Canadian psychotherapists expect to soon find themselves in the same position as physicians when it comes to so-called medical assistance in dying — or MAiD — as the government looks to expand access to legal, medically-induced suicide.

And that’s making some of them extremely uncomfortable.

Just as doctors in most Canadian jurisdictions must check their conscience and help a patient die under certain circumstances —  even if it is only in referring a patient to someone who will carry out the practice — psychotherapists expect they will also be forced to go against their conscience in helping a patient with a mental disorder commit suicide.

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