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date: 30 June 2022

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This chapter addresses the nature of moral issues in psychotherapy, and the way in which psychotherapists can be supported in dealing with them. It first explains the notion of moral dilemma, making use of the work of the philosopher Martha Nussbaum. Next it addresses Moral Case Deliberation (MCD) as an approach to support healthcare professionals. In MCD, a group of healthcare professionals deliberates on a moral issue in a concrete case. The deliberation is guided by a facilitator, who applies a deliberation method. The method presented here is the Dilemma Method. The chapter provides an example of a deliberation on a case in psychotherapy, concerning a patient with a request for euthanasia. It also describes experienced effects of MCD, and compares the approach with ethics consultation.

Keywords: clinical ethics support, dialogue, dilemma method, ethics consultation, evaluation, moral case deliberation, moral dilemma

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