September 26, 2019

The Ethical Challenges of Treating Patients in the Digital Age [CE Workshop for Professionals]

eating recovery foundation conference ethicsOn October 10, Dr. Craig Johnson will moderate an engaging presentation from Dr. Patricia Westmoreland and Karen Schneller, LMFT. This session, a pre-conference CE opportunity, will review some of the most challenging ethical considerations for modern behavioral healthcare providers. 

1. The ethical considerations of treating those with severe and enduring eating disorders (SEEDs) as well as involuntary treatment
2. The ethical considerations of telebehavioral health treatment  

Ethical considerations in involuntary treatment for severe eating disorders
 
Eating disorders can be treated and yet some people with eating disorders struggle for years with chronic, enduring, severe, and deadly illnesses. At this pre-conference workshop, Dr. Westmoreland will discuss the ethical dilemmas of treating patients with severe and enduring eating disorders. She will also discuss the role of guardianship and certification and whether or when there is a time these treatment modalities are not useful, and other ways of managing an individual with an eating disorder should be considered. Such interventions include pharm reduction and palliative care.  
 
Dr. Westmoreland will also discuss decision making capacity in individuals with eating disorders, and whether there is a point in time where any further treatment could be considered futile. Lastly, Dr. Westmoreland will also discuss the emergence of requests by individuals with eating disorders for physician assisted suicide.
 
Ethical considerations in telebehavioral health
 
As professionals, we know that one of the biggest hurdles to treatment is the lack of qualified mental health clinicians in many places across the nation. People in need of mental health services often don’t know how to get help or where to go. They may give up when they can’t find a provider that is convenient enough — or financially feasible. 
 
Telebehavioral health — providing patients behavioral health services through different forms of technology — is currently being offered by numerous clinicians from diverse backgrounds. The delivery of telehealth is new, relatively speaking, pinpointing the importance of addressing the ethical challenges that may arise with this modern delivery of behavioral health services. 
 
At this CE offering, Karen Schneller will discuss how telebehavioral health services have grown dramatically over the past decade with applications in underserved populations, rural areas, and post-disaster locales[1]. The presentation will include various modalities of technology such as telephonic, internet-based, mobile applications, and videoconferencing[2].  
 
Karen will also review how, despite the increased usage, many clinicians express a lack of knowledge on how to ethically and responsibly provide this type of care as well as confusion about the circumstances under which they may or may not do so. Providers will leave the presentation with a better grasp on how to ethically and responsibly provide services via telebehavioral health. 
 
Join us in October
 
Earn up to 3 CEs by joining us in Denver for our Pre-Conference Session, Ethical Challenges in Treating Patients in the Digital Age with Craig Johnson, PhD, CEDS, FAED; Patricia Westmoreland, MD; & Karen Schneller, LMFT, CEDS, BC-TMH. The workshop will take place on October 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. at the Westin Denver Downtown and the cost is $50. 
 
We also invite you to stay in Denver and join us on October 11th and 12th for two full days of education, networking, and connection at our 11th Annual Eating Recovery Foundation Conference. Gain valuable insights from others in your field, and experience training and cutting-edge techniques from recognized leaders that you can apply in your practice right away. 
 
Learn more about the conference and register here.
 
About the Presenters:
 
Dr. Craig Johnson, PhD, CEDS, FAED has been a leader in the field of Eating Disorders for more than 35 years. He is the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Family Institute for Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and has formerly held faculty appointments at Yale University Medical School, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School. He was the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Co-Founder of the International Conference of Eating Disorders, Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Founding Member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, and Co-Founder and past President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). He has been a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded researcher for over 15 years and has authored over 80 research articles and three books. He has received distinguished contribution awards from AED, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iAEDP), NEDA, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and the American Red Cross. NEDA also honored Dr. Johnson by creating the Craig Johnson Award for Clinical Excellence and Training, which is awarded annually.
 
Karen Schneller, MFT, CEDS, BC-TMH, is the Clinical Director of Telebehavioral Health for Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health.   She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist in the state of California, Texas and Ohio.  Additionally, she is Board Certified in TeleMental Health (BC-TMH) which is an advanced certification in the laws and ethics of delivering therapeutic services via web based platforms.  Karen has been working in the field of eating disorders since 2003 and has experience in all levels of care.  
In her current role as the Clinical Director of Telebehavioral Health she leads the Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (Virtual IOP) team in delivering ERC’s proven IOP programming and curriculum in a virtual format to patients in Texas, California and Ohio.  Ms. Schneller is excited to be on the forefront of expanding access through telebehavioral health to connect with patients in areas where specialized services may not be available.  She is thrilled to share with others how telebehavioral health can reach those who may not seek treatment otherwise, due to distance or other factors. 
 
Patricia Westmoreland, MD is an attending psychiatrist at Eating Recovery Center in Denver and practices forensic psychiatry in Denver, CO. She attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and received her MBBCh (MD) in 1995. She completed a brain imaging research fellowship, a residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, and an Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Iowa. In July 2012, she graduated from the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado. Dr. Westmoreland is board certified in General Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Forensic Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), President of the Colorado Psychiatric Society (CPS), Chair of the Colorado Physicians for Mental Health Political Action Committee, and a representative to the APA Assembly. She is also on the council of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and Chair of the AAPL Suicidology Committee. Her interests include ethical and legal challenges in managing patients with severe eating disorders, psychiatric evaluation and management of medically ill patients, and the intersection between psychiatry and the law.
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