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.
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.
New developments in psychedelic assisted therapy and other modalities involving transformative extra-ordinary states signal a new era where a relational ethical intelligence and practice with awareness tools become an essential new norm.
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 my new website innerethics.com for updates on developments in this emerging field.
A new online course, Ethical Right Relationship in Psychedelic Therapy, is designed for professionals who are interested in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy or in assisting clients with the integration of profound experiences. This ethical approach is helpful to anyone working in therapy, and this particular course is focused on self-management and trigger management for those working with patients or clients in the field of psychedelics: psychologists, therapists, mentors, physicians, medical professionals, bodyworkers, teachers, and guides.
Offered in partnership with Psychedelic Support Education. Options: Psychedelic Support Certificate of Completion or Psychedelic Support CE Certificate (2 hours CE credit).
Visit InnerEthics.com to learn more.