On Demand Grand Rounds: Ethical Challenges for Mental Health Care in Prison
This presentation was originally reviewed on December 4, 2023, and broadcast live online on November 10, 2021, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET.
This course is approved for 1.0 Category II Ethics Credits.
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The ecotone of the prison presents several challenges to ethical, just, and beneficial mental health care in prisons in the United States. Within the walls of the prison, the ongoing experiences of trauma, degradation and deprivation are affected by institutional-level and individual-level factors. Understanding the inter-relationality of these factors is paramount for the ethical delivery of mental health to the incarcerated. This presentation will provide information to health care practitioners about how to: a) recognize the challenges presented by the interrelated factors to mental health care providers; b) identify specific moral, social and justice factors facing mental health diagnosis and treatment in prisons; and, c) analyze the tensions that exist between the delivery of punishment and the delivery of mental health care in prisons, so that treatment can be ethical and efficacious.
This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals.
At the conclusion of this activity, attendees will be able to:
- Recognize challenges to the AMA Principles of Ethics by mental health care delivery in prison in the United States
- Identify the most urgent factors affecting ethical mental health care delivery in prison in the United States.
- Analyze the effects of the delivery of justice in prisons in the United States on the delivery of mental health care in prisons.
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About the speaker
Andy Watts is Professor of Religion at Belmont University and teaches courses in religion, ethics and human development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also teaches world religions and philosophical ethics at a medium-security prison in west-central Tennessee, as well as partners with a transformative justice and conflict transformation team on two units in the maximum-security prison in Nashville, including on death row. Andy practices experiential learning methodology with his students in prisons and on Native American reservations. He is published in academic and popular resources on these activities. He has served on the board of a non-profit providing Associate Degree education for the incarcerated, as well as worked with community leaders in Nashville to transform communities harmed by mass-and hyper-incarceration in the United States.
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Andy Watts, PhD, ThM, MDiv, reports that he has no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients during the past 12 months. He will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation.
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Grand Rounds: Ethical Challenges for Mental Health Care in Prison
Andy Watts, PhD, ThM, MDiv
Professor of Religion
Coordinator, Field Education
College of Theology and Christian Ministry
Originally reviewed December 4, 2023.
Originally broadcast live November 10, 2021, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Enduring Activity Credit Expiration Date: December 11, 2025.
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