Unethical Mental Health Practices: What do they look like?


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”-Abraham Lincoln

A review of some of the common unethical  practices perpetrated by unscrupulous mental health providers published by  Anchored-in-Knowledge.


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I recently spoke with a former colleague who shared a story of a young 17-year-old who was killed during a physical restraint (stay tuned for my Personal Stories Week on Psychcentral, coming August 17th-24th, for more on this story). She was not only disgusted by her colleagues but shocked that the agency suspended these three men with pay. This story sparked another story which sparked a series of questions about unethical behaviors and what they look like within mental health agencies. I have taken the opportunity to list a few below. Please feel free to share your experiences of unethical behaviors within mental health agencies in the comments section below.

What are common unethical practices?

It’s difficult for many families to determine what is ethical and what is unethical. Here is a list of unethical behaviors that often occur in mental health facilities:

  • Neglecting to meet with clients during a…

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