As practitioners of Healing Touch and various energetic modalities we are given the privilege of connecting with others in potentially intimate ways. We receive information verbally and/or intuitively which can be quite personal and must be respected as such. It is paramount to understand the need for maintaining confidentiality and ethical practices. In keeping with this I highly recommend reading the Ethics of Touch series by Lisa Anselme, RN, BLS, CHTP/I, HNC, HTI Executive Director, that was published in the HTI newsletter beginning in November 2003. The first article of this series is included in this issue of the Nexus (pages 4-5).
I also recommend The Ethics of Touch by Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D. and Cherie Sohnen-Moe (ISBN 1-882908-40-6). While I have not completed the book, what I have read so far has been well presented and has relevance to energy therapists. There are chapters on Ethical Principles; Dynamics of Effective Communication; Dual Relationships; Sex, Touch & Intimacy; Ethical Practice Management; Business Ethics; Special Considerations in Cases of Trauma; and Supervision.
While this book is written primarily for body workers (i.e. Massage Therapists, etc) and is not expressed in energetic terms, it is a wonderful resource offering practical tools that will hopefully broaden your awareness of ethical practices.