SPS304 Mental Health and the Community: Mental Health Issues
This assessment is in two parts and builds on your theoretical knowledge and aims to put that theoretical learning into application.
You will be required to choose from one case study involving vulnerable groups. You must identify and analyse the relevant ethical considerations and impact of mental health issues on the vulnerable group in your case study.
Your case study of choice must address the following:
· Define mandated, permitted and authorized breaches of confidentiality · Discuss situations in which mental health providers have a duty to report
· Explain a mental health professional’s duty to report child/elder abuse
· Analyse the mental health issues that are impacting on the client in your chosen case study.
Your report should include at least 8 (scholarly) journal articles read, in addition to any textbook references. The format and content of your report will be discussed in greater detail during tutorials.
Case Study One –
Charlie Charlie is a 65yr old Aboriginal man with ‘trust issues’, who has experienced long-term mental illness, such as depression and anxiety. Charlie is currently living in specialised supported residential accommodation for Indigenous people with mental health needs after being homeless for many years. The accommodation is designed to support the residents to achieve mental wellness and encourage them to get back in touch with their Aboriginal/Indigenous roots. Charlies’ health has improved, and he is more relaxed. John (who is also of Aboriginal descent) is Charlie’s mental health support worker and Charlie has recently disclosed that one of the support workers in his residential accommodation has inappropriately ‘touched’ him. Charlie has also asked John not to tell anyone because he is afraid of becoming homeless again. John tells Charlie that although there are no legal requirements mandating him to report, he is still bound by ‘Duty of Care’ to all clients, therefore he will have to report this abuse to his supervisor. John advises that he support Charlie through all steps of the process in order to help him feel safe.
Charlie · Charlie was part of the Stolen Generation, and he was forcibly removed from his family when he was only 5yrs old and never saw his family again. · Charlie was placed in an orphanage for 1 year before being adopted by a non-Indigenous family and completely lost contact with his Aboriginal culture. · Charlie has a history of mental health issues and was frequently hospitalised due to severe depression and suicidality. · Charlie currently smokes about 30 cigarettes a day, is malnourished and in poor physical health.
Case Study Two –
Jane Jane is currently receiving support and treatment to reduce her drug dependency. Jane is currently living with her partner and her 7yr old son and she believes that her partner maybe sexually abusing him. Jane’s counsellor is called Melanie and as per the organisation’s policy, Melanie explains the privacy and confidentiality requirements on her first visit. Jane states that she understands but then discloses that she believes her son maybe being sexually abused by her partner and asks Melanie to keep this just between the two of them.
Melanie explains that under State Law she is required to report this information to her supervisor, who will report to the appropriate authorities. Jane becomes very upset, but listens as Melanie outlines the steps she will take to help her work through the process and how she will support her.
· Jane has a long history of using cocaine and has previously been diagnosed and treated for bipolar
· Jane lives with her 7yr old son and her partner (not the biological father of the son) · Jane is attending counselling from the Salvation Army to support her AOD issues