I have come to believe that a close examination of ethical issues and of our personal interest in ethical right relationship could involve more than merely rote learning of a set of external rules and hearing how to protect ourselves from the perils of legal prosecution. I believe now that such an examination gives us precious insights into ourselves and our sacred relationships with our clients. These insights affect our clients and their therapeutic outcomes at least as deeply as what professionals learn from any other part of their professional training.
One of the most important concepts of the caring professions in modern times is the idea that what the professional brings to the caring situation as a person, is a more important influence on the outcome of the care, therapy, education, medical service, bodywork, or mentoring than the choice of technique she or he employs in giving the care. To be of the best possible service to a client, the therapist must have the ability to travel deeply and empathetically with the client, sometimes into uncharted, even frightening, territory, sometimes at a moment’s notice, at the moment the client’s material arises within a session.
The Ethics of Caring was written to help professionals find or rediscover right relationship with clients and students. Dr. Jane Steinhauser, D. Min. and LPC, trains counselors and says, “Kylea Taylor’s book is unique situated to assist anyone involved in depth psychology, pastoral care, traditional counseling or human services.”
In addition to clergypersons and therapists, Taylor lists other professions for whom she wrote the book: medical professionals, hypnotherapists, hospice workers, supervisors, and mentors.
The Ethics of Caring model of self-compassionate ethical self-reflection “provides the scaffolding for practitioners to self-examine where they are particularly vulnerable to ethical digression,” as Kate White, Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychological Health, has written. She goes on to say, “Kylea Taylor’s work is required reading for educators in prenatal and perinatal health.”