101355: Social Workers' Familiarity With Psychiatric Advance Directives: Implications for Education, Practice, and Research

About the Course:

Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are legal documents that allow competent individuals to express wishes for psychiatric care to be followed during a future crisis when they may no longer be able to do so. PADs are intended to enhance client autonomy at a time when clients are most vulnerable—when in psychiatric crisis and thus in need of treatment, yet unable to voice their wishes because of illness. Despite their potential utility, PADs are infrequently used. The authors examined social workers’ familiarity and experience with PADs and found surprisingly low levels of PAD awareness. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Social Work and PADS: An Historical Context II Method III Results IV Discussion V Recommendations and Conclusions

Journal/Publisher:

(Families in Society) Alliance for Children and Families

Publication Date:

2008/ Vol. 89, No. 2

Authors

Anna Scheyett, PhD, MSW, LCSW; Mimi Kim, PhD; Jeffrey Swanson, PhD; Marvin Swartz, MD; Eric Elbogen, PhD; Richard Van Dorn, PhD; Joelle Ferron, PhD, MSW

About the Authors:

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Research Scientist, School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Professor, Services Effectiveness Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

Professor, Services Effectiveness Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, Justice, and Public Affairs, Florida International University

Post-doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth University

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about psychiatric advance directives. It is appropriate for participants with beginning and intermediate levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. 1. Discuss the background and utility of psychiatric advance directives (PADs).

  2. 2. Exploration of the use of PADs by social workers and reasons why they might not be familiar with them.

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