An earlier version of this article was presented at a symposium, Feminist Therapy Ethics, held at the convention of the American Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA, in August 1988. My thanks go to two anonymous reviewers for helpful feedback on this revision, and especially to Lucia Gilbert who did a magnificent job of editing my original draft into a more concise and readable piece.
ETHICAL ISSUES IN FEMINIST THERAPY
Version of Record online: 28 JUL 2006
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 323–336, June 1991
How to Cite
Brown, L. S. (1991), ETHICAL ISSUES IN FEMINIST THERAPY. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 15: 323–336. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1991.tb00800.x
A complete copy of the FTI Ethics Code may be obtained from: FTI Corporate Office, c/o Walker and Associates, 50 South Steele Street, Suite 850, Denver, CO 80209.
- Issue online: 28 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 JUL 2006
This article describes ethical issues that have emerged from the past decade of feminist therapy practice in response to context-specific ethical dilemmas. The model of feminist therapy practice within small communities is used to illustrate the types of problems encountered and strategies for ethical practice used by feminist therapists. Two topics are examined in detail: boundary overlap between therapist and client, and role-related strains inherent in feminist therapy practice. The Feminist Therapy Institute (FTI) Ethical Code is drawn upon as a source of norms for ethical feminist practice, and specific examples are related to statements from the FTI Code regarding self-care and management of over-lapping relationships.