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Philosophy & Ethics of Mental Health


DATES: 5 CONSECUTIVE TUESDAY EVENINGS: 15 Feb 2011 to 15 March 2011

TIME: 19:00 to 21:30


CPD-accredited for 5 ethics points per evening (total 25 for the series)


Tuesday 15 February 2011

Various approaches to psychiatric ethics

Case-based comparisons between bio-ethics, casuistry, perspectivism, and values based practice, including the strengths and weaknesses of various kinds of ethical arguments.


Tuesday 22 February 2011
Diversity of values in mental health: practical solutions

What are values? Where are values at play in mental health? Developing a knowledge and skills base for decision making that accounts for diversity and person-centred care. The African connections with diversity and person-centred care. The values in Evidence Based Practice and comparing Evidence Based Practice with Values Based practice.  

Tuesday 1 March 2011

Incapacity owing to mental disorder

Informed consent, assessments of capacity and incapacity, kinds of (in)capacity, incapacity in case of treatment interventions, diagnostic interventions, research, disclosure to 3rd parties, managing financial affairs, and criminal and civil charges. Ethics of mental health research.


Tuesday 8 March 2011

Ethics of harm & looming death in mental health

Rationality and irrationality, freedom and paternalism, risks of harm (assessments and traps), risk of suicide and obligations including justification of such obligations, imminent homicide, psychiatric euthanasia, confidentiality.


Tuesday 15 March 2011

Ethics of legislation and jurisprudence in mental health


The ethics of legislation and jurisprudence regarding mental health:  mental health acts, incarceration, criminal procedures, sexual and other offenders, sex and pro-creation, discrimination and stigmatisation.