Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
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Saturday, January 27, 2007


If we look at the definition of treatment we will find two possible definitions:

1. action or behavior towards a person

2. management in the application of medicines, surgery, etc.

When we use the term 'treatment' in regards to those undergoing emotional distress, it appears that the main viewpoint is to solely look in terms of the second definition. In the past, such view of treatment led to oppression through such things as electroshock, lobotomy, and insulin coma. There was no examination of the first definition which is the key definition. If we are to use the term 'treatment' at all, then it must be connected to human rights and dignity, and thus how a person decides to 'treat' their client is based on how the therapist chooses to conduct themselves towards the person. Once again we see that treatment is the true sense is the building of relationship.

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