Ethical challenges in mental health services to children and families
Article first published online: 2 APR 2008
© 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 64, Issue 5, pages 601–612, May 2008
How to Cite
Koocher, G. P. (2008), Ethical challenges in mental health services to children and families. J. Clin. Psychol., 64: 601–612. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20476
- Issue published online: 12 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2008
- conflict of interests;
Mental health practitioners working with children and families must attend to several ethical concerns that do not typically come into play with adult clients. The challenges for practitioners usually involve attention to four subsets of concerns that all begin with the letter c: competence, consent, confidentiality, and competing interests. Using the 4-C model, this article focuses on ethical aspects of practitioner competence, consent and assent, confidentiality, and the incongruence of interests that occurs when different people organize and set goals for psychological services. After explicating these issues, I provide recommendations for addressing them in the course of clinical practice. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol:In Session 64 : 1–12, 2008.