training to generate scenarios that pose ethical questions. Some questions are narrow and to the point, such as responding to a suspicion of child abuse; others require a more nuanced approach, such as dealing with conflict of interest posed by a pharmaceutical company. They then resolve these questions in alignment with an understanding of ethical principles, the standards of their fields, the law, and the expectations of mental health professionals.

The brief case descriptions that frame each ethical question echo the real-life complexities of clinical practice and are presented in single-answer, multiple-choice format modeled after key medical licensure and specialty certification organizations. Following an overview of ethics and professionalism, questions cover four broad areas: core concepts, clinical care, medical research, and interactions with colleagues and trainees. Explanations following the questions offer background information about relevant ethical concepts and related legal and clinical considerations. A subsequent section features another set of questions for self-assessment, followed by answers with citations to appropriate references. The book's overall approach is geared to underscore the following areas of concern: • Essential ethical skills, such as understanding how personal values affect patient care, recognizing high-risk situations in which ethical problems arise, and building ethical safeguards• Core ethical principles, including nonmaleficence, beneficence, autonomy, respect, justice, veracity, fidelity, and privacy• Key clinical ethics issues, including maintaining therapeutic boundaries, patient non-abandonment, informed consent and treatment refusal, alternative decision making and advance directives, confidentiality, reporting colleague misconduct, and caring for difficult patients.

Trainees and experienced clinicians alike will be richly rewarded by considering the dilemmas posed here. Developed with an extensive review process, reference verifications, and iterative crosschecks, this book facilitates professionalism as a core competency in medicine as it instills the need for ongoing consideration of ethical behaviors and principles in the daily practice of psychiatry.

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Editorial Reviews

Catherine Chiles

Crafted as a study guide for mental health professionals, professionalism and Ethics includes a scholarly overview of a critically important topic straight from the day's health care headlines and clinical headaches.

Psychosomatics

This book is useful, pragmatic, and easily readable additional to any practicing psychiatrist's library, no matter what his or her level of expertise. Overall, this elegant and earthy book offers a pragmatic and effective guide to the impact of ethics in daily clinical practice in psychiatry.

Journal of Psychiatric Practice

This book is well thought out and deals with real-life examples and situations that will be familiar to any clinical or researcher. This book will serve as an excellent textbook for teaching students from the undergraduate level thought medical and graduate school as well as residents and fellows about the ethical aspects of mental health care. It will be invaluable for faculty teaching medical ethics and professionalism.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Compiled by various authors from multiple institutions throughout the United States, this book describes brief clinical situations highlighting the complexities of a variety of professional and ethical problems confronted by mental health professionals.
Purpose: Meant to address some of the shortcomings of the current models of educating mental health professionals about these professional and ethical situations, this book combines clinical cases and descriptions of problem-solving techniques to assist individuals in learning how to navigate these complicated dilemmas.
Audience: Focused primarily on professionals working in the mental health system, this book can be especially useful for those participating in the clinical care of patients, whether they are seasoned veterans or relative novices.
Features: The main body of this book consists of case-based formulations with potential ethical and professional pitfalls in the areas of clinical care, research, and interactions with peers and trainees. An additional chapter addresses core concepts in these topics. Cases are followed by questions (mostly multiple choice, with some matching) and a brief, but complete, discussion of the subject. Each answer is followed by at least two references for more detailed exploration, and the final chapter is a self assessment exercise with answers and references.
Assessment: Unique in its approach, this book offers a method of learning and teaching this exquisitely complex subject in a manner that comprehensively covers the methods necessary to understand the thought process involved in developing a complete approach to these problems. It provides a good foundation for discussion, allowing for the flexibility needed in the decision making process, as there is frequently more than one way to think about these issues and develop a cohesive plan. The most awkward feature of this book is the placement of the answers to the questions — after the explanations — which makes quick review of the chapters difficult.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585628773
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/20/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 0.05 (d)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., is Chairman and the Charles E. Kubly Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Professor in the Department of Population Health Center for the Study of Bioethics at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jinger G. Hoop, M.D., M.F.A., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface. Introductory comments. Part 1: Ethics and Professionalism. An overview for mental health clinicians, researchers, and learners. On professionalism. Part 2: Questions and Annotated Answers. Core concepts in ethics and professionalism. Ethics and professionalism in clinical care. Ethics and professionalism in medical research. Ethics and professionalism in interactions with colleagues and trainees. Part 3: Self-Assessment and Further Study. Ethics and professionalism questions for review. References. Subject index. Q & A index.

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