Ethical Decision Making in School Mental Health

James C. Raines, Nic T. Dibble

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There are three essential differences between this book and most others in the field of ethics. First, instead of focusing on specific issues, it focuses on the process of ethical decision-making. Second, instead of writing for a specific profession, it is written for all mental health professionals working in elementary and secondary schools. Finally, most other books on ethics assume that they are writing for the individual ethical agent, it argues that the best ethical decisions are made in collaboration with others. The books examines a seven-step process for resolving difficult ethical dilemmas in schools: (i) knowing yourself and your professional responsibilities, (ii) analyzing the predicament, (iii) seeking consultation, (iv) identifying courses of action, (v) managing clinical concerns, (vi) implementing the decision, and (vii) reflecting on the process. Each chapter contains real-life scenarios based on real practice or actual cases in the public domain, ethical guidelines for addressing key points, exercises, and relevant internet sites.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescents
  • children
  • collaborative decision making
  • ethics
  • legal issues
  • mental health
  • moral development
  • school nurses
  • school counselling


  • Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health

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