008. Ethical Dilemmas and Challenges in the Mental Health Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Morning Workshops (8:30 – 11:45 AM)


David Jenkins, Psy.D Lon Lynn, D.O.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors,

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners,



Mental health treatment of children and adolescents requires a greater emphasis on the ethics of the care being provided by all medical and mental health care professionals in the midst of complex, challenging, and often conflicting circumstances. This workshop reviews the 2023 AACC Code of Ethics update and addresses key ethical issues, challenges, and trends for faith-based mental health professionals caring for children and adolescents. Ethical competence will be highlighted when discussing how faith-based mental health professionals process ethical dilemmas and challenges unique to child and adolescent mental health treatment. Ethical decision-making models help medical and mental health practitioners systematically navigate challenging mental health treatment situations. Using these models can help improve care expectations while avoiding the potential for misunderstanding and the concern for malpractice. Three ethical issues (autonomy, confidentiality, and informed consent) will be discussed and analyzed through a case study approach using an ethical decision-making model. Attendees will be provided the opportunity to apply principles, competence, and models to their own caregiving situations during interactions with the presenters and each other.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
1. Evaluate the benefits of knowing and applying the 2023 AACC Code of Ethics to current developments and issues in child and adolescent mental health treatment for psychologists, psychiatrists, medical and osteopathic physicians, other licensed mental health practitioners, APRNs, P.A.s, students, pastoral counselors, and coaches.
2. Identify and apply faith-based counseling and referral ethical practices to help attendees competently navigate dilemmas and challenges in the current mental health treatment of children and adolescents.
3. Analyze ethical situations that medical and mental health practitioners may see in their practices and could lead to complications emphasizing best practices concerning safe decision-making, timely referrals, and additional advice-seeking opportunities.