Action ethics: using action method techniques to facilitate training on ethical practice

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Abstract

This article describes how we facilitated a family therapy training day that privileged experiential learning when teaching ethics. Our approach used a range of action methods as learning activities selected from different disciplines. The theoretical basis on which these ideas were taught was drawn from types and categories of rights, balancing rights and parents' and children's rights. The teaching of these ethical frameworks, facilitated through action methods, enabled trainees to apply rights-related reasoning to link theory to practice. Systemic social constructionist connections with action methods are explored and the term action ethics is used to describe the process of teaching ethical thinking and reasoning in a clinical context.

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