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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Lecture series: Contemporary issues in Psychiatric Ethics

“Ethical issues are pivotal to the practice of psychiatry. Anyone involved in psychiatric practice and mental healthcare has to be aware of the range of ethical issues relevant to their profession” (Bloch & Green, 2009). There is hardly another branch of medicine that has from the very first raised profound ethical questions as complex as those in the field of psychiatry. Classical issues of psychiatric ethics include involuntary commitment and other coercive measures, informed consent and capacity to consent of persons with mental disorders, or values in psychiatric assessment and diagnosis. The expansion of scientific knowledge of the brain, the development of new technologies of assessment and treatment, social changes, and the growing respect of the patients’ right for self-determination have led to new issues in psychiatric ethics such as physician-assisted dying in persons with mental disorders, psychiatric advance directives, Ulysses contracts, clinical ethics support services in psychiatry, or empowerment of psychiatric service users as full participants and co-producers of care.
Aim of the Lecture Series
This lecture series aims at providing a platform for such contemporary issues of psychiatric ethics. At each meeting, a lecture by a guest speaker is held followed by two prepared comments by PhD students on the ground of a previously read paper. PhD students can earn 1 ECTS point (1) if they are present at all three meetings, and (2) if they prepare and present one comment.
Monday, 8 October 2018, 11:00-12:30
Decision-making capacity and competence to consent: normative concept, clinical application, criticism
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Jochen Vollmann, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Monday, 22 October 2018, 11:00-12:30
Medical assistance in dying and psychiatric illness
Prof. Dr. med. Joris Vandenberghe, University of Leuven, Belgium
Monday, 18 November 2018, 11:00-12:30
Clinical Ethics Support Services in psychiatry and psychotherapy
Prof. Bert Molewijk, Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands; and University of Oslo, Norway
Registration is free but space is limited. Please contact Dr. Manuel Trachsel to register and if you are interested in preparing a comment on one of the lectures.
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