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Ethics in Mental Health-Substance Use

1st Edition

Edited by David B. Cooper

CRC Press

348 pages | 75 B/W Illus.

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Ethics in Mental Health-Substance Use aims to explore the comprehensive concerns and dilemmas occurring from mental health and substance use problems, and to inform, develop, and educate by sharing and pooling knowledge, and enhancing expertise, in this fast developing region of ethics and ethical care and practice. This volume concentrates on ethical concerns, dilemmas, and concepts specifically interrelated, as a collation of problem(s) that directly or indirectly affect the life of the individual and family. Whilst presenting a balanced view of what is ethically best practice today, this title challenges concepts and stimulates debate, exploring all aspects of the development in treatment, intervention and care responses, and the adoption of research-led best practice.


‘Every day people of all ages with mental health problems and drug and alcohol use issues present to emergency specialists and community services. They don't deserve, but often experience, poor service and disrespect from whom they seek help. These writers reveal and encourage the reader's understanding, skills, and ethics on how best to respond effectively to each person seeking their support. This book also helps others who are concerned with this issue to be a positive role model every day. I commend this important publication to students, practitioners, and others concerned with the ethics and morality of this human encounter. Thank you, David Cooper, for yet again publishing on another neglected topic in this field.’ – Dr. Charlotte de Crespigny, RN, BN, Grad.Dip.PHC (Addictions), PhD, adjunct professor, Adelaide School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide, South Australia

‘This book is an essential addition to the excellent series Mental Health–Substance Use and forms the foundation for ethical clinical practice of all health professionals. This book is particularly important in highlighting the need for dignity, respect, and compassion when working with one of the most vulnerable groups within our community. This practical guide is an invaluable tool for health professionals in all contexts of practice.’ – Lynette Cusack, RN, PhD, MHA, BN, Dip Applied Science – Nursing, Midwifery Cert.; associate professor, Adelaide School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide, South Australia

Table of Contents

About the editor Other books by the editor List of contributors Special acknowledgement Acknowledgements Terminology Cautionary note 1. Setting the scene David B Cooper 2. What is ethics? Michael Robertson and Edwina Light 3. Practical and professional ethics Cynthia MA Geppert 4. Collectivism versus individualism Larry Purnell 5. Mental health-substance use Alyna Turner, Nola M Ries, and Amanda L Baker 6. Compassion, respect and dignity Cynthia MA Geppert 7. Culture and cultural dilemmas Geraldine S Pearson 8. Service provision: ethics in everyday practices of mental health-substance use Barbara J Russell and WJ Wayne Skinner 9. Policy Louise Nadeau 10. Informed consent Jacqueline Talmet 11. Practice John Richard Ashcroft and Siân Bensa 12. Electroconvulsive therapy Siân Bensa and John Richard Ashcroft 13. Human rights in mental health Scott Macpherson and Dan Warrender 14. Gender: sensitive practice beyond binary divisions Agnes Higgins and Ailish Gill 15. The family: partners in mental health-substance use care and treatment MJM Verhaegh and DPK Roeg 16. The young person Philip D James 17. The older adult Sarah Wadd 18. High risk sexual behaviour Sunita Simon Kurpad 19. Medical cannabis in mental health-substance use Kevin Reel, Jean-François Crépault, Gavin S MacKenzie, and Bernard Le Foll 20. Assisted death in mental health: our last, best judgement - assisted death for intolerable, irremediable suffering in mental health-substance use Kevin Reel, Rosanna Macri, Justine S Dembo, Sally Bean, Ruby Rajendra Shanker, Lucy Costa, and Robyn Waxman 20. End-of-life Jo Cooper 21. Small changes David B Cooper Index

About the Editor

David B Cooper has specialized in mental health and substance use for over 36 years. He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Substance Use. He also served as an editor-in-chief of Mental Health and Substance Use. Seminal work includes Alcohol Home Detoxification and Assessment and Alcohol Use, both published by Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford. Mr. Cooper (2011) edited a series of six textbooks with the series title of Mental Health-Substance Use.

About the Series

Mental Health–Substance Use

The series is not merely for mental health professionals but also for substance use professionals. It is not a question of ‘them’ (the substance use professionals) teaching ‘them’ (the mental health professionals). It is about sharing knowledge, skills and expertise. We are equal. We learn from each fellow professional, for the benefit of those whose lives we touch. The rationale is that to maintain clinical excellence, we need to be aware of the developments and practices within mental health and substance use. Then, we make informed choices; we take best practice, and apply this to our professional role.
Generically, the series Mental Health–Substance Use concentrates on concerns, dilemmas and concepts specifically interrelated, as a collation of problems that directly or indirectly influence the life and well-being of the individual, family and carers. Such concerns relate not only to the individual but also to the future direction of practice, education, research, service development, interventions and treatment. While presenting a balanced view of what is best practice today, the books aim to challenge concepts and stimulate debate, exploring all aspects of the development in treatment, intervention and care responses, and the adoption of research-led best practice. To achieve this, they draw from a variety of perspectives, facilitating consideration of how professionals meet the challenges now and in the future. To accomplish this, we have assembled leading international professionals to provide insight into current thinking and developments, related to the many varying and diverse needs of the individual, family and carers experiencing mental health–substance use problems. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health