Trust and the Cultivation of Professional Identity

A fundamental aspect of professional ethics in any profession rests upon the trustworthiness of the individuals providing the services. Being a professional means in part that you will put the needs and rights of the individuals being served ahead of your own. That does not mean that the service professional should be self-sacrificing. Instead it … Read more

Post Graduate Clinical Supervision Ethics

The professional development of mental health clinicians after graduate school rests heavily on the quality of their clinical work experience and the support provided to that supervisee/clinician from their employers and their clinical supervisors. The process of becoming a therapist (or more specifically a psychotherapist – counselor, clinical social worker or marriage and family therapist) … Read more

The Cost of Insincerity & Other Barriers to Ethical Behavior

What if We Told the Unvarnished Truth? There is something about honesty that is both simple and complex. It is perhaps necessary and socially acceptable to not always share our genuine thoughts like: “I don’t like the gift you gave me.” “You look fat in those jeans.” These are examples of the harm being very … Read more