The enforcement of virtue ethics in a counseling environment is typically done through the policies, procedures and regulations established by the clinician’s employer. An employer might establish ethical guidelines and codes of conduct that emphasize the development of moral character and virtues such as integrity, compassion, and humility. These expectations should be clearly communicated to employees so they are aware of what is expected of them.
Employers can also ensure that their workplace culture supports these values by providing ongoing training on topics such as professional boundaries in client interactions, appropriate language use with clients, and recognizing signs of potential boundary violations. Employers may also provide feedback to clinicians when they observe behaviors or interactions that could be interpreted as unprofessional or unethical in order to encourage positive behavior change. Additionally, employers may encourage counselors to participate in continuing education opportunities related to virtue ethics or other areas which could further refine their ability to practice ethically.