Ethical Issues in Long Term Care Mental Health & Crisis Management
“Chance favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur
Full-day Training Session (6-hours)
Suitable for all levels of staff from all departments.
This session can be credited to the 5-Day Mental Health Recovery Care Certificate Program.
Moral Distress is defined as knowing the ethically correct action to take but feeling powerless to take that action. The field of mental health is full of ethical dilemmas where solutions are grey instead of black or white. Outcomes are not clear cut and sometimes the consequences of decisions made by care teams or the resident/client are difficult to bear, particularly if they go against our own values and convictions. This workshop outlines a framework for ethical problem solving based on the core principles of ethics: respect for client/resident autonomy; self determination; integrity; quality of life; dignity; advocacy; professionalism; due diligence; beneficence and nonmaleficence.
No crisis ever goes the way you plan no matter how much you practice. However planning for crisis is still critical. Lack of crisis planning results in disorganization, poor communication, conflict and lack of trust creating a potentially dangerous situation. During a code white, team roles need to be clear, documentation must be thorough and the outcome must be such where the client and the team are made safe with the least amount of harm possible. This workshop is focused on a team approach to crisis, as well as developing individual skills of verbal de-escalation and debriefing.
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