Working with Parents Withholding Life-Saving Medical Care on the Basis of Religious Belief

Course Description

In the United States, hundreds of children have died and thousands more have endured pain or illness that could have been prevented with basic medical care. This workshop addresses instances in which medical care is withheld on the basis of religious belief. The workshop explores the basis for these beliefs and the possibility of working within myriad cultures to nonetheless treat the child. The workshop also explores when, over the objection of a parent, the government can intervene to provide necessary medical care to a child.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand religious practices in which medical or mental health care is withheld from children.

2. Learn concrete strategies for working within these cultures in the hope of getting children necessary medical or mental health care.

3. Learn when the government is able to intervene in a case in which medical care is being withheld on the basis of religious belief.

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