Ethical Boundaries: Staying Within Ethical Boundaries

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Staying Within Ethical Boundaries

Peer support programs pose several key ethical challenges. Although peer support specialists typically receive extensive OhioMHAS training about their unique roles, most haven’t received formal social work education or comprehensive ethics education.

  • Ethics are especially important in health and human services.
  • Peer support programs with their unique recovery roles require skilled judgments related to resident privacy, confidentiality, boundaries, dual relationships, informed consent, client abandonment and more.

Reference: mha.ohio.gov/supporting-providers/housing-providers/training-learning-series/ethics-and-boundaries-for-peer-recovery-supporters

Resident’s may perceive the recovery house staff, especially a peer supporter, as the authority to the resident’s recovery.

Consequently, there is a power differential in the relationship.

Established ethical boundaries help the recovery support personnel and the resident create a safe space where openness and trust can be produced to minimize this power differential structure.

And the recovery supporter must acknowledge this power differential and maintain appropriate boundaries so that constructive and healthy recovery can be achieved.

As an example, the peer supporter’s code of ethics, established by Ohio MHAS, requires that Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) are prohibited from receiving gifts from residents.

AND PRS must report certain situations to appropriate authority – such as child abuse.

Reference: ebasedacademy.org/learn/course/151/play/1953:686/ethics-and-boundaries

Course Syllabus

Not Enrolled
Ethical Boundaries: Introduction
Ethical Boundaries: Introduction cont.
Ethical Boundaries: Ethics and Boundaries and Different
Ethical Boundaries: Code of Ethics
Ethical Boundaries: Standards of Ethical Practice and Professional Conduct
Ethical Boundaries: Obligation of All Recovery House Operators
Ethical Boundaries Assessment #1
Ethical Boundaries: What is an Ethical Boundary?
Ethical Boundaries: Ethical Boundaries in Recovery Housing
Ethical Boundaries: Staying Within Ethical Boundaries
Ethical Boundaries: Dual Relationships
Ethical Boundaries: Are You Crossing Ethical Boundary
Ethical Boundaries Assessment #2
Ethical Boundaries: What Are Boundary Violations?
Ethical Boundaries: Examples of Professionals Crossing Ethical Boundaries
Ethical Boundaries: Example #1 of Crossing an Ethical Boundary
Ethical Boundaries: Example #2 of Crossing an Ethical Boundary
Ethical Boundaries: Example #3 of Crossing an Ethical Boundary
Ethical Boundaries: Be Safe Instead of Being Sorry
Ethical Boundaries: Staying in Your Lane
Ethical Boundaries: How to Avoid Crossing Ethical Boundary?
Ethical Boundaries: Employment
Ethical Boundaries: Money
Ethical Boundaries: Grievances
Ethical Boundaries: Staff
Ethical Boundaries: "Difficult" or "Mean" Resident
Ethical Boundaries: Journal Exercise #1
Ethical Boundaries: Journal Exercise #1 cont.
Ethical Boundaries: Journal Exercise #2
Ethical Boundaries: Journal Exercise #2 cont.
Ethical Boundaries: Journal Exercise #3
Ethical Boundaries: Journal Exercise #3 Cont.
Ethical Boundaries: Summary
Ethical Boundaries Assessment #3
Ethical Boundaries: NEXT STEPS