Networkshop: Working in the Grey with Debbie Stanley (Virtual)
May 10th, 6:30-8:30pm
Working in the Grey: How to Spot and Resolve Ethical Dilemmas
Do you remember how it felt when you first glimpsed the vastness of our ethical obligations as organizing and productivity professionals? It can be intimidating to realize just how vulnerable our clients often are and how much trust and hope they put in us, and these realizations can leave us longing for more detailed ethical guidance. With a clear understanding of our ethical duties and challenges, we can give the full measure of our services to clients without accidentally crossing boundaries. In this session, we’ll review some of the most common ethical pitfalls in the organizing and productivity industry, learn the definition of a true ethical dilemma, and practice a decision-making model to work through ethical dilemmas in a reliable and, yes, organized way.
Debbie Stanley is a licensed mental health counselor, organizational psychologist, and president of Thoughts in Order Counseling and Consulting (thoughtsinorder.com), based in Austin, TX. She is the author of books for peers including Newbie Pitfalls, Ethical Pitfalls for Professional Organizers, and “Let Me Show You the Basement”: A Guide to Staying Safe in Clients’ Homes, as well as books for clients including Organize Your Home in No Time and The Organized Musician. She is a past president of NAPO-Michigan, founding board member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, recipient of NAPO’s Founder’s Award and Shining Star Award, and developer of NAPO-curriculum courses including the flagship “Fundamental Organizing and Productivity Principles” and “Ethics and Policies for Working with Clients with Brain-Based Conditions,” the first core course in the new Brain-Based Conditions Specialist track.