Inner Ethics™ provides a reflective, compassionate, and transpersonal approach to being in “right relationship” with ourselves, our clients, and in community with others.
InnerEthics™ is an inner, complementary approach to ethics education, to traditional, external codes, rules, laws and standards, to help us guide our ethical behavior.
Ethics education for professionals usually focuses primarily on the ethical codes, laws, standards of care, and guidelines for holders of professional care-giving licenses. These external requirements are important. They were written because of experiences that resulted in client harm and difficult consequences occurring also for professionals. Knowledge of these external ethical mandates is crucial for the practice of therapy, ministry, medicine, education, midwifery and other licensed helping professions.
The InnerEthics™ model is a psychological ethics model that addresses two essential aspects of ethical discernment and behavior.
- Relational Ethics: Knowing our own motivations when we are in a responsible role is fundamental to ethical professional practice. The easy to learn tools of InnerEthics™ “right relationship”, help us to prevent client harm and increase client benefit.
- The Ethics of Working with Clients in Extra-Ordinary States of Consciousness: InnerEthics™ describes the unique ethical territory of what happens for clients in extra-ordinary states of consciousness and shows how to meet the increased and different needs of clients so that they have a safe and corrective experience in these profound states.
What InnerEthics™ supplies to professional ethics education is an understanding of how valuable it is for the well-being of clients that their professionals understand their own motivations. When licensed professionals and leaders have the tools and willingness to do the ongoing work of self-reflection, they evolve in ability to prevent harm and achieve greater attunement and benefit for their clients.
Professional ethical dilemmas, unexpected ethical pitfalls (as well as greater opportunities for corrective relational experiences) tend to occur more often in the midst of a client’s extra-ordinary states of consciousness. InnerEthics™ helps us to more ethically navigate our care of clients who are in profound, extra-ordinary states of consciousness, such as deep grief, trauma, dying, or spontaneous spiritual experiences.)
The InnerEthics™ model identifies that clients have both different and greater needs for a professional’s ethical attention to safety, permission, and understanding when they are in these deep states. This model can prepare us, as helping professionals and caring human beings, to more skillfully assist our clients and loved ones by learning to navigate within a broader range of human experience and expression.
InnerEthics™ is being taught to students and professionals who will be using this self-reflection method themselves. It can also be taught to presenters, those who want to add this method to their existing methods of ethics education. Teaching materials for InnerEthics™ are in development. Contact Kylea Taylor for further information.
The InnerEthics™ model encourages compassionate self-reflection on our own motivations.
Self-Compassion is a prerequisite to ethical self-reflection. The InnerEthics™ model provides constant reminders that self-compassion underpins any self-discovery work and one’s willingness to change what isn’t working. When professionals adopt and practice these precepts, they also model them for their clients.
I had never heard of compassion fatigue before reading about it [in The Ethics of Caring], but boy have I felt this one! Not professionally but just being there for people in my life. “When our own care for ourselves is in deficit, we often have no caring available for others either.”
~ Training Participant
InnerEthics™ is a set of concepts, languaging, and practical tools that help us to know and support ourselves in right relationship.
InnerEthics™ concepts give professionals incentive for self-care, self-discovery, and increasing skills for attunement with clients (like self-reflection, self-compassion, and right relationship.)
InnerEthics™ tools are practical and easy to remember when they are needed. These tools help professionals identify their motivations and any countertransference in a relationship with a client to be better able to assess choose their interventions. The InnerEthics™ tools help professionals know how to achieve and balance essential elements (such as safety vs. empowerment) in the container that professional is currently holding for the client, and know if the therapeutic context holds an implicit situation that might require extra ethical vigilance (such as dual relationship.) Learn more about Right Relationship >
InnerEthics™ is professional development that also helps us in our ordinary lives with our personal relationships.
When a professional is willing to know their own patterns, learn skills of attunement, and use tools that increase safety and caring, this cannot help but benefit their personal as well as professional relationships.
InnerEthics™ is useful, not only to professionals, but to all who find themselves, for a short or longer period of time, in the role of “Responsible Party” with a friend or loved one who needs their focused, non-reciprocated caring. Learn more about Everyday Ethics >
Most of us want to do the right thing at the right time. The more we know ourselves, the more conscious choice we have, and the less harm we will do.
Professional Vulnerabilities to Ethical Misconduct Chart
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