Ethics and Boundaries for Recovery Support Professionals

Session Description: Recovery support professionals protect their recoverees, and themselves, by providing ethical services and honoring recovery principles. An understanding of ethics provides a framework for recovery support professionals to work within while providing direct services to vulnerable people with complicated lives. Knowing how to avoid ethical dilemmas is key.

Learning Objectives:

  • Defining ethics in the context of recovery support services
  • Understanding core competencies for recovery support services
  • Learning skills for providing ethical services

Susan Walker, Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Supervisor
She/Her/Hers
Program Manager, Faces and Voices of Recovery

Suzie, a woman in long-term recovery, served as executive director of the Turning Point of Windham County recovery center in Vermont for 14 years. The peer-led center grew from a volunteer-operated grassroots drop-in center to a richly programmatic organization where certified peers led programs and teams of peer specialists serving people who practiced myriad recovery pathways. Extensive training and focused supervision on ethics and boundaries ensured that our specialists had clarity around peer and professional roles and accountabilities. Suzie worked in the textbook publishing field before working in the recovery field. Her current role as Curriculum Development Specialist combines her passions of recovery and training at Faces & Voices of Recovery.