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Description:  What is involuntary commitment and how does it happen in North Carolina?  What happens to a person after being committed?  This session will introduce participants to the history of the use of involuntary commitment, describe examples of conservative use and broad application of the action, discuss more recent approaches and share perspectives from the clinical and advocacy fields regarding the debate of safety versus freedom. This workshop is intended only as an introduction to the topic and to stimulate discussion and further thinking about the ethics of mandatory treatment.

Trainer:  Tara Bohley, MPA, LMFT is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Behavioral Healthcare Resources Program Coordinator at UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.  Her previous direct services work has included Child Protective Services, Juvenile Justice, and Children’s Mental Health.  Her program management experience has been in the areas of nonprofit leadership, quality improvement, and clients rights.


Winston-Salem Clinical Lecture Series, a joint program of UNC School of Social Work and Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine

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