Ethics require integrity and duty of care, with client’s interests prioritised while simultaneously ensuring the therapist self-care necessary to practice in our challenging work context. Ethics are challenging, yet endlessly fascinating, with few clearcut rules beyond the guidance provided by professional frameworks.
- Ethics draw on personal values, professional standards and legal requirements.
- What is ethical for one person, may be regarded unethical by another.
- Ethical therapists aim to maintain an attitude of continuous reflexive questioning of the broader relational and social context.
- We exercise our professional judgements as best we can in the light of our own professional theories, frameworks and guidelines.