This course explores ethical dimensions of clinical practice, involving boundaries in psychotherapy and analysis when illness, mortality and major changes in the life of the analyst enter the relationship. We’ll look at how therapists and analysts can prepare in advance for the possibility of their illness, incapacity or death, including working on preparing a professional will. Ethical considerations for framing self-disclosure when the analyst is ill, incapacitated or dying, and ways in which significant events in the analyst’s life can impact the work of therapy will also be explored. The program will illustrate how these challenging situations can be approached through an inner function that guides our process toward ethical behavior, a function that is every bit as powerful as external rules and laws. We’ll integrate theoretical, clinical, personal, archetypal and practical approaches to ethical questions.