Ethics counselling and The St James Ethics Centre
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Ethics Counselling service:
Ethi-Call - the good decision line
Got a dilemma?
Call us on 1800 672 303*
We all face the discomfort of dilemmas such as:
* Is it always right to tell the truth?
* My boss or client says do it, my conscience says don't
* It's right in the short-term, but wrong in the long-term
* What's good for me is bad for others
However we often don't recognise the ethical dimensions involved, or know where to turn to for help with resolving them.
Our Ethics Counselling service provides a safe, non-judgemental space for reflection and the exploration of dilemmas, challenges and issues faced by people like you in everyday life.
The service is free, confidential and as anonymous as you would like it to be. Call 1800 672 303* to arrange to speak to one of our trained ethics counsellors.
No-one has yet asked us if they should rob a bank
It's easy to decide that it's wrong to rob a bank. The issues our counselling service deals with are more complex, where the choices may involve ârightâ versus ârightâ, or âwrongâ versus âwrongâ. These are situations where there are no easy answers.
Our ethics counsellors will help you explore the dilemmas you are facing so that you can reach a solution which best fits your own circumstances, principles and values.
As St James Ethics Centre is independent of any religious or political affiliations we are able to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for you to confidentially explore even the most complex of dilemmas, whatever your own values and principles.
What sorts of issues do people call about?
The ethical dilemmas, issues and challenges our callers face result from everyday life experiences they encounter in a complex world.
The examples below give a flavour of the dilemmas faced by callers:
What ought I to do when ...
* my care and concern for one person conflicts with my care and concern for another
* respect for privacy and confidentiality conflicts with transparency and possibly the law
* I am facing a situation where both taking action if I am wrong or not acting if I am right will have dire consequences
* I want to blow the whistle but fear the consequences for myself and my family
* I have to choose between loyalty to my family and loyalty to my work or clients
* I'm not sure if I have a conflict of interest
* I have promised confidentiality to someone but have learned something from them which I think should be exposed
* I want to respect the beliefs and culture of another but to do so in some situations feels a complete violation of my core principles
Listen to one of our counsellors (Jane Potter) speak about types of dilemmas people call with (Real Media file).
About the counselling process
To listen to some of our counsellors and staff speak about the counselling process, follow the links below (Real Media files):
* Suzanne (Suzi) Ross
* Andy Small
* Tim Potter
* Simon Longstaff
These audio files require the free RealOne Player to download and play.
Learn more about our Ethics Counsellors and callers, as well as formal relationships with our Ethics Counselling service.
*This is an Australian 'free call' number. It may not work from outside of Australia. If this is the case, please contact us.