Ethical Challenges in Long-term Care Settings, 1.5 CE

Presented by Suzanne Meeks, Ph.D.

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Workshop Description:

Organized by the ethical principles that form the foundation of standards for ethical practice of psychology, this workshop will address common ethical challenges that arise in long-term care settings. I will provide a framework for ethical decision-making for us to use to work through at least one case example, and emphasize positive ethical practice for preventing foreseeable ethical dilemmas. Skill Level: Beginning This workshop fulfills 1.5 of the 3 hours necessary according to the KRS 319 ethics/risk management requirement for psychology professionals.

Workshop Objectives:

Based on the content in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common ethical challenges that a clinician might encounter in long-term-care settings.
  • Identify the most important ethical principles and the conflicts among them, that can be applied to each common dilemma.
  • Apply an ethical decision-making framework to a specific dilemma in long-term care.
  • Describe how positive ethics practices can help to minimize ethical challenges in long-term care.

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About the presenter:

Suzanne Meeks, Ph.D. 

Dr. Meeks received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America. She completed an NIH-sponsored post-doctoral research fellowship at Indiana University, focused on Geropsychology. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, where she has been since she started as an Assistant Professor in 1987. She served her Department as Director of Clinical Training from 1995-2000, as Vice Chair from 2007-2009, and as Department Chair from 2009 to 2019. Her research interests have broadly covered psychopathology and well-being in late life, and she has spent much of the last two decades developing and refining an intervention for depression in nursing home residents called BE-ACTIV. Her work has been published in such journals as Psychology and Aging, Journals of Gerontology (Series B), Aging and Mental Health, and The Gerontologist. She has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Kindred Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently she is collaborating with researchers at the Providence VA and elsewhere to implement a VA version of BE-ACTIV in Community Living Centers (VA nursing homes). At U of L, Dr. Meeks teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to clinical psychology and aging. She was the 2008 President of the Society of Clinical Geropsychology, and is a member of American Psychological Association Divisions 12 & 20, Psychologists in Long Term Care (PLTC), and the Kentucky Psychological Association. She is a fellow of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America. She won the 2012 PLTC award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology in Long Term Care. Dr. Meeks is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist; she served as Associate Editor of that journal from 2014-2018, has served on the editorial board of the Clinical Gerontologist, and has been a frequent grant reviewer for the NIMH.

Workshop Pricing:

Member registration rate:$50.00
Non-member registration rate:$75.00
Student registration rate:$15.00

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Ethical Challenges in Long-Term Care Settings01:30:00
Lesson: Ethical Challenges in Long-term Care Settings 01:30:00
Quiz: Ethical Challenges in Long-Term Care Settings
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