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The Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

An Exploratory Essay
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Mindfulness is a burgeoning field of study and practice within mental health care and medicine. Yet ethical codes, and the philosophy of the therapist-client relationship, differ greatly between disciplines, and even more between those disciplines and mindfulness-based approaches. The potential for ethical dilemmas is therefore significant.

Donald McCown breaks new ground by taking a focused look at an ethics derived from contemporary clinical mindfulness practice itself. What does a secular ethics of mindfulness look like? Who is competent to work therapeutically with mindfulness, and how does one delimit areas and levels of competence? How do clinicians ethically understand the therapist-client relationship from the therapeutic position of mindfulness? And how do clinicians respond when the necessary restraints of their professional role and ethics code come into conflict with the mindfulness-based relationship and therapeutic position?

This book makes a vital contribution to the understanding of ethics as the cornerstone of mindfulness-based practice, and will be of interest to all those involved in delivering mindfulness-based interventions, including psychologists, counselors, spiritual directors, occupational therapists, physicians, nurses, and educators.
  • Published: May 28 2013
  • Pages: 240
  • 227 x 159mm
  • ISBN: 9781849058506
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Press Reviews

  • from the foreword by Kenneth J. Gergen, Ph.D., President, The Taos Institute, and Senior Research Professor, Swarthmore College

    ...what we find here is a sparkling and highly innovative addition to both the history of ethical thought and an action-relevant contribution to both a particular community of practice, and its broader potentials. These are estimable accomplishments indeed, and they furnish a compelling model for other communities to explore the forms of ethics they implicitly embrace, and their place in the world more generally. I am enveloped by appreciation and admiration for this fine work.
  • Rebecca Crane, Director, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University, UK

    With tremendous attention to detail, Donald McCown brings to life and names the ethical space that is created through the pedagogy of mindfulness-based courses. This is a wonderful contribution, offered in the spirit of starting a conversation. Given the current context of widening interest in the integration of mindfulness into the mainstream, it is an important and much-needed conversation.
  • Dr. Heyoung Ahn, Executive Director, The Korea Center for MBSR

    The Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice provides valuable lessons for both educators and clinicians in the fast-growing MBI community. It is an insightful exploration, rich in discerning dialogue about a relational view of the ethical in the mindful profession. The author brings alive the dialogue in a practical and accessible way.
  • Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D, LISW, Dean and Professor, Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, PA

    Just as you cannot put the sky in a box, the teachings and learnings in McCown's latest book extend far beyond its title! This self-described 'essay' is an offering to everyone risking the excitement of exposure to new perspectives and opportunities to re-imagine ways of Being.