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The Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists considers the compatibility of science and morality. Challenging readers to question the fundamental philosophical values of professional psychology, the editors and contributors inspire the ethical impulse and encourage active moral leadership. An essential reference for professional and academic psychologists and counselors, the Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists is also an exceptional primary or supplementary reader for graduate students enrolled in courses on Ethics in Psychology and Ethics and Professional Concerns and for anyone considering the compatibility of science and morality.
Chapter 11: Ethical Principles of the Psychology Profession and Involuntary Commitment
Ethical Principles of the Psychology Profession and Involuntary Commitment
Psychologists sometimes encounter clients who are a threat to their own safety or to the safety of others. In such situations, we may consider whether it would be best to have the client placed in a restrictive environment, typically a psychiatric hospital or unit, to protect them from themselves or to protect others. If a client refuses to consent to such a treatment decision, they can, under certain specific conditions established by law, be detained against their will. Doing so is called involuntary commitment. Needless to say, taking away someone's freedom, even if temporarily and with the best intentions, is a serious matter fraught with legal, ...