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Counselors often experience an ethical dilemma when mandating treatment for clients with eating disorders. In this article, the authors will briefly discuss the characteristics of eating disorders, the impact of cognitive impairment on the decision to mandate treatment, and the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and nonmalificence that counselors must consider when work-ing with clients from this population. To address ethical concerns, the authors will apply Welfel’s (2010) ethical decision-making model to a case involving a client with Anorexia Nervosa.

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Smith, J. E., Michero, E., & Fineran, K. R. (2013). Promoting Client Welfare and Preserving Autonomy: Ethical Treatment of Eating Disorders, Michigan Journal of Counseling, 40(2), 12-27. doi:10.22237/mijoc/1385856120





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