Noetic Health Institute
Arthur Smith, Ph.D., Director
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The Medical Ethics of Caring
How to Best Use Your Training and Background
in Deciding to do the Right Thing


As a 21st century health care professional, some of your most challenging questions are not medical, but philosophical. For example, how do you allocate finite resources when human life is considered infinitely valuable? Unfortunately, there is no rule book that can make these decisions for you, but the responsibility is still in your hands. Ethics is not about formulating complex rules. It is about anticipating possible outcomes and choosing the one that is best for all concerned. By shifting the focus from rules to outcomes, ethics becomes an arena for which you are much better trained and prepared.

Who Should Attend

Physicians, nurses, social workers, psychotherapists, administrators, and anyone responsible for making ethical decisions in health care.

Learning Objectives

As a participant, you will come to understand:

  • The two basic ethical systems in Western philosophy
  • The relationship between morality, ethics, economics, and the law in delivering health care.
  • Why most ethical systems break down in the face of health care professionals’ tough decisions
  • Why you would — or would not — decide to be ethical in the first place
  • The difference between ethical judgments and ethical decisions, and their relative importance
  • The role of feelings and emotions in ethics
  • Why an adequate set of rules defining medical ethics is impossible — even in theory
  • How to integrate your compassionate instinct with your training and background to make ethical choices — even when ethical guidelines are woefully inadequate.

Seminar Formats

Note: Fees represent our charges to the sponsoring organization. The number of students, and any tuition fees charged to the students, are at the sponsoring organization's discretion.

One-hour Keynote/Lecture
Provides a solid overview of mind/body medicine with some time allotted to a question-and-answer session. Also described on the "Lectures" page under the same title.

Continuing education credit: one contact hour.
Fee: $500

Three-hour Seminar
Provides for interaction between the audience and the instructor and time to discuss actual or hypothetical scenarios.

Continuing education credit: three contact hours.
Fee: $1,500

Six-hour (One-day) Seminar

Best for audiences that want more hands-on knowledge and can devote a full day to it. The first session is lecture-discussion, with extensive audience interaction throughout. The second is devoted primarily to demonstrating therapeutic techniques. 

Continuing education credit: six contact hours.
Fee: $3,000


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Continuing Education Provider Approved by the:

California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #2388

for 1, 3, or 6 Contact Hours, depending on seminar format.

(May also be provided under a sponsoring organization's provider number.)

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