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 are aware of their influential positions with respect to supervisees, and they avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of such persons.
Marriage and family therapists do not engage in the exploitation of clients, students, trainees, if, employees, colleagues, or research subjects. Marriage and family therapists do not hold themselves out as being partners or associates of a firm if they are not.
Therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships that could impair professional objectivity or increase the risk of exploitation. 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 provide clients with reasonable access to records concerning the clients. Marriage and family therapists, when consulting with colleagues or referral sources, do not share confidential information that could reasonably lead to the identification of a client, research participant, supervisee, or other person with whom they have a confidential relationship unless they have obtained the prior written consent of the client, research participant, supervisee, or other person with whom they have a confidential relationship.
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, 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 the authors of books or other materials that are published or distributed do not plagiarize or fail to cite persons to whom credit for original ideas or work is due.
Marriage and family therapists avoid conflict in roles in legal proceedings wherever possible and disclose potential conflicts.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics | Ethics Codes Collection
Additionally, marriage and family therapists must: Marriage and family therapists comply with applicable laws regarding the reporting of alleged unethical conduct.
Marriage and family therapists do not use any professional identification such as a business card, office sign, letterhead, Internet, or telephone or association directory listing if it includes a statement or claim that is false, fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive. Marriage and family therapists take steps to protect the confidentiality of other individuals identified in client records.
Marriage and family therapists ensure that advertisements and publications in any media are true, accurate, and in accordance with applicable law. 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 do not disclose client confidences except by written authorization or waiver, or where mandated or permitted by law. Commitment to Service, Advocacy and Public Participation 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.
Clients and supervisees, whether contracting for services as individuals, dyads, families, or groups, must be made aware of the risks and responsibilities associated with technology-assisted services. Marriage and family therapists have unique confidentiality concerns because the client in a therapeutic relationship may be more than one person. Marriage and family therapists respectfully assist persons in obtaining appropriate therapeutic services if the therapist is unable or unwilling to provide professional help.
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. When offering testimony, as marriage and family therapy experts, they shall strive to be accurate, objective, fair, and independent.
Integrity evidenced by a high threshold of ethical and honest behavior within Association governance and by members.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics
When providing couple, family, or group treatment, the therapist does not provide access to records without a written authorization from each individual competent 2102 execute a waiver.
Innovation and the advancement of knowledge of systemic and relational therapies. 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 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.
Marriage and family therapists declare the limits of their competencies and information. Marriage and family therapists do not provide services that create a conflict of interest that may impair work performance or clinical judgment. Marriage and family therapists may perform forensic services which may include interviews, consultations, evaluations, reports, and assessments both formal and informal, in keeping with applicable laws and competencies.
Marriage and family therapists inform participants about any potential research benefits, the limits of 0212, and whom to contact concerning questions about the research and their rights as research participants. Marriage and family therapists do not offer or accept kickbacks, rebates, bonuses, or other remuneration for referrals.
Marriage and family therapists represent themselves as providing specialized services only after taking reasonable ethcs to ensure the competence of their work and to protect clients, supervisees, and others from harm. Information obtained about a research participant during the course of an investigation is confidential unless there is a waiver previously obtained in writing.
Careful choices of audio, video, and other options are made in order to optimize quality and security of services, and to adhere to standards of best practices for technology-assisted services. ethis
When institutional approval is required, marriage and family therapists submit accurate information about their research proposals and obtain appropriate approval prior to conducting the research. These core values are aspirational in nature, and are distinct from ethical standards. In preparation for moving a practice, closing a practice, or death, marriage and family therapists arrange for the storage, coed, or disposal of client records in conformance with applicable laws and in ways that maintain confidentiality and safeguard the welfare of clients.
Marriage and family therapists aamfft not permit students or supervisees aamfy perform or to hold themselves out as competent to perform professional services beyond their training, level of experience, and competence. Marriage and family therapists ethicw potential conflicts of interest and take authorship credit only for work they have performed or to which they have contributed.
Supervisors, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with supervisees that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation. Any publication of action taken by the Association will include the fact that the member attempted to resign during the investigation. 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.