Record – Request PDF on ResearchGate | AAMFT ethical code: “Dual ; Reilly, ; Ryder & Hepworth, ; Smith & Smith, ). AAMFT Code of Ethics. Effective July 1, Preamble. The Board of Directors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) hereby. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy AAMFT Code of Ethics from BSHS at University of Phoenix.

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In an effort to avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of clients, marriage and family therapists should not engage in sexual intimacy with former clients after the two years following termination or last professional contact.

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. Should a supervisor engage in sexual activity with a former supervisee, the burden of proof shifts to the supervisor to demonstrate that there has been no exploitation or injury to the supervisee.

Therapists clearly advise the clients that they have the responsibility to make decisions regarding relationships such as cohabitation, marriage, divorce, separation, reconciliation, custody, and visitation.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with clients that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation. Principle VIII Advertising Marriage and family therapists engage in appropriate informational activities, including those that enable the public, referral sources, or others to choose professional services on an informed basis.

Persons accused are considered innocent by the Ethics Committee until proven guilty, except as otherwise provided, and are entitled to due process.

Circumstances may necessitate repeated disclosures. This obligation requires special thought and consideration when investigators or other members of the research team are in positions of authority ethisc influence over participants. Marriage and family therapists have unique confidentiality concerns because the client in a therapeutic relationship may be more than one person.


When making decisions regarding professional behavior, marriage and family therapists must consider the AAMFT Code of Ethics and applicable laws and regulations. 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 attempt to resolve the conflict in a way that allows the fullest adherence to the Code of Ethics.

Therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships that could impair professional objectivity or increase the risk of exploitation.

Bartering for professional services may be conducted only if: Marriage and family therapists provide professional assistance to persons without etics on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, health status, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. Marriage and family therapists maintain high standards of professional competence and integrity.

When providing couple, family or ov treatment, the therapist does not disclose information outside the treatment context without a written authorization from each individual competent to execute a waiver.

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Verbal authorization will not be sufficient except in emergency situations, unless prohibited by law. 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. Investigators respect the dignity and protect the welfare of research participants, and are aware of applicable laws and regulations and professional standards vode the conduct of research. Marriage 20011 family therapists practice in specialty areas new to them only after appropriate education, training, or supervised experience.

The content of informed consent may vary depending upon the client and treatment plan; however, informed consent generally necessitates that the client: This Code is published by: Examples of such relationships include, but are not limited to, those individuals with whom the therapist has a current or prior sexual, close personal, immediate familial, or therapeutic relationship. 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 exploit the trust and dependency of students and supervisees. Please contact the individual organizations or their websites to verify if a more recent or updated code of ethics is available.

When such action is taken, therapists will not disclose clinical information.

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When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists take appropriate precautions. The AAMFT strives to honor the public trust in marriage and family therapists by setting standards for ethical practice as described in this Code.

Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not a defense to a charge of unethical conduct. They respect the rights of those persons seeking their assistance, and make reasonable efforts to ensure that their services are used appropriately.

Marriage and family therapists advance the welfare of families 0201 individuals.

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The standards are not exhaustive. Please note the codes in our collection might not necessarily be the most recent versions.

Therapists respect and guard the confidences of each individual client. Marriage and family therapists respect the rights ethica responsibilities of professional colleagues and participate in activities that advance the goals of the profession.