Professional Ethics for Marriage and Family Therapists

Professional Ethics for Marriage and Family Therapists 

Providing marriage and family therapy (MFT) can be highly rewarding work that allows practitioners to help couples and families resolve conflicts, enhance their ability to communicate with each other, and establish healthy dynamics. The practice of MFT also involves a unique set of circumstances that can pose challenges for providers, namely, that the provider’s professional obligations extend to multiple individuals. It is therefore essential that as an MFT, you understand the ethics standards of your profession. This course blends didactic material with interactive exercises to help you to stay on top of recent changes in MFT ethics by reviewing relevant ethics standards, discussing issues and trends, and giving you opportunities to test your knowledge. The content for this course is based on the standards of the ethics code of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), updated in 2015. Additionally, bear in mind that as you review the course material, while the term “marriage therapy” is used throughout in keeping with the verbiage of the ethics code, the issues discussed also apply when working with unmarried couples. The course material also applies to MFT practice when providing services to families and to clients seeking individual counseling to address their relationship issues.

$22.50

Hours: 2.25
REL-HHS-0-ETHMFT

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (7 Match)

National Board for Certified Counselors

2.25 HOURS







Relias, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Relias , LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours

Ohio Marriage and Family Therapist Board

2.25 HOURS


Provider # RTX050401 290
This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

2.25 HOURS


Provider #50-290 This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing Board

2.25 HOURS


This course has been approved by the North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board for 2.25 hours of CEU credit.

Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

2.25 HOURS


This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers/Marriage & Family Therapists

2.25 HOURS


This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

Kentucky Board of Licensure of Marriage and Family Therapists

2.25 HOURS


This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-ETHMFT
Hours: 2.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Summarize the specific ethical responsibilities MFTs have to clients and the profession.
Explain the applicability of the ethics code to your work, and the relationship between ethics codes and laws.
Identify specific ethical pitfalls that can occur in practice and describe proactive steps you can take to prevent them.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: A Foundation for Ethical Practice A. Meet Dave and Rachel B. What is an Ethics Code? C. Relationship Between Ethics Codes and Laws D. Applicability of the Ethics Code E. Accountability F. Quick Check G. Policy and Regulatory Development H. Complaints and Allegations I. Check Your Understanding J. Summary Section 3: Responsibility to Clients A. Non-Discrimination B. Informed Consent C. Dual Relationships D. Check Your Understanding E. Prohibition Against Sexual Intimacy F. Self-Determination G. Clarification of Roles H. Third Party Referrals I. Therapeutic Benefit J. Transition to Other Therapists K. Audio/Video Recording or Observation L. Bob’s Dilemma M. Summary Section 4: Confidentiality A. The Challenge and Limits of Confidentiality in MFT B. Authorized Disclosures C. Secrets with Couples and Families D. Confidentiality in Group Treatment E. What Do You Think? F. Confidentiality of Records G. Use of Clinical Examples H. Obtaining Consultation I. Client Access to Records J. Sally’s Next Step K. Summary Section 5: Professional Capability A. Maintaining Competence B. Cultural Competence C. Conflicts of Interest D. Check Your Understanding E. Practice Recordkeeping Standards F. Policies on Gifts G. Public Statements H. Impaired Professionals/Colleagues I. Providing Care to Minors J. Consequences of Violation K. Let’s Review: Meet Jacob L. Summary Section 6: The MFT Clinical Supervisor A. Positions of Influence B. Representation of Trainees C. Prior Relationships D. Confidentiality of Supervision E. Payment for Supervision F. William and Matilda G. Summary Section 7: Research A. Ethics Planning B. Informed Participation C. Participant Confidentiality D. Integrity of Research and Publications E. Did Paul Obtain Informed Consent? F. Summary Section 8: Advertising and Finances A. Accurate Representations B. Complete Representations C. What Do You Think? D. Payment for Referrals E. Fees and Financial Policies F. Fee Discussions as Part of the Therapy Relationship G. Pro Bono and Reduced Fee Services H. Protections in Collection Efforts I. What Do You Think? J. Non-Financial Payments K. Withholding Records L. A Financial Fiasco M. Summary Section 9: Ethics and Technology A. Electronic Treatment Methods B. Choosing Appropriate Platforms C. What Do You Think? D. Ethical Issues and Social Media E. Let’s Review: Adam and Rosa F. Summary Section 10: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. Full Version of AAMFT Code of Ethics E. Legal and Ethics Fact Sheets F. Sample No Secrets Agreement G. General Information About MFT H. References I. Congratulations! J. Exam K. BrainSparks

Instructor: Mark Witte, LMSW, LMFT
This course was written by Mark Witte, LMSW. Mr. Witte serves as the Director of Substance Abuse Services for the Lakeshore Regional Partners in West Michigan. Mark holds a BA in Sociology and an MSW in Social Work. He worked for nearly 20 years in children’s services, and since 2004, has gained extensive experience in substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. Mark serves as an adjunct professor of social work at several colleges and serves on boards for the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Michigan Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee. Disclosure: Mark Witte, LMSW, LMFT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Frederick M. Martone, PhD
Frederick M. Martone, PhD., is a licensed psychologist and licensed MFT. He completed his Masters degree at Duquesne University and his doctorate from California Graduate School. He completed pre-doctorate work at Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, and post-doctorate work at California Department of Mental Health Camarillo State Hospital. He is licensed in the state of California. He has experience teaching graduate school, working in private practice, as a psychologist for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, in non-profit residential, foster care, non-public schools, and as psychologist for the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Primary areas of focus include assessment, individual and family psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision. Disclosure: Frederick M. Martone, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry, intermediate, and advanced level Marriage and Family Therapists; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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