Ethical Dilemas For Mental Health Professionals


WK 1 SOCW 6443 Discussion 2: Ethical Dilemas for Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals are charged with the task of assisting their clients’ efforts in obtaining the best care available to them. Often, this might mean making recommendations and referrals, teaming with other medical and mental health professionals, and developing and expanding competencies to meet the needs of their clients. Although there are strict limits to some mental health professional roles in reference to medication management, mental health professionals can serve a vital role in the process.

For this Discussion, review the media titled “The Role of the Mental Health Professional in Psychopharmacological Intervention” and the Learning Resources. Explore the limits of practice in psychopharmacological intervention. Search your professional practice code of ethics and consider how ethical dilemmas that arise in the course of treatment might be mitigated. Check actual final video

This is a discussion so questions in bold and then answers 300 to 500 words not including the questions

Post an explanation of how mental health professionals might prepare themselves to best work with medical professionals in the example you provided in this week’s Discussion 1 which is attached  (include the need for using a signed release of information).

Next, identify a potential ethical dilemma for mental health professionals related to your example and explain why this could be a dilemma.

Then, provide the most effective strategy mental health professionals can use to mitigate the dilemma and justify your selection.

Finally, as a future mental health professional, explain some of the concepts in the field of psychopharmacology in which you would like to explore the role further to gain more knowledge.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. 7th addition APA format intext citing and full references


Preston, J. D., O’Neal, J. H., & Talaga, M. C. (2017). Handbook of clinical psychopharmacology for therapists (8th ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Chapter 1, “Introduction” (pp. 3–14)

Chapter 2, “Integrated Models” (pp. 15–27)

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