I’ve been thinking and writing about ethics for almost three decades, and during these years ethics has emerged as one of the most compelling topics of our time. Stories of sexual and power abuse and ethical missteps involving all levels of our society frequently appear in the news. Ethics has become a catalyst for personal and cultural transformation.

As helping professionals we are called upon to provide therapy (and often therapy involving extra-ordinary states of consciousness) for a growing number of people experiencing deep loss and grief, trauma, chronic illness, addiction, and rapid life-altering situations. How do we meet these challenges while examining our own motivations, avoiding ethical pitfalls, and attending to our own compassionate self-care?

I wrote The Ethics of Caring to research and articulate answers to these important questions for myself and for other helping professionals. In the process I became passionate about ethics because I believe ethical relationships to be the relationships that are truly healing. When we are ethical, we are trustworthy. We take seriously the prescription to “Know Thyself”. We aspire to be agents of healing and to do no harm.

InnerEthics® Today

Discovering our own internal ethical code brings balance to the important and necessary role of traditional ethics education. By paying close attention to ourselves in relationship, we discover our own “Inner Ethics.” These two approaches to ethics, internal and external, are complementary.

Emerging developments in psychedelic assisted therapy and other modalities involving transformative extra-ordinary states signal an era where a relational ethical intelligence and practice with awareness tools become an essential new norm. 

InnerEthics® Evolving

The InnerEthics® long-range vision is that the therapy field comes to expect a therapist to do self-inquiry and personal therapeutic work to discover their unconscious motivations, beliefs, and biases that might cause conflicts of interest with clients, and that the therapy field will expect licensed therapists to have completed special training in extra-ordinary states of consciousness.

InnerEthics® is now working with many training programs to teach this inner, self-reflective approach to relational ethics. Kylea Taylor and other InnerEthics® teachers are training psychedelic psychotherapists, breathwork facilitators, and perinatal practitioners in various organizations, all of whom have international groups of participants learning online and who are, or intend to be, working with clients and patients in profound states of consciousness. Visit to learn more.

Online InnerEthics® Courses

My online two-part course, “Ethical Right Relationship in Psychedelic Therapy”, is designed for professionals interested in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy or in assisting clients with the integration of profound experiences. This ethical approach is helpful to anyone working in the field of psychedelics: psychologists, therapists, mentors, physicians, medical professionals, bodyworkers, teachers, and guides as well as clients and patients. Offered in partnership with Psychedelic Support Education.

Part I (Ethics 101) – CE available
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 a beneficent relationship with clients. Learn more about Part II and Enroll at Psychedelic Support Education.


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