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Helping Without Hurting

Ethically, it is important for mental health professionals to do good without doing harm (i.e., to practice both beneficence and nonmaleficence).  In this workshop we consider ways of meeting this ethical obligation, but also consider the importance of balancing this care of patients with ongoing self-care that prevents harm to self.

INTRODUCTION: Avoiding Harm to Clients & Harm to Self


I. Avoiding Harm to Others

A. Ethical Principles of Client Care

1. Competence & Professional Responsibility

2. Concern for Client Welfare – Beneficence & Nonmaleficence

3. Integrity

4. Respect for Client Rights, Dignity, & Autonomy

5. Justice

6. Social Responsibility

B. Potential for Client Harm

C. Practical Strategies for Protecting Client Welfare

1. Balancing Ethical Principles, Laws, & Client Needs

2. Maintaining Professional Competence

II. Avoiding Harm to Self

A. Ethical Issues

B. Potential for Harm

C. Practical Strategies of Self Care

III. Balancing Client Care and Self Care

IV. Integrating Personal Ethics and Professional Ethics

Educational Goals:
(a) List some ways you believe clients might be harmed;
(b) Describe some of the ways in which you are a helper who avoids doing harm.
(c) List ways you believe mental health professionals can suffer or be harmed through clinical work.
(d) Describe how you balance patient care and self care to avoid self-harm in your own clinical work.