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CODE OF ETHICS. Effective July 1, Preamble. The Board of Directors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (AAMFT) hereby. advancing the welfare of families and individuals” (AMMFT, ). However, while The AAMFT Code of Ethics refers to the responsibility to advance the. (, July 01). Code of Ethics. Retrieved from Content/Legal_Ethics/ Guide, C. T. (

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The standards are not exhaustive. 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.

Marriage and family therapists who are authors of books or other materials published or distributed by an organization take reasonable precautions to ensure that the published materials are accurate and factual. 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 take reasonable steps to resolve the ethixs in a way that allows the fullest adherence to the Code of Ethics.

Marriage and family therapists do not disclose supervisee confidences except by azmft authorization or waiver, or when mandated or permitted by law. Marriage and family therapists pursue appropriate consultation and training to ensure adequate knowledge of and adherence to applicable laws, ethics, and professional standards. As therapy begins, marriage and family therapists clarify roles and the extent codw confidentiality when legal systems are involved.

Persons accused are considered innocent by the Ethics Committee until proven guilty, except as otherwise provided, and are entitled to due process. Once services have begun, therapists provide reasonable notice of any changes in fees or other charges. Marriage and family therapists do not diagnose, treat, or advise on problems outside the recognized boundaries of their competencies.

Marriage and family therapists shall also not engage in other exploitative practices of supervisees. Marriage and family therapists demonstrate competence via education and experience in providing testimony in legal systems. Marriage and family therapists avoid providing therapy to clients for whom the therapist has provided a forensic evaluation and avoid providing evaluations for those who are clients, unless otherwise mandated by legal systems.

Marriage and family therapists advance the welfare of families and individuals and make reasonable efforts to find the appropriate balance between conflicting goals within the family system. Aspirational Core Values The following core values speak generally to the membership of AAMFT as a professional association, yet they also inform all the varieties of practice and service in which marriage and family therapists ehtics.


Responsiveness and excellence in service to members.

Marriage and family therapists take steps to protect the confidentiality of other individuals identified in client records. 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.

Supervisors, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with supervisees that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation. Any permission to use the codes must be sought from the individual organizations directly. Marriage and family therapists attend to cultural norms when considering whether to accept gifts from or give gifts to clients. Therapists respect and guard the confidences of each individual client.

Marriage and family therapists respectfully assist persons in obtaining appropriate therapeutic services if the therapist is unable or unwilling to provide professional help.

Marriage and family therapists do not provide therapy to current students or supervisees. Innovation and the advancement of knowledge of systemic and relational therapies.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics | Ethics Codes Collection

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 do not provide services that create a conflict of interest that may impair work performance or clinical judgment.

Clear aamfg are made between therapy and evaluations. Marriage and family therapists may perform forensic services which may include interviews, consultations, evaluations, reports, and assessments both formal and informal, in keeping with applicable laws and competencies. Paid Advertisement Acceptance, appreciation, and inclusion of a diverse membership.

Co-authorship on student research should be determined in accordance with principles of fairness and justice. Please note the codes in our collection might not necessarily be the most recent versions. When the possibility exists that others, including family members, may obtain access to such information, this possibility, together with the plan for protecting confidentiality, is explained as part of the procedure for obtaining informed consent.

Additionally, marriage and family therapists must: Marriage and family therapists who provide expert or fact witness testimony in legal etgics avoid misleading judgments, base conclusions and opinions on appropriate data, and avoid inaccuracies insofar as possible.


Any publication of action taken by the Association will include the fact that the member attempted to resign during the investigation. Marriage and family therapists do not engage in sexual intimacy with students or supervisees during the evaluative or training relationship between the therapist and student or supervisee.

Marriage and family therapists comply with applicable laws regarding the reporting of alleged unethical conduct. Marriage and family therapists engage in appropriate aafmt activities, including those that enable the public, referral sources, or others to choose professional services on an informed basis. Marriage and family therapists, upon agreeing to provide services to etihcs person or entity at the request of a third party, clarify, to the extent feasible and at the outset of the service, the nature of the relationship with each party and the limits of confidentiality.

When institutional approval is required, marriage and family therapists submit accurate information about their research proposals and obtain oc approval prior to conducting the research.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics

Marriage and family therapists inform participants about the purpose of the research, expected length, and research procedures. Distinctiveness and excellence in training of marriage and family therapists and those desiring to advance their skills, knowledge and expertise in systemic and relational therapies.

Prior to commencing therapy or supervision services through electronic means including but not limited to phone and Internetmarriage and family therapists ensure that they are compliant with all relevant laws for the delivery of such services. Therapists clearly advise clients that clients have the responsibility to make decisions regarding relationships such as cohabitation, marriage, divorce, separation, reconciliation, custody, and visitation.

Marriage and family therapists providing clinical supervision shall not enter into financial arrangements with supervisees through deceptive or exploitative practices, nor shall marriage and family therapists providing cod supervision exert undue influence over supervisees when establishing supervision fees.

Therapists review with clients the circumstances where confidential information may be requested and ethica disclosure of confidential information may be legally required. Careful choices of audio, video, and other options are made in order to optimize quality and security of services, and to adhere to standards of best practices for technology-assisted services.