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AAMFT Code of Ethics
Transcript of AAMFT Code of Ethics
Jesus Torres The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Founded in 1942
Primary professional organization for the field of marriage and family therapy
Currently represents over 24,000 marriage and family therapist AAMFT Mission To promote the identification, practice, and the integrity of the profession of marriage and family therapy
To achieve parity with other mental health providers
To encourage professional excellence amongst marriage and family therapists
To assure ethical practice and benefit the society which we serve Since the first version was developed in 1962, the AAMFT of ethics has been revised 9 times
The latest revision was effective July 1, 2012
National Ethics Committee History of the Code Honor the public trust in marriage and family therapists
Set standards for ethical practice
Set standards for education, training, and research in the field
Act as a guideline for handling situations that may occur Purpose of the Code Explicit Values Confidentiality
"Therapists respect and guard the confidences of each individual client"
Autonomy and Freedom
"Respect the rights of clients to make decisions and help them understand the consequences of these decisions" Implicit Values Social Justice
"Participate in activities that contribute to a better community and society, including devoting a portion of their professional activity to services in which there is little or no financial return"
Dignity and Worth of a Person
"Therapists provide professional assistance to persons without discrimination on basis of race, age, ethnicity..." Principles 1. Responsibility to Clients
3. Professional Competence and Integrity
4. Responsibility to Students and Supervises
5. Responsibility to Research Participants
6. Responsibility to the Profession
7. Financial Arrangements
8. Advertising Aspirational or Obligatory Mostly Obligatory
"Code of Ethics is binding on members of AAMFT"
"Therapists do not use their professional relationships with clients to further their own interests"
Aspirational toward the profession
"Participate in activities that advance the goals of the profession" Comparison to Other Codes Criticism of Code Intimacy between clients
It cannot always be monitored or not all parties are informed
MFT businesses may withhold information for non-payment
It is not mandated that the counselor provide clients the code of ethics and grievance policies References and Links AAMFT
Responsibility to Students and Supervisors
Section 4.3 Sexual Intimacy Students or Supervisees
Section 8.1 Accurate Professional Representation http://ilearn.csumb.edu/file.php/4138/AAMFT_Code_of_Ethics_2012.pdf
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy NOHS
Section 1 - Standards for Human Service Professionals
Statements 22 to 25 - The Human Service Professional's Responsibility to Colleagues
Section 3 - Social Workers’ Ethical Responsibilities In Practice Settings
3.07(a-d) - Administration