The safety paradox in ethics training: a case study on safety dynamics within a military ethics train-the-trainer course

Eva van Baarle, Ineke van de Braak, Desiree Verweij, Guy Widdershoven, Bert Molewijk

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There is considerable support for the idea that an atmosphere of safety can foster learning in groups, especially during ethics training courses. However, the question how safety dynamics works during ethics courses is still understudied. This article aims to investigate safety dynamics by examining a critical incident during a military ethics train-the trainer course during which safety was threatened. We examine this incident by means of a four-factor analysis model from the field of Theme-Centered Interaction (TCI). We show that during ethics training courses a safety paradox can occur, involving a tension between honesty and openness to other perspectives and values. Finally, we discuss how trainers can foster safety during ethics training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-117
JournalMedicine, Health Care and Philosophy
Issue number1
Early online date10 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019

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