Tania, an experienced social worker in a community mental health center was working with Bart who has a long history of being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Bart had been taking a mood stabilizer drug since his last hospitalization six months ago, and now was reporting that he no longer would continue the medicine. He disliked the side effects and was hopeful that he would continue to function well unmedicated. Tania was concerned; she decided to:
A) Emphasize the benefits of the medication. B) Discuss the pro and cons of making this change, accepting that the decision was Bart’s to make. C) Tell Bart that he was breaking the conditions of the treatment plan, and that she could no longer continue to work with him. D) Discuss this event with her supervisor before proceeding.
The correct answer is 'B". Concept: Self-determination. (Stopping the medicine is not clearly life-threatening.)