The Ethics of Professional Practice

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss valuing values, valuing uniqueness, and valuing reality.
2. Discuss autonomy, beneficence, justice, fidelity, and nonmaleficence.
3. Review principle distinctions in ethical care that are unique to care with couples and families and discuss how those principles are applied as practice distinctions
4. Compare the DSM approach with marriage and family therapy when locating a presenting problem.
5. List the eight principles of the AAMFT Code of Ethics and briefly describe each.
6. Discuss the roles of the therapist as a diagnostician, resource expert, and treatment provider.

Course Contents

  1. An Introduction to the Formal Process of Helping
  2. Helper Variables: What the Helper Brings to the Relationship
  3. Ethical Standards: Guidelines For Helping Others
  4. Ethics and the Law
  5. Ethical Conflicts: The System and the Interests of Others
  6. Informed Consent
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Boundaries and the Ethical Use of Power
  9. Efficacy of Treatment
  10. Evaluation and Accountability