Mental health ethics : the human context / edited by Phil Barker.

Abingdon, Oxon [U.K.] : Routledge, 2011.
1 online resource (401 pages)
Psychiatric ethics.
Mental health services -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Electronic books.
All human behaviour is, ultimately, a moral undertaking, in which each situation must be considered on its own merits. As a result ethical conduct is complex. Despite the proliferation of Codes of Conduct and other forms of professional guidance, there are no easy answers to most human problems. Mental Health Ethics encourages readers to heighten their awareness of the key ethical dilemmas found in mainstream contemporary mental health practice. This text provides an overview of traditional and contemporary ethical perspectives and critically examines a range of ethical and
Contents; Contributors; Preface; Notes; Acknowledgements; Acknowledgement; Editor's note; Section 1 Ethics and mental health; Section preface; 1 Ethics; Everyday ethics; Damned to anguish; Ethical thinking and moral doing; Plus ca change ...5; Respecting the past - embracing the future; A brief history of ethics; The Greek legacy; Socrates and self-discovery; Plato and reason; Aristotle and common sense; Hellenism, hedonism and happiness; The rise of Christianity; Humanism and the social contract; Utilitarianism or consequentialism; Deontology - practical reason; Radical scepticism
Existentialism - no excusesPost-modernity and uncertainty; Relativism and pragmatism; A return to virtue ethics; Ethical theory; Meta-ethics; Normative ethics; Moral principles and health care; Applied ethics; Ethics and mental health; Conclusion; Notes; 2 The keystone of psychiatric ethics; The shadow of psychiatric history; Common sense ethics; Free to choose?; Complicating factors: women and culture; Agents and agencies - whose life is it anyway?; The person problem; The mind, the person and the brain; The enigma of the self; Persons and other animals
Persons, citizens and the shadow of eugenicsThe altar of good intentions; Conclusion; Notes; 3 Who cares any more anyway?; The comfort of codes and customs; Who decides what is right?; Who cares anyway?; Whistle-blowing and conscience; The sleep of reason17; The trade in lunacy: early beginnings; The birth of the age of madness; Plus ca change ... 28; Foucault's error and the myth of antipsychiatry; Drugs - 'moral treatment in pill form'; The age of traumas, syndromes, disorders and addictions; Conclusion; Notes; Section 1 - Ethical dilemmas; How should I live?
Am I my brother's/sister's keeper?Is ethics just about 'being a nice person'?; How far should I go?; Is ethics not simply 'common sense'?; Section 2 The professional context; Section preface; 4 The psychiatrist; What are we talking about?; From asylum to community care; What are the ethical problems of psychiatry?; Can psychiatrists ever escape their history?; Medical emphasis on physical treatment; What is the point of psychiatric medicine?; What are the ethical challenges inherent in professional relationships?; Conclusion; Notes; 5 The mental health nurse; Introduction
Id and nurses moral identityThe shape of things as they are; The shape of things to come; Notes; 6 The social worker; The historical development of mental health social work; Underpinning values; Conceptual frameworks; Ways of working; Ethical dilemmas; Ethical dilemmas inherent to the role; Ethical dilemmas related to the legal role of ASWs and AMHPs; Conclusions; Notes; 7 The clinical psychologist; Introduction; Brief history of clinical psychology; Clinical psychology and psychiatric diagnosis; Clinical psychology and the biomedical model; Clinical psychology and psychological therapy
Clinical psychology and social justice
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Barker, Philip J., editor
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