Title

Managed Care and the Care of the Soul

Publication Date

2006

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article addresses the impact managed mental health care is having on the capacity of psychotherapists to work with people on the most salient issues of living. For nearly one hundred years clinical social work has been charged with the healing and caring of the souls and hearts of millions. Managed care, with its reductionistic, medical model philosophy, threatens this mission. This article discusses ethical dilemmas inherent in a system that is driven by corporate dictates rather than emotional and spiritual health. The authors conclude that entrusting for-profit managed mental health care conglomerates, with their focus on maximizing shareholder profit on preserving the mental health, is at best a risky proposition.

Publication Title

Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

Volume

3

Issue

2

First Page

1

Last Page

9

Version

open access