ENRICHING ETHICS EDUCATION IN HEALING PROFESSIONS
Ethics lies at the core of healing professions. Clients put their trust in healers and open to places of great vulnerability. Healers hold the responsibility to respect this trust and provide a safe place for the client to heal. For the benefit of both healers and clients, this project aims to provide a comprehensive look at the personal stories of ethics dilemmas within healing professions, including both traditional health care (medicine, nursing, psychology, etc) and complementary & alternative health care (massage, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, etc).
PARTICIPATE IN ETHICS RESEARCH
- As a client, have you felt uncomfortable or hurt by the demeanor, words, behaviors, or techniques of a healing professional?
- As a client, have you felt a shift in the professional relationship after a healing professional engaged in a more complex social, financial, or emotional relationship with you?
- As a healing professional, have you been confused about how to maintain healthy social, financial, and emotional boundaries with your clients?
- As a healing professional, have you felt unequipped to address and resolve the damage done by your unethical actions?
- As a healing professional or client, have you felt that a breach of ethics has been fully addressed and resolved?
I am researching ethics within healing professions. I am gathering first-person accounts from clients impacted by breaches of ethics by their healers. I am also gathering stories from healers about ethics dilemmas they've faced during their careers. These stories will form the core of this website as well as a book about breaches of ethics and ways to heal from them. I myself was a victim of a damaging abuse of power by a mentor in the healing arts. I intend to write a book that I wish I had had to read soon after the experience. By gathering these stories and compiling them in an accessible educational resource, I hope to show healers that these types of experiences are the inspiration for codes of ethics. By honoring codes of ethics, healers respect the power of their own work.
The scope of the project is broad, covering ethics breaches ranging from sexualized touch by a massage therapist or physician to psycho-emotional manipulation by a spiritual teacher or psychologist. Abuses can occur when a practitioner crosses social, emotional, financial, or sexual boundaries with a client. Abuses also can occur when a practitioner uses techniques outside of the scope of practice for their profession. The effects on the client can range from confusion to feeling uncomfortable to deep violation. I intend to expand this website and write a book that will help others heal by reading that they are not alone in being deeply impacted by their healers. The website and book will also be an educational resource for traditional and alternative healthcare training programs. By sharing personal stories of trust, betrayal, violation, and healing, I hope to illuminate the depth and power of healing work. Practitioners will benefit by more deeply understanding the power they wield through their words, intentions, and actions. The healing field needs much more comprehensive ethics education.
I invite clients and healing professionals to contact me, anonymously if desired. You may choose to share via your writing, my general survey, a recorded interview, or your own recording of your experience. I encourage participants to also share artwork, poetry, etc that relates to their story. Identifying details within the stories will be changed for liability reasons. All information will be kept confidential. If asked to participate, you will have the final choice in whether to have your story included in the book. No information will be used without your consent.
Please contact me with questions or any stories you would like to share.
Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, NC Lic#3690
Author of The Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma: Tending Body and Soul through Creativity, Nature, and Intuition, available Aug 2016