Health Care Delivery and Child Welfare Seminar: The AIDS Example: Legal Theory and Practice (5/4)
This offering, 5 credits in the fall and 4 credits in the spring, will provide students with relevant background to assist them in taking a problem solving approach to the issues identified in practice. Substantive emphasis may vary depending on case development. Among the questions to be addressed will be the following:
- What is a medical providerís responsibility in educating patients about medical treatment for HIV, including the consequences to non-adherence to medication and potential side effects of medication?
- Who should make the decision about when to begin taking medication?
- When does a parentís failure or refusal to adhere to a particular medication regimen for his/her child amount to medical neglect warranting a report to protective services and possible removal of the child from his/her home?
- Can an adolescent consent to (or refuse) testing and treatment for HIV without the involvement of his/her parents or guardian? Who makes medical decisions for adolescents in foster care or group homes?
- What options exist when an adolescent is endangering his/her life by refusing to take medication for HIV illness?
- What services might be helpful to trying to reach at-risk adolescents?
- Should pregnant women be overtly tested for HIV or should informed consent protections remain in place?
The offering will address the following topics:
- Medical Decisionmaking, including Informed Consent, Testing and Confidentiality Protections;
- Parental Decisionmaking for Children and Adolescents;
- Medical Neglect and the CINA system;
- Issues Arising in Conducting Research with Children;
- Clinical Trials;
- Kinship Care, Barrier Faced By Caregivers;
- Public Benefit Issues including medical assistance;
- Advocating for children/adolescents with special needs in school
- Lawyer role, Interdisciplinary Practice;
- Ethical Issues (students will be asked to identify and write about issues as they arise in practice);
- Client Interviewing and Counseling;
- Dealing with Difference in Law Practice (students will be asked to identify differences/similarities between them and their clients and how they affect their representation of the client);
- Developing a Theory of the Case;
- Fact Investigation and Negotiation and Advocacy Strategies;
- Medical and Psycho-social issues faced by people with HIV Illness
Students wishing to enroll will be required to attend the Clinical Law Programís pre-semester orientation in August.
A paper written for this seminar may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.
This course qualifies for credit toward the Health Law Certificate.
Current & Previous Instructors:
|This course is not currently scheduled.|
Last offered Fall 2010.
Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course
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