Illuminating Complex Ethical Dimensions in Supervision

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Supervision and the practice of psychotherapy involve complex ethical dilemmas, and this can result in moral distress. Recent action research projects have been established with the aim of developing new forms of ethics-focused supervision that creates a confidential atmosphere and a transparent basis for honest dialogue. Circles of ethical reflection have two primary purposes: to create a space for professionals in which they can process moral distress, as well as developing moral perception and strengthening professional ethical awareness, which bridges the gap between practice and the principles and ideals of the ethics code. Based on a qualitative interview study, this article illuminates psychotherapists’ first-hand experiences with complex ethical dilemmas and explicates their visions for novel, trust-based supervisory trajectories, that can serve as safe, collegial holding-environments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Inquiry
ISSN1077-8004
Publication statusSubmitted - 2019

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Ribers, B. (2019). Illuminating Complex Ethical Dimensions in Supervision. Manuscript submitted for publication.
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