Managed Care and the Care of the Soul
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.
Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics
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Open Access Status
Furman, Rich and Langer, Carol L., "Managed Care and the Care of the Soul" (2006). Social Work & Criminal Justice Publications. 198.