Ethics is a cornerstone of eating disorder care. It provides a framework for clinical decision-making and practice, differentiating “good” from “bad” and “right” from “wrong.” Though there are no hard and fast rules for clinicians approaching situations of ethical concern, every decision is guided by a moral code. In this blog, we will explore key ethical principles and dilemmas facing eating disorder treatment providers.
Eating disorders are complex mental and physical illnesses. Ethics in the treatment of eating disorders share this same complexity. From the moment a potential client makes the first call to our admissions team to the time that a client finishes treatment, ethical considerations are constantly at work. Each member of the multidisciplinary treatment team must adhere to the professional standards set by the organizations that license, certify, and support them, while the team collectively upholds the highest standard of client care.
Ethical principles in the treatment of eating disorders include, but are not limited to:
In the treatment of clients with eating disorders, we often find ourselves faced with conflicting ethical principles, and the path to “right” or “wrong” is not clear.
Examples of these ethical dilemmas include:
Ethics in the treatment of eating disorders requires providers to not only consider ethical principles but personal factors as well. Considering these things allows us to provide quality care for our clients grounded in integrity, competence, and compassion.
Do you live in a state that requires an ethics course at the time of each licensure renewal? Do you find yourself taking the same ethics course at each renewal? Do you treat clients with eating disorders and have you been searching for an ethics workshop that would be more applicable to the work that you do?
If you answered “yes” to any or all these questions, join us for a complimentary continuing education event on the topic on Thursday, May 9th. The presentation–Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders–will be presented by Krista Crotty, LMFT, PsyD.
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