Abstract and Keywords
Ethical and contextual challenges that psychiatric professionals encounter when working with school professionals are discussed in an effort to maximize effective and ethical psychiatric care. Given the interdisciplinary environment and contextual issues inherent in providing psychiatric services to students; strategies for collaborative interdisciplinary communication are discussed. Several unique issues regarding confidentiality and informed consent when providing mental health services to patients are described. A variety of assessment issues are considered, including issues regarding special education classification, computerized scoring systems, risk assessments, communication of assessment results and recommendations to school professionals. Issues related to coordination and sequencing of treatments and communication about medication are also reviewed.
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