California's End of Life Options Act
A Primer for Psychologists
Presented by Rhoda Olkin, Ph.D.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Registration: 10:00 AM, Workshop: 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Gronowski Clinic, Building C (15 A) Los Altos, CA
(2 CE units)
In June, 2016, California joined four other states (and Canada) in legalizing assistance in ending one’s life when living with a disease that is projected to be terminal within six months. Several facets of the law may involve psychologists, and as such psychologists need to be informed about the details and requirements of the law.
This presentation will focus first on the requirements in the law. Then several possible end-of-life vignettes will be outlined and discussed as they relate to psychologists. Ethical concerns will be presented in the vignettes, demonstrating the types of decisions that psychologists could be asked to facilitate with their clients. Possible unanticipated discriminatory outcomes of the law are considered.
Topics discussed will include:
Assessment of informed consent;
Mental status, especially with regard to depression;
Adequate pain management,
The rights of any remaining minor children,
The family’s religious and moral concerns.
Rhoda Olkin, Ph.D., Is a licensed psychologist who is a Distinguished Professor at The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco, where she has previously served as a program director. Dr. Olkin is The Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Health Psychology, CSPP.
She has been in clinical practice since 1984, providing direct client service as well as expert witness work re: physical, sensory, and psychiatric disabilities. In addition, Dr. Olkin has received numerous APA awards, served on many state and national committees, and has an impressive and extensive list of publications.
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