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The Virtuous PsychiatristCharacter Ethics in Psychiatric Practice$
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Jennifer Radden and John Sadler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389371.001.0001

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(p.199) 8 Conclusion
The Virtuous Psychiatrist

Jennifer Radden (Contributor Webpage)

John Z. Sadler

Oxford University Press

The brief concluding chapter returns to the questions, first introduced in Chapter 5, of whether, and how, virtue can be taught. The preceding discussions have laid out reasons why virtue should be taught to those who will practice psychiatry. There is a growing body of evidence indicating it is possible to deepen and augment the affective and moral responses making up character traits such as empathy, for example, using a range of pedagogical techniques that harness imaginative capabilities. Alongside the practice skills they learn, the virtues of the good practitioner in psychiatry should and can be habituated and deepened using such techniques, it is argued. As well as to the acquisition of more technical skills, emphasis ought to be placed on character training.

Keywords:   aristotle, character training, empathic emotions, habituation, practice skills, teaching, value- and virtue-laden clinical practices

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