I am a Marriage and Family Therapist (CA MFC #34901), a consultant, and the author of The Ethics of Caring: Finding Right Relationship with Clients. After thinking, writing, and teaching about ethics for almost three decades, I developed InnerEthics®, a self-reflective, self-compassionate approach to ethical relationships.
The InnerEthics® approach clarifies the unique ethical territory of understanding and working skillfully with clients who are experiencing profound and extra-ordinary states of consciousness.
This model also covers the basics of ethics, transference, and countertransference, with an emphasis on relational ethics to prevent client harm and increase client benefit.
These two approaches to ethics, external (learning ethical codes, laws and guidelines) and internal (learning about ourselves in relationship through InnerEthics®) are complementary and complete a holistic approach to ethical discernment and behavior.
Ethics is the study of relationship. Transcending the limited viewpoint that we are unrelated, wholly separate is essential for ethical development. We are interconnected in the web of life. We are all in this together.
When we begin to widen our view to see and honor a web-like context of relationships, we speak and act more ethically. Relationship itself is at the heart of healing. And ethics and integrity are at the heart of any healing relationship. Learn more >
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. ~ Kylea Taylor
The Ethics of Caring is a unique and widely recommended text that complements standard ethics texts by helping the student or professional find right relationship with a client. The book is a Nautilus Silver Medal Book Award winner in the category “Relationships and Communication.” Published November 1, 2017.
Written for practicing therapy and medical professionals, bodyworkers, clergy, students, teachers, supervisors, and mentors, the InnerEthics® model first promotes self-compassion, then gently guides self-reflection about unconscious countertransference that often occurs in the main areas of human life. The book illuminates many extraordinary types of human experiences to help professionals become aware in case clients bring these profound states in some way to the professional for support. See more reviews. Download the Table of Contents, Excerpts and a Book Sheet with reviews
“The Ethics of Caring is an extraordinarily helpful and groundbreaking book for healers, clergy, therapists, and bodyworkers that illuminates what is necessary to offer wise and trustworthy relations to their clients.
Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., A Wise Heart, A Lamp in the Darkness, and After the Ecstasy the Laundry
“The work with non-ordinary states of consciousness brings specific new challenges and problems that go beyond those encountered in traditional verbal and experiential approaches. Kylea Taylor’s book is a pioneering venture into these new territories, providing important guidelines for practitioners and students.”
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Author of Psychology of the Future, Realms of the Human Unconscious
New! Online InnerEthics® Courses
Ethical Right Relationship in Psychedelic Therapy
These courses are for professionals interested in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy or in assisting clients with the integration of profound experiences and helpful for those working with patients or clients in the field of psychedelics: psychologists, therapists, mentors, physicians, medical professionals, bodyworkers, teachers, and guides.
Part I (Ethics 101) – CE available
An ethical relationship is one a client can trust. This course provides an overview of an ethical framework of self-management and trigger management for those working with patients or clients in the field of psychedelics. Learn the self-reflective, self-compassionate practice of Right Relationship: an internal model focused on motivations, those deep, often unconscious urges that precede our behaviors with clients. The self-inquiry of Right Relationship complements and amplifies the external, behavioral approach of traditional ethics education (the laws, codes, and standards that guide us behaviorally. Learn more about Part I and Enroll at Psychedelic Support Education.
Part II (Ethics 102) – CE available
This course introduces participants to two additional means to assist in a practical way with awareness and maintaining Right Relationship with clients in the therapeutic container. A professional will be able to recall these tools to assist their self-reflection and to stay mindful and in beneficent relationship with clients. Learn more about Part II and Enroll at Psychedelic Support Education.
Ethical Considerations for Psychedelic Work with Women
The basis of professional ethics is to act always in the best interests of the client. Yet in our work using psychedelics, what is best for the client is not always simple to discern, especially when we have unconscious assumptions or motivations. Unexamined attitudes from mainstream culture may influence our interactions with women clients. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Bulletin Spring 2019: Vol. 29, No. 1. | Continue reading >
Featured Interview – Psychedelic Chat Q & A
Kylea Taylor and OPENurses founding member Angela Ward discuss holding space in non-ordinary states, the inner healer, the vulnerability and suggestibility of profound states, rapid transformation, the role of nurses in the future of psychedelic therapy & research, how InnerEthics® can make a difference, and more.