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
College of Arts and Letters
Sacramento State

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

Deborah Travis 
Cosumnes River College


9:30 am – 10:50 am Keynote SessionVirtues 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 PanelEthics 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 PanelEthics 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.



Academic Technology and Creative Services, Sacramento State 
Cosumnes River Foundation 
The Well, Sacramento State 
Graphic Design Services and Duplicating Services, Cosumnes River College 
Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cosumnes River College 
Office of the President, Cosumnes River College 
Wagenlis Foundation