AAMFT CODE OF ETHICS 2001 PDF

Clinical supervisors are responsible for monitoring the practice of their supervisees, and of course ethical consideration should be interwoven throughout supervision. The release of the revised Code provides supervisors with an additional opportunity to devote supervision time to a discussion of ethical principles. I intend to spend considerable time on this with my supervisees, and believe that revisiting the subject of ethics outside of the context of a specific case will provide for an excellent learning exchange. I suggest that discussions of the "new" Code focus not just on the revised portions. In fact, the number of blatant ethics violations for even the most basic ethical principles confidentiality violations, sex with clients, as examples suggests that repeated reminders of ethical principles are in order.

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Clinical supervisors are responsible for monitoring the practice of their supervisees, and of course ethical consideration should be interwoven throughout supervision. The release of the revised Code provides supervisors with an additional opportunity to devote supervision time to a discussion of ethical principles. I intend to spend considerable time on this with my supervisees, and believe that revisiting the subject of ethics outside of the context of a specific case will provide for an excellent learning exchange.

I suggest that discussions of the "new" Code focus not just on the revised portions. In fact, the number of blatant ethics violations for even the most basic ethical principles confidentiality violations, sex with clients, as examples suggests that repeated reminders of ethical principles are in order. Below, I will suggest some opportunities for discussion with supervisees.

Note: numbers in parentheses correspond to subprinciples of the Code. The Code rephrases the anti-discrimination subprinciple 1.

Informed consent is emphasized and described 1. I suggest particular attention to this section, since informed consent is too often passed off as merely administrative, without proper consideration for its importance in the protection of clients. The subprinciple on "dual relationships" was rephrased to emphasize the protection of clients. The prohibition against sexual intimacy with clients is emphasized 1.

However, the Code rejects any notion that harm will not occur simply by letting a two year period pass, and places the burden on the therapist to avoid exploitation no matter how much time has passed. Other elements to highlight from this section include the concept that therapists will continue seeing a client only so long as the client will benefit 1.

Not every therapist is good for every client, a notion that is often overlooked as trainees strive to demonstrate their competence. While the basic concept on confidentiality seems simple enough, most supervisees will be able to provide conundrums from their own practice that point out the complexity of confidentiality in real practice.

Areas to emphasize in a supervisory discussion include ensuring that clients understand possible limits to confidentiality 2. Principle III discusses professional competence and integrity. The new Code emphasizes that therapists should not practice new techniques or specialties without the proper education and supervision 3. Supervisors should have a clear understanding with their supervisees about what types of practices, ideas, or techniques should be discussed in supervision before being applied.

To emphasize the prohibition of providing therapy to students and supervisees 4. Responsibility to research participants is the subject of Principle V, which had only minor, editorial changes in this revision of the Code. It should not be overlooked, even if research is not actively being conducted with the cases under supervision.

As is the theme throughout the Code, informed consent and protection of the research subjects is emphasized. Principle VI addresses responsibility to the profession. It provides guidance to employees when their organizational requirements conflict with the Code 6.

Interns and supervisees from other work settings can be invited to explore instances where this may have occurred or may be occurring. This section of the Code emphasizes that therapists do not plagiarize or fail to cite authorship when due 6. Principle VII focuses on financial arrangements, another area often overlooked in supervision because of its administrative connotation.

This issue is important to clients, making it a critical topic for supervision. Perhaps most important is ensuring that clients are well informed about what therapy will cost, and what will happen if the client becomes unable or unwilling to pay for services 7. For example, therapists generally cannot withhold records solely because payment has not been received 7. In an age when creative moneymaking is encouraged, therapists are prohibited from receiving payment for referrals 7.

Ask to see any documents your supervisee is using with clients to explain the costs and collection procedures for therapy, and discuss them in light of these ethical principles. The basic notion here is that advertising should be honest, and not misleading. As a regular practice, I ask my supervisees to see their business card and stationery, and ask to see any advertisements they run. This provides the supervisor with an opportunity to discuss any ways in which the statements, degrees, affiliations, licenses or designations should be altered to avoid misinterpretation.

Supervisors have enormous responsibilities to supervisees, their clients, and the MFT profession. Clearly, competent practice as a supervisor must include significant attention toward the training of supervisees in the application of the AAMFT Code of Ethics within clinical practice. Alan Hovestadt, Ed.

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Samugami CSEP does not hold copyright on any of the codes of ethics in our collection. Circumstances may necessitate repeated disclosures. The AAMFT strives to honor the public trust in marriage and family therapists by setting standards for ethical practice as described in this Code. When making decisions regarding professional behavior, marriage and family therapists must consider the AAMFT Code of Ethics and applicable laws and regulations. Marriage and family therapists maintain high standards of professional competence and integrity. Code of Ethics Ethics Codes Collection Marriage and family therapists practice in specialty areas new to them only after appropriate education, training, or supervised experience.

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AAMFT CODE OF ETHICS 2001 PDF

Date Approved: July 1, Disclaimer: Please note the codes in our collection might not necessarily be the most recent versions. Please contact the individual organizations or their websites to verify if a more recent or updated code of ethics is available. CSEP does not hold copyright on any of the codes of ethics in our collection. Any permission to use the codes must be sought from the individual organizations directly.

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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. 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. The areas of service, advocacy, and public participation are recognized as responsibilities to the profession equal in importance to all other aspects. Marriage and family therapists embody these aspirations by participating in activities that contribute to a better community and society, including devoting a portion of their professional activity to services for which there is little or no financial return. 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.

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Gom Pass complete! Any permission to use the codes must be sought from the individual organizations directly. Marriage and family therapists respect the rights and responsibilities of professional colleagues and participate in activities that advance the goals of the profession. Etjics may be shared only to the extent necessary to achieve the purposes of the consultation. The AAMFT strives to honor the public trust in marriage and family aanft by setting standards for ethical practice as described in this Code. When making decisions regarding professional behavior, marriage and family therapists must consider the AAMFT Code of Ethics and applicable laws and regulations.

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