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Involving Minors in Decisions about Medical and Mental Health Care: Legal, Ethical, Developmental and Clinical Considerations

  • 24 Sep 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • Participants will receive 3 CE credits.
  • This webinar is discounted for DCPA students. Please use your student email to register. Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • Registrants will receive 3 continuing education credits.
  • Please use your student email to register. Continuing education credits are not issued under this category.
  • 3 CE credits will be issued under this registration.
  • 3 CES will be issued under this registration.

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Event Description: 

This workshop will review the legal, ethical, developmental, clinical, and cultural considerations for involving minors in decision-making, including relevant science in adolescent decision-making, risk-taking and brain development. The presenter will pose (and invite) clinical case examples for interaction with participants to illustrate the utility of this framework in everyday practice.

3 Continuing Education Credits are available

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1) Participants will be able to identify the three legal requirements for the standard of informed consent.

2) Participants will be able to describe three elements of a framework for determination of minors’ appropriate level of involvement in health care decisions.

3) Participants will be able to distinguish the relative importance of ethical, developmental and clinical considerations for involving minors in health care decisions across different cases. 

Presenter Information:  Mary Ann McCabe, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. McCabe is a clinical psychologist in independent clinical practice and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Forum on Promoting Children’s Wellbeing. She was previously the Director of the Office for Policy and Communications of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and Director of Training in Psychology and Director of Health Psychology at Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. McCabe is an APA Fellow and currently serves on the APA Council of Representatives and Chair of the Interdivisional Task Force on Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She has just completed her term on the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) and served previously as Chair of the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), Member of the Workgroup on Expanded Advocacy and Chair of the Committee for Professional Practice and Standards (COPPS).

Dr. McCabe received her BA in psychology from Clark University and doctorate in clinical psychology at the Catholic University of America. She completed her clinical internship and fellowships in Child Psychology and the Law and Pediatric Psychology through Harvard Medical School at Judge Baker Children’s Center, Children’s Hospital of Boston, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

*DCPA Refund Policy:   Refund requests more than one week prior to the webinar should be sent to  If the request comes within one week of the webinar, only credit will be offered.

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