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Professional and ethical practice during training: the ‘wounded healer’ MILTOS HADJIOSIF

All of the therapeutic helping professions mandate some form of training that will introduce to prospective practitioners a given profession’s codes of ethical and professional conduct. Although issues regarding professional and ethical practice might first formally arise within a training context, they may hinge on and unsettle some trainees’ broader set of values, life experiences and personality styles. This chapter aims to address some of the tensions resulting from this configuration, by invoking the concept of the ‘wounded healer’. Concomitantly, I hope to shed some light on the potentially turbulent transition that trainees’ values may undergo as they attempt to fit them within formal guidelines of therapeutic practice.