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WVNEC Noon Webinar - Ethical and Legal Issues in Mental Health Treatment



Event Cost:

WVNEC Members: $20.00

Non-Members: $30.00

Course Description:

An institutional ethics committee is a multi-disciplinary committee of health care providers and lay people who assist patients, families or surrogates, health professionals, and staff to recognize and resolve conflicts in medical decision making in the institutional setting. This series will instruct participants in the structure and function of the ethics committee, the ethics consultation process, tools to use in the conduct of ethics consultation, and WV health law. It will provide practical examples of the ethical analysis and resolution of cases in the hospital, nursing home, and hospice settings and prepare participants to conduct ethics consultation.

This webinar will examine the interesting ethical and legal issues of who should make decisions for Bea—A Woman with Schizoaffective Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder (AKA multiple personality disorder)—when she lacks decision-making capacity and whether a mental health advance directive would help her to receive the care she wants when she is delusional and unable to direct her care. Our interdisciplinary panel of mental health, ethical, and legal experts discuss the case from multiple perspectives, and join the discussion with your comments and questions.


At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  1. apply ethical principles and the process of ethical decision-making to analyze and resolve ethical conflicts in patient care;
  2. incorporate knowledge of WV healthcare law into the process of ethical decision-making; and
  3. proceed in a systematic way to perform ethics consultation on a challenging case.


Laurel Faulkenberry, MA, LPC, NCC
Adult Clinical Therapist
Dept of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry
Chestnut Ridge Center

Daniel Miller, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
Eberly College of Arts & Sciences
West Virginia University 

Shawna White, Esq. Attorney Disability Rights of West Virginia

Shawna White, Esq.
Disability Rights of West Virginia

Moderator:  Alvin H. Moss, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Professor Medicine, WVU School of Medicine
Section of Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, and Hospice
Director, WVU Center for Health Ethics and Law
Executive Director, West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees

Target Audience:

This conference is appropriate for physicians, nurses, social workers, administrators, clergy, attorneys, and ethics committee members who serve on institutional ethics committees and wish to expand their knowledge of ethical and legal issues in health care ethics consultation.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the WVU School of Medicine and WV Network of Ethics Committees.

The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

For each session: The WVU Office of CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1  CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For each session: This continuing education activity has been provided by the West Virginia University School of Nursing for 1.2 contact hours. The West Virginia University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Legislative Rule §19CSR11-4 under provider number 50-26086.

This course is sponsored by the Center for Health Ethics and Law, Provider Number 490095, which is a Certified Provider of continuing education credits for social workers. For each session: This program has been awarded up to 1 hour of continuing education credit. Please consult your state licensing board for limits on CE hours for other than “face-to-face” programs.

For each session: This program has been approved for 1.2 MCLE online credits under the West Virginia Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Deadline to register is Friday, February 18, 2022. 

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