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Ethical Issues in Eating Disorders - Treatment Four Illustrative Scenarios
Jane Warren and Jeffrey McGee
The primary objective of this article is to demonstrate how the ACA Code of Ethics (2005) can be used to proactively review ethical issues in ED interventions. First, we provide a brief overview of eating disorders followed by a general discussion of ethics in counseling. We identify four ethical challenges: confidentiality, informed consent, counselor awareness, and counselor wellness. Each challenge is followed by a real-life scenario related to working with EDs and is intended to illustrate the ethical issue. Each scenario is followed with a brief discussion regarding the ethical issues. All four scenarios are adapted for this article to protect the identity of each of the involved individuals. Our hope is that practitioners will use this approach to proactively review potential ethical challenges they may face in ED work.