One of the most important and sometimes problematic areas of concern in the spiritual caregivers exists within the domain of boundaries between professionals and clients/patients. It is essential that spiritual caregivers refresh their understanding of the nature of boundaries and how to be aware and regulate the boundaries in relationship that often are intimate in nature. Clarity around these issues protect both the caregiver and the recipient of care.
All professional caregiving organizations operate from a set of ethical standards that members are expected to abide by. In an age of technological advances, decisions about healthcare and end of life become more complicated. Spiritual caregivers are often called on to help patients/clients explore the dimensions of such decisions. Consequently, it is ethically responsible for professional caregivers to be informed in cutting edge issues and to be clear and aware of professional guidelines.
- Review practitioners own professional code of ethics.
- Explore the dynamics of dual relationships, confidentiality, and intimacy.
- Identify strategies for maintaining safe, trusting helping relationships.
- Discuss current ethical dilemmas faced by professional caregivers.