Ethical Challenges and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals Working With Family Caregivers of Individuals With Serious Mental Illness

TitleEthical Challenges and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals Working With Family Caregivers of Individuals With Serious Mental Illness
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBellesheim, KR
JournalEthics & Behavior
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10508422
KeywordsAMERICAN , Autonomy , CAREGIVERS , codes , COMMUNICATION , DECISION , ethics , FAMILIES , Family , Informed , INVOLUNTARY , Jurisprudence , Medical , Mental , patient , PATIENTS' , Privacy , professional , psychotherapy , RESPONSIBILITY , serious
AbstractMental health professionals frequently work with family caregivers in the provision of psychotherapy services to individuals with serious mental illness. To address the need for ethical guidelines for working with family caregivers, an analysis of relevant ethical and legal issues is provided within the context of dynamic mental health care and legal systems. When working with family caregivers, practitioners utilize the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code (2010), legal codes, and a complex decision-making plan; identify and communicate ethical obligations to family caregivers; consider the unmet needs of this population; avoid harm resulting from multiple relationships; and balance ethical duties of beneficence and respect for autonomy. 
NotesBellesheim, Katherine R. 1; Affiliation: 1: Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri; Source Info: Oct2016, Vol. 26 Issue 7, p607; Subject Term: Autonomy (Psychology); Subject Term: Caregivers; Subject Term: Communication; Subject Term: Decision making; Subject Term: Families; Subject Term: Informed consent (Medical law); Subject Term: Jurisprudence; Subject Term: Medical ethics; Subject Term: Medical personnel; Subject Term: Mental health services; Subject Term: Patient abuse; Subject Term: Privacy; Subject Term: Professional ethics; Subject Term: Psychotherapy; Subject Term: Psychotherapy patients; Subject Term: Responsibility; Subject Term: Codes of ethics; Subject Term: Family roles; Subject Term: Involuntary hospitalization; Subject Term: Patients' families; Author-Supplied Keyword: caregivers; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: psychotherapy; Author-Supplied Keyword: serious mental illness; Company/Entity: American Psychological Association DUNS Number: 086352101; NAICS/Industry Codes: 622210 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621330 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians); NAICS/Industry Codes: 623220 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities; Number of Pages: 14p; Document Type: Article