Sac State

Eighth Annual Fall Ethics Symposium

Ethics and Mental Health

Understanding and achieving mental health are activities that have significant moral dimensions. For example, the identification of mental traits as healthy or unhealthy often requires having views about what is both psychologically and morally good for human beings. Likewise, the pursuit of mental health often requires having moral virtues like honesty, compassion, trustworthiness, and courage. How can we, as morally responsible individuals, best obtain and maintain our own mental health? How can we, as friends and family members, best support the mental health of those we love? How can we, as students, professionals, researchers, and co-workers, best facilitate the mental health of those we live with? How can we, as citizens, best structure our communities to provide mental health care to those who need it? Come join us in discussion as we consider answers to these questions and address some of the most important contemporary ethical issues in mental health.

As always, this event is free and open to the public.

We especially welcome our colleagues and community members active in the biomedical, health care and related fields to participate!

The Symposium will take place at the Sacramento State Campus.


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Symposium Program

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Well (Terrace Suite)

8:30am-9:00am Morning Refreshments, Coffee/Tea in the Lobby


9:00-9:25am Greetings and Opening Remarks

Russell DiSilvestro, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, Sacramento State

Rick Schubert, Professor of Philosophy, Cosumnes River College and Executive Director, CRC-CPPE Fall Ethics Symposium Series

Christina M. Bellon, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State

Edward Inch, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, Sacramento State

Lori Varlotta, Senior Vice President for Planning, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Sacramento State

Deborah Travis, President, Cosumnes River College


9:30 am – 10:50 am Keynote Session: Virtues and Vices of the Current State of Mental Health Care in California and Beyond


Nielsen M. Gabriel, President, Associated Students Incorporated, Sacramento State

Keynote Speaker:

Dan Morain, Senior Editor, Sacramento Bee


11:00 am – noon Panel: Ethics and the Mental Health Professional


Chantel Banus, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Associated Students Incorporated, Sacramento State


Richard L. Kravitz, MD, MSPH, Professor and co-vice Chair of Research, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California Davis; Interim Director, University of California Center, Sacramento

Charles Schaffer, MD, Psychiatrist, Sacramento


Noon-1:15pm Lunch Break
Please visit one of the dining establishments serving campus, either in the Union or at the Riverfront Center.

1:30 – 2:45 pm Panel: Ethics and Mental Health on the College Campus


Amy Andres, Philosophy Major, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State


Shannon Dickson, Professor, Department of Counselor Education, Sacramento State

Celia Esposito-Noy, Vice President, Student Services and Enrollment Management, Cosumnes River College


3:00 – 4:15 pm Panel: Philosophical Perspectives on Ethics and Mental Health


Veronica Petersen, Philosophy Major, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State


Kyle Swan, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State

Thomas Pyne, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State

G. Randolph Mayes, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State


4:30 pm Reception in the Lobby
All participants and audience members are encouraged to join us for a reception, where we can continue the conversation over light refreshments.



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