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AAMFT Code of Ethics

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Monica Ramirez

on 4 April 2013

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Transcript of AAMFT Code of Ethics

Monica Ramirez
Kesha Ingram
Brittany West
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
2. Confidentiality
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

Financial Arrangements
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
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