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 responsible for making careful examinations of ethical acceptability in planning research. Information obtained about a research participant during the course of an investigation is confidential unless there is a aamvt previously obtained in writing.
Verbal authorization will not be sufficient except in emergency situations, unless prohibited by law. When the possibility exists that others, including family members, may obtain access to such information, this possibility, together with the plan for protecting confidentiality, is explained as part of the procedure for obtaining informed consent.
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. Marriage and family therapists demonstrate competence via education and experience in providing testimony in legal systems. Marriage and family therapists do not exploit the trust and dependency of students and supervisees. Paid Advertisement Acceptance, appreciation, and inclusion of a diverse membership.
Circumstances may necessitate repeated disclosures. Innovation and the advancement of knowledge of systemic and relational therapies. Fee-for-service arrangements are not prohibited. Marriage and family therapists avoid conflict in roles in legal proceedings wherever possible and disclose potential conflicts.
When offering testimony, as marriage and family therapy experts, they shall strive to be accurate, objective, fair, and independent. Additionally, marriage and family therapists must: Marriage and family therapists who are authors of books or other materials published or distributed by an organization take reasonable precautions to ensure that the published materials are accurate and factual. Marriage and family therapists are aware of their influential positions with respect to clients, and they avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of such persons.
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 attend to cultural norms when considering whether to accept gifts from or give gifts to clients. 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.
Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not a defense to a charge of unethical conduct. Ethical standards, by contrast, are rules of practice upon which the marriage and family therapist is obliged and judged.
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. Marriage and family therapists maintain high standards of professional competence and integrity. These values are intended to provide an aspirational framework within which marriage and family therapists may pursue the highest goals of practice.
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.
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.
When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists document the appropriate precautions taken.
Ethical Standards Ethical standards, by contrast, are rules of practice upon which the marriage and family therapist is obliged and judged. 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. Therapists and supervisors follow all applicable laws ethlcs location of practice and services, and do not use technologically-assisted means for practicing outside of their allowed jurisdictions.
Publication credits fo reflect the relative contributions of the individual involved.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics | Ethics Codes Collection
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 provide clients with reasonable access to records concerning the clients. Marriage and family therapists obtain appropriate informed consent to therapy or related procedures and use language that is reasonably understandable to clients.
Therapists clearly advise clients that clients have the responsibility to make decisions regarding relationships such as cohabitation, marriage, divorce, separation, reconciliation, custody, and visitation.
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. Once services have begun, therapists provide reasonable notice of any changes in fees or other charges.
Marriage and family therapists do not engage in sexual intimacy with students or supervisees during the evaluative or training relationship between the therapist and student or supervisee. Marriage and family therapists represent facts truthfully to clients, third-party aamtf, and aafmt regarding services rendered.
Marriage and family therapists respect the dignity and protect the welfare of research participants, and are aware of azmft laws, regulations, and professional standards governing the conduct of research. Marriage and family therapists do not abandon or neglect clients in treatment without making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of treatment.
Prior to entering into the therapeutic or supervisory relationship, marriage and family therapists clearly disclose and explain to clients and supervisees: 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.
Marriage and family therapists ethiics not diagnose, treat, or advise on problems outside the recognized boundaries of their competencies. Marriage and family therapists respect the rights of clients to make decisions and help them to understand the consequences of these decisions. Marriage and family therapists avoid providing therapy to clients for whom the therapist has provided a forensic evaluation and avoid providing evaluations for those who are clients, unless otherwise mandated by legal systems.
Marriage and family therapists continue therapeutic relationships only so long as it is reasonably clear that clients are benefiting from the relationship. Marriage and awmft therapists make financial arrangements with clients, third-party payors, and supervisees that are reasonably understandable and conform to accepted professional practices.
Marriage and family therapists, because of their ability to influence and alter the lives of others, etyics special care when making public their ethiccs recommendations and opinions through testimony or other public statements. When persons, due to age ethicss 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.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics
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. 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 do not hold themselves out as being partners or associates of a firm if they are not. Marriage and family therapists who are uncertain about the ethics of a particular course of action are encouraged to seek counsel from consultants, attorneys, supervisors, colleagues, or other appropriate authorities. Marriage and family therapists ordinarily refrain from accepting goods and services from clients in return for services rendered.