CODE OF ETHICS. Effective July 1, Preamble. The Board of Directors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (AAMFT) hereby. advancing the welfare of families and individuals” (AMMFT, ). However, while The AAMFT Code of Ethics refers to the responsibility to advance the. (, July 01). Code of Ethics. Retrieved from Content/Legal_Ethics/ Guide, C. T. (
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Marriage and family therapists do not disclose supervisee confidences except by written authorization or waiver, or when mandated or permitted by law.
When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists document the appropriate precautions taken. Dthics publication of action taken by the Association will include the fact that the member attempted to resign during the investigation.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics | Ethics Codes Collection
Responsiveness and excellence in service to members. Marriage and family therapists respect the dignity and protect the welfare of research participants, and are aware of applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards governing the conduct of research. Please contact the individual organizations or their websites to verify if a more recent or updated code of ethics is available. Marriage and sthics therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid multiple relationships with research participants that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation.
Marriage and family therapists who are in a supervisory role are aware of their influential positions with respect to students and supervisees, and they avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of such persons. When persons, due to age or mental status, are legally incapable of giving informed consent, marriage and family therapists obtain informed permission from a legally authorized person, if such substitute consent is legally permissible.
Marriage and family therapists continue therapeutic relationships only so long as it is reasonably clear that clients are benefiting from the relationship.
Marriage and family therapists who are authors of books or other materials published or distributed by an organization take reasonable precautions to ensure that coe published materials are accurate and factual.
When providing couple, family, or group treatment, the therapist does not provide access to records without a written authorization from each individual competent to execute sthics waiver. Marriage and family therapists attend to cultural norms when considering whether to accept gifts from or give gifts to clients.
While developing new skills in specialty areas, marriage and family therapists take steps to ensure the competence of their work and to protect clients from possible harm. Marriage and family therapists ordinarily refrain from accepting goods and aamf from clients in return for services rendered. Therapists clearly advise clients that clients have the responsibility to make decisions regarding relationships such as cohabitation, marriage, divorce, separation, reconciliation, custody, and visitation.
Clients and supervisees, whether contracting aamft services ethjcs individuals, dyads, families, or groups, must be made or of the risks and responsibilities associated with technology-assisted services.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Therapy, supervision, and other professional services engaged in by marriage and family therapists take place over an increasing number of technological platforms. Marriage and family therapists who provide expert or fact witness testimony in legal proceedings avoid misleading judgments, base conclusions and opinions on appropriate data, and avoid inaccuracies insofar as possible. If the mandates of an organization with which a marriage and family therapist is affiliated, through employment, contract or otherwise, conflict with the AAMFT Code of Ethics, marriage and family therapists make known to the organization their commitment to the AAMFT Code of Ethics and take reasonable steps to resolve the conflict in a way that allows the fullest adherence to the Code of Ethics.
Marriage and family therapists do not provide therapy to current students or supervisees.
Honoring Public Trust The AAMFT strives to honor the public trust in marriage and family therapists by setting standards for ethical practice as described in this Code. Prior to commencing therapy or supervision services through electronic means including but not limited to phone and Internetmarriage and family therapists ensure that they are compliant with all relevant laws for the delivery of such services.
Marriage and family therapists shall also not engage in other exploitative practices of supervisees.
Integrity evidenced by a high threshold of ethical and honest behavior within Association governance and by members. Innovation and the advancement of knowledge of systemic and relational therapies. The content of efhics consent may vary depending upon the client and treatment plan; however, informed consent generally necessitates that the client: Therapists review with clients the circumstances where confidential information may be requested and where disclosure of confidential information may be legally required.
Bartering for professional services may be conducted only if: Marriage and family therapists do not offer or accept kickbacks, rebates, bonuses, or other remuneration for referrals.
Therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with clients that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation. Marriage and family therapists ensure that advertisements and publications in any media are true, accurate, and in accordance with applicable law. When offering inducements for research participation, marriage and family therapists make reasonable efforts to avoid offering inappropriate or excessive inducements when such inducements are likely to coerce participation.
Marriage and family therapists provide written notice and make reasonable efforts to obtain written consents of persons who are the subject s of evaluations and inform clients about the evaluation process, use of information and recommendations, financial arrangements, and the role of the therapist within the legal system.
Marriage and family therapists engage in appropriate informational activities, including those that enable the public, referral sources, or others to choose professional services on an informed basis.
Marriage and family therapists make certain that the qualifications of their employees and supervisees are represented in a manner that is true, accurate, and in accordance with applicable law. The areas of service, advocacy, and public participation are recognized as responsibilities to the profession equal in importance to all other aspects.
Marriage and family therapists advance the welfare of families and individuals and make reasonable efforts to find the appropriate balance between conflicting goals within the family system. Ethical Standards Ethical standards, by contrast, are rules of practice upon which the marriage and family therapist is obliged and judged. The absence of an explicit reference to a specific behavior or situation in the Code does not mean that the behavior is ethical or unethical.
Therapists respect and guard the confidences of each individual client.
Marriage and family therapists take reasonable measures to ensure that services provided by supervisees are professional. There are great benefits and responsibilities inherent in both the traditional therapeutic and supervision contexts, as well as in the utilization of technologically-assisted professional services. Marriage and family therapists accurately represent their competencies, education, training, and experience relevant to their practice of marriage and family therapy in accordance with applicable law.
Information obtained about a research participant during the course of an investigation is confidential unless there is a waiver previously obtained in writing. Marriage and family therapists represent facts truthfully to clients, third-party payors, and supervisees regarding services rendered.
Marriage and family therapists do not fabricate research results. Marriage and family therapists are defined by an enduring dedication to professional and ethical excellence, as well as the commitment to service, advocacy, and public participation.
Marriage and family therapists embody these aspirations by participating in activities that contribute to a better community and society, including devoting a portion of their professional activity to services for which there is little or no financial return.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics
Marriage and family therapists, because of their ability to influence and alter the lives of others, exercise special care when making public their professional recommendations and opinions through testimony or other public statements. Marriage and family therapists avoid conflicts of interest in treating minors or adults involved in custody or visitation actions by not performing evaluations for custody, residence, or visitation of the minor. The AAMFT strives to honor the public trust in marriage and family therapists by setting standards for ethical practice as described in this Code.