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Philosophy & Ethics of Mental Health

Ethics of Mental Health

On Fridays of 1 and 15 November 2013
From  08:00 to 15:30

Venue: Auditorium Building, Weskoppies Hospital

Fri, 1 November 2013, 08:00 - 10:15
The domains of ethics and mental health ethics
The scope of ethics and mental health. What is ethics? Where do values fit in? What is the place of ethics in mental health - practically and theoretically? Reductionism in mental health ethics.

Fri, 1 November 2013, 10:30 - 12:45
Various approaches to mental health ethics

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


Fri, 1 November 2013, 13:15 - 15:30
Diversity of values in mental health: practical approaches

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. 


Fri, 15 November 2013, 08:00 - 10:15
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.


Fri, 15 November 2013, 10:30 - 12:45
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.


Fri, 15 November 2013, 13:15 - 15:30
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.

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 Enquiries: Professor CW (Werdie) van Staden

Head: Division of Philosophy & Ethics of Mental Health

School of Medicine, University of Pretoria