The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Psychiatric Practice

The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Psychiatric Practice

by Jennifer Radden, John Sadler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195389379

ISBN-13: 9780195389371

Pub. Date: 01/07/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The context for this interdisciplinary work by a philosopher and a clinician is the psychiatric care provided to those with severe mental disorders. Such a setting makes distinctive moral demands on the very character of the practitioner, it is shown, calling for special virtues and greater virtue than many other practice settings. In a practice so attentive to the

Overview

The context for this interdisciplinary work by a philosopher and a clinician is the psychiatric care provided to those with severe mental disorders. Such a setting makes distinctive moral demands on the very character of the practitioner, it is shown, calling for special virtues and greater virtue than many other practice settings. In a practice so attentive to the patient's self identity, the authors promote a heightened awareness of cultural and particularly gender issues. By elucidating the nature of the moral psychology and character of the good psychiatrist, this work provides a sustained application of virtue theory to clinical practice. With its roots in Aristotelian writing, The Virtuous Psychiatrist presents virtue traits as habits, able to be cultivated and enhanced through training. The book describes these traits, and how they can be habituated in clinical training. A turn towards virtue theory within philosophy during the last several decades has resulted in important research on professional ethics. By approaching the ethics of psychiatric professionals in these virtue terms, Radden and Sadler's work provides an original application of this theorizing to practice. Of interest to both theorists and practitioners, the book explores the tension between the model of enduring character implicit in virtue theory and the segmented personae of role-specific moral responses. Clinical examples are provided, based upon dramaturgical vignettes (caseplays) which illustrate both the interactions of the case participants as well as the inner monologue of the clinician protagonist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195389371
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/07/2010
Series:
INTERNATIONAL PERS PHILOSOPHY & PSYCH Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Psychiatric Ethics as Professional and Biomedical Ethics

Chapter 2: The Distinctiveness of the Psychiatric Setting

Chapter 3: Psychiatric Ethics as Virtue Ethics

Chapter 4: Elements of a Gender-Sensitive Ethics for Psychiatry

Chapter 5: Some Virtues for Psychiatrists

Chapter 6: Character and Social Role

Chapter 7: Case Studies in Psychiatric Virtues

Conclusion
References

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