Laurie Cooper, PsyD
Keynote Presentation Title:
“Navigating Complexity: Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders”
All mental health conditions should be approached with the utmost care in considering basic ethical practices – confidentiality and informed consent, operating within one’s scope of competency and ensuring practices that do not cause harm to our clients – which are common to each clinical discipline. However, many of the ethical issues facing practitioners treating eating disorders may differ from those with a general client base. What happens when the medically compromised client is experiencing intense ambivalence about treatment? How do we ensure we are fully knowledgeable enough about the field to be operating within our scope of expertise? Can we provide efficacious care and include the client’s own preferences, when the illness appears to have significantly disrupted the patient’s judgement and value system? How might the lack of professionals with eating disorder expertise impact our ability to seek consultation? This presentation will cover these issues and more – using case examples to illustrate common areas of ethical difficulties that are specific to working with individuals with eating disorders.
- Attendees will be able to identify two common issues that impact an individual’s competency to treat eating disorders.
- Attendees will describe the four components of Principalism and why they are relevant for ED treatment.
- Attendees will identify two ways in which to guard against ethical mis-steps.
Laurie Cooper, Psy.D. is a Regional Assistant Vice President of Operations for the Renfrew Centers as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Cooper received her Doctorate of Psychology from Baylor University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her clinical and administrative experience includes more than 25 years of care in outpatient and intensive-care settings treating eating disorders, women’s issues and lifespan psychological assessment.