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.

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Symposium Program

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


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

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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 SessionVirtues and Vices of the Current State of Mental Health Care in California and Beyond

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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

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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


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

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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

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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