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The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care is housed in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. The ScattergoodEthics Program aims to elevate the national conversation about the ethics of research, treatment, and delivery of behavioral health care.


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Ethics Track at the 2016 American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting

For the past five years, the ScattergoodEthics Program has organized and sponsored a multi-session ethics track at the annual APA meeting.  

The 2016 ethics track includes ten sessions, led by nationally and globally renowned scholars, including:

"Recovering Inside: Is Correctional Psychiatry an Oxymoron?"

"Prodromal Psychosis: Ethical Challenges in Classification, Diagnosis & Treatment"

"The History, Ethics and Promise of Psychedelic Therapies"

"Beyond Googling: Psychiatric Monitoring of Patients’ Electronic Communication"

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In the News

New York Times | Psychiatric Institutions Are a Necessity | May 9, 2016 | Read Essay

WHYY Newsworks | Group of ethicists to examine mental health care behind bars | March 7, 2016 | Read Article

Health Magazine | All About the Psychedelic Club Drug Being Used to Treat Depression | November 4, 2015 | Read Article

Social Work Today | "Article Stirs Debate on Long-Term Psychiatric Care" | July-August | Read Article

The Philadelphia Inquirer | "Bill a good start in reforming mental-health care" | July 2, 2015 | Read Article

Australian Broadcast Corporation | "Controversial ketamine clinic linked to sex treatment company as medical board launches investigation" | June 15, 2015 | Read Article 

VICE | "The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of the Asylum" | April 27, 2015 | Read Article

A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums?

Dominic Sisti, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Renee Binder, M.D., University of California, San Francisco; Incoming President, American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club — Moderator

July 22, 2015

Recent Events

APRIL 21, 2016 | Grand Rounds in Psychiatry: Giving Aslyum? Ethical Issues in Long-Term Psychiatric Care | The University of Pennsylvania

JANUARY 21, 2016  | Giving Asylum? The Ethics of Long-Term Care for People with Severe Mental Illness | The Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital | Hartford, CT

JULY 22, 2015 | A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums? | The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco |  Listen

JUNE 11-13, 2015 | 7th Journal of Ethics in Mental Health Conference | Cobourg, Ontario

JUNE 7-9, 2015 | Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Association 1st Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference | Detroit, MI

About Us

The Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care (ScattergoodEthics) is housed within the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.  

ScattergoodEthics is dedicated to education, research, and resource development for the field of psychiatric, mental, and behavioral healthcare ethics. The program engages in scholarly research, trains and educates clinicians and scholars in mental and behavioral healthcare ethics, sponsors programs and public events, and promotes and advocates for greater attention to the ethical dimensions of diagnosis and treatment.  ScattergoodEthics is funded in large part by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. 

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