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date: 13 November 2019

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Ethical codes in systemic therapy are discussed drawing on cultural, professional, legal, and complexity-oriented perspectives. First, a cultural framework is established to describe systemic perspectives on ethics following cultural codes in systemic science. Legal issues are discussed as are professional ethical formulas, which function as mandatory sets of rules for systemic practice. The description of a European systemic association’s ethical code serves as an example of systemic practice and is supplemented by medical sources. The adoption of systems science and complexity model perspectives demonstrates similarities of ethical discussion within various systemic approaches. A detailed outline of ethical guidelines in concrete systemic practice is provided, drawing on ideas of neighboring systemic models in natural and social sciences.

Keywords: ethics, systemic therapy, cultural code, complexity, self-regulation, diversity, client’s expertise, contract, goals, neutrality

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