1. Rita Sommers-Flanagan, John Sommers-Flanagan & Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel (2009). The Duty to Protect and the Ethical Standards of Professional Organizations. In James L. Werth, Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel & G. Andrew H. Benjamin (eds.), The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations for Mental Health Professionals. American Psychological Association.
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  2. Rita Sommers-Flanagan (2007). Ethical Considerations in Crisis and Humanitarian Interventions. Ethics and Behavior 17 (2):187 – 202.
    The need for professionals to volunteer their time in crisis situations and to reach across time and culture in the service of humanitarian interventions will likely not abate in the near future. This article provides readers with multiple venues for considering the ethical dimensions present in crisis and humanitarian interventions. Core ethical concerns common to helping situations are magnified in crisis work. In addition, issues unique to the nature of volunteer and crisis work must also be considered. Using hypothetical case (...)
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  3. Rita Sommers-Flanagan, Deni Elliott & John Sommers-Flanagan (1998). Exploring the Edges: Boundaries and Breaks. Ethics and Behavior 8 (1):37 – 48.
    In this article, we examine conceptual and practical issues pertaining to relationship boundaries within the helping profession. Although our focus is primarily on relationships between mental health professionals and clients, there are considerable implications for a new approach to ethically structuring and understanding the construct of "required distance" in many human-interactive professions, such as teaching, religious leadership, public administration, and others. We define the concept of boundary as applied to human relationships, provide examples of boundary breaks, and raise questions regarding (...)
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