2015 JEMH Conference

7th JEMH Conference on Ethics in Mental Health

Theme: “Singing in Three Part Harmony: Philosophy, Psychiatry, and the Legal System”
Date: June 11, 12, 13, 2015, Thursday (all day), Friday (all day), Saturday (morning)
Keynote Speakers: Art Caplan PhD & Jonathan D. Moreno PhD
City: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada (one hour east of Toronto, half hour south of Peterborough, on the main Via Rail line)
Location: Victoria Hall, 55 King Street West, Cobourg, Ontario
Hosted by: Hosted by the "Journal of Ethics in Mental Health" (www.jemh.ca) in association with McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) and The Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).
Conference Poster:
Sponsored by:
  • Northumberland Hills Hospital (Cobourg)
  • Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (Ottawa)
Keynote Speakers  

Art Caplan PhD is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health. He holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools.

Prior to coming to NYU Langone, he was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. Dr. Caplan also taught at the University of Minnesota (where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics), the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the Associate Director of the Hastings Center from 1984-1987.

Dr. Caplan has served on a number of national and international committees. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, and is the author or editor of 32 books and over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals. His most recent books are Contemporary Debates in Bioethics (Wiley 2013) and Ethics in Mental Healthcare: A Reader (MIT Press, 2013).

Jonathan D. Moreno PhD is a Penn Integrates Knowledge university professor at the University Pennsylvania, where he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy.

His book most recent book, released in October 2014, is Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network.

He has published 21 books and more than 500 papers, book chapters, reviews and op eds. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major media. The American Journal of Bioethics has called him “the most interesting bioethicist of our time.”



Thursday June 11th, 2015



  Welcome & Introduction (Concert Hall)      

John Maher MD FRCPC
Editor-in-Chief, JEMH

  The Historial Possibility of "Recovery      

Louis Charland PhD
Professor, Depts. of Philosophy and Psychiatry,
University of Western Ontario, London ON


Part 1

Part 2

  Emotivism and the Danger of Words and Stories      

Murray Littlejohn
Dept. of Philosophy,
University of New Brunswick, Saint John NB,
& Boston College, Boston MA


Part 2

Part 3

  Autism and Downs Syndrome: Funding Priorities?      

Tim Krahn MA
NovelTech Ethics,
Dalhousie University, Halifax NS

  The Ethics of Helping People - with a Tip of the Hat to B. F. Skinner"      

Marna S. Barrett PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pyschology,
Psychiatry Mood & Anxiety Disorders Treatment Research Program, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA



Keynote Speaker      
  Tick Tick Tick - the Ethical Challenges of Prenatal Genetic Testing for Mental Disorders      

Art Caplan PhD
Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics; Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health (Med Ethics), New York University, New York NY





Friday June 12, 2015

  Mental Health and Federal Corrections      

Ivan Zinger JD PhD
Executive Director and General Counsel
Office of the Correctional Investigator, Ottawa ON


Part 1

Part 2

  What’s Good about Defiance? Interpreting Aggressive and Defiant Behavior in Children      

Nancy Nyquist Potter PhD
Professor of Philosophy,
University of Louisville, Louisville KY


Part 1

Part 2

  Giving Asylum: The Ethics of Long-term Care for Patients with Serious, Refractory Mental Illness      

Dominic Sisti PhD
Director, Scattergood Ethics Program,
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA


Part 1

Part 2

  Moral Distress, Compassion Fatigue, and the Wellbeing of Health Professionals      

Wendy Austin PhD RN
Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Nursing & The Dossetor Health Ethics Centre
University of Alberta, Edmonton AB


Part 1

Part 2

Keynote Speaker      
  Impromptu Man      

Jonathan Moreno PhD
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA


Part 1

  Viktor and I      

A documentary about Vicktor Frankl made by his grandson. Discussion to follow…

  Just Keep Breathing      

A documentary about moral distress. Discussion to follow...

Saturday June 13, 2015

Keynote Speaker:      
  Mind Wars      

Jonathan Moreno PhD
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA


Part 3

  Psychologists, the Psychological Test Industry, and Ethics: The Case of Emotional Intelligence      

James Parker PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, Canada Research Chair in Emotion and Health, Trent University, Peterborough ON


Part 1

  Drug Treatment and Mental Health Courts      

The Honourable Justice Esther Rosenberg 
Ontario Court of Justice, Peterborough, Ontario