• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lynne A Kellner, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Suzanne Young Bushfield, PhD, MSW
Item#: N1507
Contents: 1 Course Book (46 pages)

Ethical Issues in Children's Health Care

Price $19.95
Item # N1507
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

This thought-provoking course explores ethical principles and dilemmas that commonly arise when working with children and their parents. The course examines such scenarios as parents' rights to refuse a child or adolescent treatment developmental issues conflicting wishes of parents and minors and treating adolescents without parental consent. Custody issues confidentiality sexuality pregnancy and birth control immunizations violence risky behaviors and medications are some of the topics addressed. The course presents a decision making model to aid the clinician in asking difficult questions and balancing rights and responsibilities of parents and children. 

Course Objectives
  • Identify ethical principles that underlie all healthcare decision making.
  • Differentiate the rights of parents and children in children's healthcare decision making.
  • Identify ethical concerns in decisions involving pregnancy.
  • Identify controversial healthcare issues involving children and adolescents.
  • Recognize ethical issues that mental health clinicians face in working with children and their families.
Lynne A. Kellner, PhD, received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1994. She has worked as an outpatient psychologist providing group and individual counseling to clients in recovery from serious mental illness. Currently she is Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA.
Suzanne Young Bushfield, PhD, MSW, has more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and researcher. She has been on the faculty of Lewis Clark State College, Arizona State University, and New Mexico State University. Dr. Bushfield presently serves as accreditation specialist in the Office of Social Work Accreditation and Educational Excellence at the Council on Social Work Education. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics related to health, ethics, families, and aging. Dr. Bushfield’s publications include a book, End of Life and Addiction: A Family Systems Approach, and numerous articles on social work and issues that affect women across the lifespan.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • 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, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ 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.