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Geriatric Mental Health Ethics

SKU# 9780826103192

A Casebook


  • Shane S. Bush PhD, ABPP, ABN

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The book's genuine value is that it provides the reader with a solid foundation in ethical competence. The ten-step ethical decision-making model described is a clear, structured roadmap to aid in the resolution of common ethical problemsÖ.A welcome resource to all geriatric mental health students, practitioners, and educators.

From the Afterword by Frank A. Cervo, MD,

Long Island State Veterans Home,

Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Detailed case studies will guide practitioners through Bush's "Four A's" of ethical decision-making:

  • Anticipating and preparing for ethical issues commonly encountered in specific contexts
  • Avoiding ethical misconduct
  • Addressing ethical challenges with specific strategies and goals
  • Aspiring to even higher standards of ethical decision making and practice

Making informed, ethical decisions and choosing the right course of action with elderly patients can prove difficult for mental health practitioners. This is especially true when patients suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other disorders that impair their own decision-making abilities. When confronting dilemmas concerning privacy, informed consent, and patient autonomy, use of an ethical decision-making model is essential.

In this book, Bush not only presents this practical, 10-step model, but through a diverse collection of case studies, also demonstrates how it can be implemented across numerous therapeutic settings. Nursing, social work, counseling, and psychiatry are only four of the many settings discussed. In essence, the author offers a truly unique, interdisciplinary approach to ethical decision-making in geriatric mental health care."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 30, 2008
  • Page Count 200
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826103192
  • EISBN 9780826103260

Table of Contents 

SECTION I: Introduction
1. Developmental Considerations
2. Ethical Decision-Making
3. Applying Bioethical Principles
4. Ethics Codes and Other Professional Guidelines
5. Legal Considerations
SECTION II: Salient Ethical Issues
6. Professional Competence
Case Illustration
7. Human Relations
Case Illustration
8. Informed Consent
Case Illustration
9. Cooperation with Other Professionals
Institutional Practice
Case Illustration
10. Privacy and Confidentiality
Case Illustration
11. Assessment
Response Validity
Limitations of Interpretations
Case Illustration
12. Treatment
Case Illustration
13. Serving Special Populations
Race, ethnicity, and Language
Case Illustration
14. Health Promotion
Case Illustration