Ethical decision making in the context of conflicting values takes on a fresh immediacy when the self itself is in conflict. Divided Staffs, Divided Selves: A Case Approach to Mental Health Ethics brings the immediacy of a clinical case conference to a wide range of students and clinicians. The book provides both clinical case material and a method for engaging in a dialogue choices in the mental health care field. The essays that introduce the volume place the ethical problems of treating mentally ill people in the context of the health care ethics movement and traditions of ethical decision making. The individual cases arise from clinical and consultative experiences. This case material will serve as the basis for learning and reflection by clinicians in interaction with their colleagues, and it also will be especially valuable to students studying ethical concepts who do not have access to real-life cases or problems.
Acknowledgments; About the authors; 1. Introduction; 2. New problems, new ethics: challenging the value structure of health care; 3. Conflict and synthesis: the comparative anatomy of ethical and clinical decision making; 4. Solving clinical puzzles: strategies for organizing mental health ethics rounds; Cases in mental health ethics; Bibliography; Index.