Collaborating with Human Service Professionals Essay

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Collaborating with Human Service Professionals

Summary of the Case Mary, a 31-year-old single mother of three children (ages 9, 5, and 3) has been seeing Annabelle, a mental health counselor at a community mental health center for about 4 months. She has become increasingly anxious over past few weeks and reports that she feels frightened all the time, is unable to sleep through the night, and worries that “something horrible is going to happen.” She also admits to having a “couple of drinks” during the evening several times a week. Mary shared during her last session with Annabelle that she is very worried that she is a horrible mother and is afraid that her children will be taken away and placed in foster care.
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They can have a master’s or a doctorate in clinical, educational, counseling, or research psychology (NAMI, 2013). A psychiatrist is trained to provide medical and psychiatric evaluations, treat psychiatric disorders, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe and monitor medications. They have to have a M.D. or D.O. with four years of specialized study and training in psychiatry after their master’s degree (NAMI, 2013).
Ethical Roles in This Case’s Interdisciplinary Team An interdisciplinary collaboration is “an effective interpersonal process that facilitates the achievement of goals that cannot be reached when individidual professionals act on their own” (Bronstein, 2003). This particular team is made up of five human service professionals at this time and others may be temporary added or join as needed for the case. Bronstein states that clients often need professionals with diverse educational backgrounds and specific expertise for the promotion of client welfare.

There are several ethical dilemmas that the mental health professionals that are working as a team will face including “ensuring that the client has given informed consent, maintaining client confidentiality, and involving professionals, paraprofessionals, and family in appropriate coordinated processes that benefit the client” (Paproski & Haverkamp, 2000, p.96). The American Counseling Association (ACA) code of ethics
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