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Ethical Mental Health Practice in Diverse Cultures and Races


Fordham GSS Professor Winnie Kung, Ph.D., has just published research arguing that self-determination in collective cultures may involve inclusivity beyond individual clients.

The article, titled “Ethical mental health practice in diverse cultures and races,” was published in the Journal of Ethical and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. 

Kung’s research uses Beauchamp and Childress’s four ethical principles as a framework and integrates them with the NASW code of ethics in order to examine intersection with cultural diversity and antiracism, and its implications for mental health practice.

“Beneficence is culturally defined and evidence-based practices proven effective for some clientele have to be considered together with clients,” the article reads. “For non-maleficence, practitioners need to reduce biases and microaggressions to avoid harming clients. Finally, justice is attainable when antiracist approaches are in place and those marginalized have equitable access to culturally-sensitive services.”

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