Inner Ethics: Examining Counter-transference with Compassion

(Workshop with Selene Vega & Kylea Taylor)

Ethical issues pertain to longings, feelings, and motivations which resonate at our very core. Our drives toward (and away from) money, sexuality, power, love, truth, inspiration, and oneness are the most powerful forces in our lives.

How can we expect that these drives will not intrude in one way or another into our relationships with clients? This workshop helps participants explore personal countertransference and transference issues that arise in all counseling and healing work.

Explore how self-compassion and self-reflection can help you navigate the deep and often confusing relationship between client and caregiver and help you prevent the harmful consequences of misconduct.

Learn how to enter more fully into truly healing relationships with your clients by avoiding unconscious patterns that can lead to ethical pitfalls.

Designed for teachers, students, or practicing therapists and healers who want to become more conscious in their relationships with clients and to teach a model for practitioners to use in peer and self-supervision.

You will receive information on the differences in ethical issues when working with clients in profound states of consciousness so that you can provide greater safety and guidance to your clients.

This program is based on the book The Ethics of Caring by Kylea Taylor, which provides a unique model for transforming the understanding and practice of ethics in healing relationships.

Finding Right Relationship with Clients: An Introduction to InnerEthics™

Kylea Taylor & Selene Kumin Vega

September 13, 2019 – 9:00 -11:30 am (*CEs through Santa Cruz CAMFT)

A Santa Cruz CAMFT Sponsored Event
Marriage & Family Therapists welcome. – No advance registration needed

Location: Simpkins Swim Center, Mtg. Rm. A, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

In the therapeutic relationship, it is relationship itself that is at the heart of healing. And ethics and integrity are at the heart of any healing relationship. Ethics codes and laws give us external help in navigating relationship challenges. Augmenting this external approach to ethics with an internal, self-compassionate, self-reflective path lets us get to know our own semi-conscious motivations, so we can provide greater client benefit and reduce client harm, particularly during profound moments with clients.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals, who will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Learning objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to explain the benefits of self-reflection and self-compassion in finding “right relationship” with a client.
  2. Attendees will be able to utilize the InnerEthics™ Chart of Ethical Vulnerabilities to help them identify their own motivations in an interaction with a client.
  3. Attendees will be able to recite at least one quick question they can ask themselves to determine whether a potential intervention is in a client’s best interest.


Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California MFC #34901), Ethics Consultant, and author of the expanded, updated book The Ethics of Caring, winner of the 2017 Nautilus Book Award in the “Relationships & Communication” category. A special focus of her practice is helping clients revitalize everyday life by integrating the meaning and extra-ordinary gifts of spiritual emergence, transpersonal experiences and “personal paradigm shift” phenomena. More >>>

Selene Kumin Vega, LMFT, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist (California MFC #32604), workshop leader, and dancer, as well as faculty in Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences and has served as President of Santa Cruz CAMFT (California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists). She co-authored The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body, and Spirit through the Chakraswhich has been translated into six languages. More >>> 

InnerEthics™ Workshop

September 28, 2019   10 AM – 5:30 PM

Kylea Taylor & Selene Kumin Vega (See bios above)

sponsored by SoulCollage® Inc. (*CEs available)

Skyote Mountain, Scotts Valley, CA

A 6-Hour ethics workshop on understanding and using the InnerEthics™ model described in The Ethics of Caring by Kylea Taylor with an introduction to SoulCollage®. The workshop will provide tools for understanding and managing our own motivations to decrease client harm and increase client benefit.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals, who will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

$145 — Bring a bag lunch. Tea & snacks provided.

For CEs through SCRC:

• CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

• LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

• SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

• For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Selene Kumin Vega, For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at