Ethics & Boundaries

Principles: voluntary actions to understand morality in a systematic way: what is good, fair and right

  1. Nonmaleficence: avoid doing harm
  2. Beneficence: doing good
  3. Autonomy: self-determination
  4. Privacy/Confidentiality: ownership and permission to disclose personal information
  5. Duties/Competence: ability to perform duties or to become competent or not perform task

Honour Code: In individual’s best interest?, whose needs are being served?, checked with client, denying them opportunity to grow, limiting my usefulness, negotiable, impact on the service, how viewed by individual’s significant other, treating differently, telling a colleague, special relationship, taking advantage, who benefits, comfortable documenting, contravene agency code of conduct.


  1. conflicting legal, moral, ethical implications
  2. more than one action and cannot do both
  3. no obvious satisfactory choice
  • V: violation involving neglect
  • C: conundrum – confusing and uncertain
  • GP: difficult but good practice

Boundaries (PRESS): limits defining uniqueness and separating us from others.

  • Physical
  • Relational
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Spiritual
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