Ethics in Community Mental Health Care

Commonplace Concerns

  • Patricia Backlar
  • David L. Cutler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Commonplace Encounters with Consumer/Patients

  3. Personal Boundaries

  4. Violence and Mental Disorders

    1. Patricia Backlar
      Pages 65-78
    2. Carl C. Bell, Morris A. Blount Jr., Tanya R. Anderson
      Pages 79-91
  5. Involuntary Interventions

    1. Douglas L. Noordsy, Carolyn C. Mercer, Robert E. Drake
      Pages 95-115
    2. Virginia Aldige’ Hiday, Marvin S. Swartz, Jeffrey W. Swanson, Randy Borum, H. Ryan Wagner
      Pages 117-136
    3. David L. Cutler, Douglas Bigelow, Valerie Collins, Courtney Jackson, Gary Field
      Pages 137-154
  6. Psychiatric Anticipatory Planning

  7. Research Ethics

  8. Conflicting Interests

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-243

About this book


Ethics in Community Mental Health Care: Commonplace Concerns examines everyday ethical issues that clinicians encounter as they go about their work caring for people who have severe and persistent mental disorders. Individuals (psychiatrists, social workers, case managers, nurses, psychologists, peer counselors, primary care physicians) who serve on the front line of community mental health clinical and social services find that they must deal, on a daily basis, with significant ethical dilemmas that involve personal, social, and policy matters: overstepping personal boundaries and coercive practices, dealing with violence in the home and in the workplace, breaching confidentiality, and ensuring the rights and welfare of vulnerable individuals.

This book prompts and provokes readers to recognize, to analyze, to reflect upon, and to respond to the range of commonplace ethical concerns that arise in community mental health care practice with persons who have mental disorders that may impede their ability to protect their own interests.


Ethical Dilemma Ethical Issues confidentiality ethics health intervention rehabilitation

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia Backlar
    • 1
  • David L. Cutler
    • 2
  1. 1.Portland State UniversityPortland
  2. 2.Oregon Health and Science CenterPortland

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