As individuals, and as professionals, we must be continually mindful of how we exercise our power as Facilitators when helping groups achieve their desired outcomes. Awareness is the first step towards insight. Consideration and reflection are in the interests of each of us, our profession as a whole and in the interests of those we serve.
The value of a professional Code of Ethics is limited to the consideration and reflection we give to the Code and how we each apply it in the circumstances of our professional practice. As Facilitators, we are architects of trust. We owe it to our clients to act with an informed appreciation of the ethical issues and competencies needed to help groups build consensus and produce meaningful outcomes.
This Guide is designed to help Facilitators develop a list of practical working tips that will bring ethical dilemmas – and the importance and implications of the choices we make as Facilitators – to the forefront of our work.