Psychology: Ethical Issues in Children's Health Care, Updated 1st Edition

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About Course

This basic-level course explores the ethical dilemmas arising from healthcare decisions involving children and adolescents. It examines the potentially conflicting interests and wishes of children and their parents and families. An ethical decision making model offers the clinician guidance in framing difficult questions and balancing rights and responsibilities. Confidentiality, sexuality, violence and medications are addressed. This thought-provoking course provides guidance and resources for clinicians in a broad range of settings.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 ethics continuing education credits. 

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Identify ethical principles that underlie all healthcare decision making.
  • Differentiate the rights of parents and children regarding healthcare decisions.
  • Identify ethical issues related to pregnancy.
  • Identify developmental healthcare issues involving children and adolescents.
  • Recognize emerging ethical issues that mental health clinicians face in working with children and their families.

About the Author

Lynne A. Kellner, PhD, received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology in 1994 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has worked as an outpatient psychologist, mostly with children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. Kellner is an associate professor of behavioral sciences at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, teaching in the human services and graduate counseling programs.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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