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Marriage and family therapists do not permit students or supervisees to perform or to hold themselves out as competent to perform professional services beyond their training, level of experience, and competence.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics
Marriage and family therapists have unique confidentiality concerns because the client in a therapeutic relationship may be more than one person. When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists take appropriate precautions.
Marriage and family therapists comply with the mandates of law, but make known their commitment to the AAMFT Code of Ethics and take steps to resolve the conflict in a responsible manner. 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.
When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, supervisors document the appropriate precautions taken. Any publication of action taken by the Association will include the fact that the member attempted to resign during the investigation. 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.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics | Ethics Codes Collection
Marriage and family therapists ensure that they are well trained and competent in the use of ethicss chosen technology-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.
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 oc it includes a statement or claim that is false, fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive. Marriage and family therapists seek appropriate professional assistance for issues that may impair work performance or clinical judgment.
Marriage and family therapists shall also not engage in other exploitative practices of supervisees. When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists document the appropriate precautions taken.
Marriage and family aamfg do not disclose client confidences except by written authorization or waiver, or where mandated or permitted by law. When providing aamrt, family, or group treatment, the therapist does not provide access to records without a written authorization from each individual competent to execute a waiver. Innovation and the advancement of knowledge of systemic and relational therapies. Co-authorship on student research should be determined in accordance aanft principles of fairness and justice.
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 take steps to protect the confidentiality of other individuals identified in client records.
Furthermore, such choices of technology are to be suitably advanced and current so as to best serve the professional needs of clients and supervisees. 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 do not diagnose, treat, or advise on problems outside the recognized boundaries of their competencies. Fee-for-service arrangements are not prohibited.
When providing couple, family or group treatment, the therapist does not disclose information outside the treatment context without a written authorization from each individual competent to execute a waiver.
When offering testimony, as marriage and family therapy experts, they shall strive to be accurate, objective, fair, and independent. In educational or training settings where there are multiple supervisors, disclosures are permitted only to other professional colleagues, administrators, or employers who share responsibility for training of the supervisee.
Marriage and family therapists declare the limits of their competencies and information. 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 avoid conflict in roles in legal proceedings wherever possible and disclose potential conflicts.
Marriage and family therapists store, safeguard, and dispose of client records in ways that maintain confidentiality and in accord with applicable laws and professional standards.
Persons accused are considered innocent by the Ethics Committee until proven guilty, except as otherwise provided, and are entitled to due process. 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.
The areas of service, advocacy, and public participation are recognized as responsibilities to the profession equal in importance to all other aspects. Additionally, marriage and family therapists must: 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.
Marriage and family therapists inform participants about the purpose of the research, expected length, and research procedures. Marriage and family therapists who provide forensic evaluations avoid offering professional opinions about persons they have not directly interviewed.
Additionally, marriage and family therapists are concerned with developing laws and regulations pertaining to marriage and family therapy that serve the public interest, and with altering such laws and regulations that are not in the public interest. 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 pursue appropriate consultation and training to ensure adequate knowledge of and adherence to applicable laws, ethics, and professional standards.
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. 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 obtain written informed consent from clients before recording any images or audio or permitting third-party observation. 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 aspire to the highest of standards in providing testimony in various contexts within the legal system. Therapists review with clients the circumstances where confidential information may be requested and where disclosure of confidential information may be legally required.