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Ethics: Mental Health Services for Children & Families

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Based on the attached article titled, "Ethical Challenges in Mental Health Services to Children and Families," I need some thoughts and suggestions on how to discuss the issues to be considered in working with children, adolescents, and their families in the areas of competence, consent, confidentiality, reporting, competing interests, and documentation. Also, thoughts on all practical considerations in any type of work with these population.

See the following paper:
Koocher, G. P. (2008). Ethical challenges in mental health services to children and families. Journal of clinical psychology, 64(5), 601-612.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for your patience. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a short discussion on a specific subject with regards to ethics in the practice of mental health services for families and children. Since it is a concise discussion, I suggest using this simple outline:

1. About Ethics in practice - 100 words
2. Issues in working with families: competence, confidentiality, etc. - 150 words
3. Practical Considerations - 100 words
4. Useful ethical positions - 150 words

This should yield around 500 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Ethics in Family & Children Health Services

According to Koocher (n.d.), "Psychological work with families differs significantly from work with individuals in many respects that have important ethical implications." Family can include a group of adults or a mix of adults, teens and children and each require specific understanding of needs and ways to best provide the help and support they need. Koocher (n.d.) provides an explanation for this as follows, "Families often include - People with non-congruent, competing, or conflicting interests; People who wish to keep secrets from each other; People who do not wish to be totally candid with each other; People with differing levels of decisional capacity and ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of ethics and ethical practice in providing mental health services to children and families. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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