For Your Professional Ethics Edification

Written by Ruth Gais

Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.  Each posting is accompanied by a brief personal reflection from a commissioner of the PEC sharing some ways this person lives these commitments*. November's statements are:


List of Resources on ethics such as webinars, websites, articles, books and conferences.

For November 2023, Ruth Gais, ACPE Certified Educator, Summit, New Jersey comments:

Resources on Ethics :

Having agreed to write on this topic some months ago, now I can’t imagine why I did so; I suppose I thought it would be useful for me (and perhaps for others) to have such resources at my disposal for – and that’s the question: for what? For knowledge, for reassurance, for comfort, for practical advice as I struggle to understand what is my ethical obligation to anyone who comes before me as their rabbi, or as their educator, or as a member of the Professional Ethics Commission,


I wrote this the day after Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day when, after having confessed our sins and prayed for forgiveness, we end that long day of prayer and fasting spiritually cleansed and restored to our true selves. In that spirit, I can only pray here on this page that my work as a commissioner, in addition to whatever actions the situation deems necessary, is also to enable that person to find or begin to return their true self. So I have not provided a list of resources, all easily discovered via a Google search, I believe that ultimately the most important resource we have is our own tradition and its teachings about how to be the flawed and beautiful person we are meant to be,


*Every situation is unique, and no member should act based solely on the comments in the article but to base action on an independent review of the ethical standards applicable to his/her situation.