Moral Injury and Mental Health Clinicians

1/18/2022 6:31:00 PM

How to mitigate the impact of ethical dilemmas on mental health professionals.

Here's why some therapists who feel unable to fully help patients over video are experiencing the ethical pain of 'moral injury'

How to mitigate the impact of ethical dilemmas on mental health professionals.

Start a conversation about moral injury: The objective here would be to allow clinicians time to voice their concerns, consider moral dilemmas, and discuss how to promote.Provide support for ethically challenging decisions: This would include making sure all decisions have supervisory support and ensuring that there are processes in place to take the burden of such decisions off of individual clinicians.

Identifying resources for dealing with moral injury: These could be spiritual, emotional, or psychological.Ensuring prompt and easy access toethicsconsultation: In situations where it seems that any action might violate a core value of healing professionals, medical ethicists should be made available and continuous consultation should be provided.

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Following are some of the major recommendations that would help mental health clinicians in particular: Start a conversation about moral injury : The objective here would be to allow clinicians time to voice their concerns, consider moral dilemmas, and discuss how to promote . Provide support for ethically challenging decisions : This would include making sure all decisions have supervisory support and ensuring that there are processes in place to take the burden of such decisions off of individual clinicians. “We’re just going to wait and see how it heals and how he recovers over the next few weeks, and then there’ll be more of an evaluation and hopefully some sort of timeline. Identifying resources for dealing with moral injury : These could be spiritual, emotional, or psychological. Baker was later taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. Ensuring prompt and easy access to ethics consultation : In situations where it seems that any action might violate a core value of healing professionals, medical ethicists should be made available and continuous consultation should be provided. The guy loves to play. Ensuring that messaging and actions from leadership consistently reflect an understanding of moral injury and a genuine concern for the well-being of clinicians : Contradictory, inconsistent, or punitive messages and decisions undermine the morale of mental healthcare workers and can increase the risk of moral injury. 14.

As the shape of mental healthcare continues to shift, it is within our power to make sure the transition doesn’t leave irreversible scars on our clinicians. “I watched the play. Moral distress and moral injury are urgent concerns for those doing the heavy lifting here. Let’s address this reality, even as we deal with the strain on other parts of our healthcare system. If it’s isolated — which I guess it is — those do well, whether it’s a Grade 1 or Grade 2. References .