Ethical Considerations and Strategies for Improving Shared Decision-Making in Civil Commitment and Involuntary Hospitalization

Though the practice of civil commitment and involuntary hospitalization has markedly changed since the middle of the 20th century, it remains one of the most controversial procedures in behavioral healthcare.
This webinar explores civil commitment law through the lens of civil liberties for young adults of transition age. We consider the ethical tensions between a provider or family member's desire to help a young person experiencing serious mental illness and the young person's autonomy. Presenters will discuss the importance of shared decision making and will provide strategies for improving the process of civil commitments for youth and their families.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the history of civil commitment in the US.
  • Consider justifications for civil commitment and involuntary mental health treatment.
  • Identify best practices and practical strategies for shared decision making with youth and families through a civil commitment process.
  • Identify key questions for policy and agency decision makers to consider when establishing processes which may lead to civil commitment.


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