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Legal And Ethical Issues In Marriage And Family Therapy

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This course covers legal and ethical responsibilities of the marriage and family counselor, including California state laws governing mental health professionals. Emphasis is placed on the current legal patterns and trends governing client rights, duty to warn, duty to protect, treatment of minors, parent consent, multiple relationships, and application in special situations and with special populations. Students learn how to interpret and act appropriately in a wide variety of ethical situations as well as recognize and explore the relationship between a practitioner’s sense of self and human values and his or her professional behavior and ethics.

This graduate-level course is 8 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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    Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Duty to Warn

    • Describe the requirements of the duty to warn and protect in cases of danger to self and others.
    • Apply HIPAA to client rights in counseling practice.
    • Apply informed consent to various clinical settings.
    • Distinguish between confidentiality and privileged communication in the therapist and client relationship.

    Multiple Relationships and Boundary Issues

    • Explain multiple relationships in the counseling process.
    • Describe physical, social, emotional, and sexual boundaries.
    • Determine strategies to communicate boundary issues with a client, resulting from warning signs exhibited during counseling.
    • Determine the role that power and prestige play in boundary violations.

    Professional Practice Issues – Maintaining Competence and Avoiding Ethical and Legal Violations

    • Describe the concepts of scope of practice and scope of competence.
    • Describe risk management strategies in professional practice.
    • Describe the consequences of legal, ethical, and regulatory complaints against the practitioner.
    • Differentiate among the legal and ethical standards for different types of work settings for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs).

    Treatment of Minors – Children and Adolescents as Clients

    • Explain ethical considerations unique to the practice of marriage and family therapy.
    • Identify therapeutic, clinical, and practical considerations involved in family law and the treatment of minors.
    • Identify the legal considerations in the treatment of minors with and without parental consent.
    • Describe consent to treatment and confidentiality in relation to custody issues.

    Various Legal and Ethical Concerns and Guidelines in Marriage and Family Therapy

    • Identify guidelines for reporting and assessing elder, child, and partner abuse.
    • Identify the legal and ethical issues associated with cases of domestic violence.
    • Describe the process of responding to subpoenaed records.
    • Describe the importance and limitations of advocacy especially in cases of severe mental illness.
    • Identify community resources for persons with mental illness and for victims of abuse.

    Research, Training, and Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy

    • Identify ethical guidelines for research participants.
    • Describe the importance of professional consultation and supervision.
    • Identify ethical guidelines for students and supervisees.

    The Therapist as a Person – Values, Ethics and Professionalism

    • Identify the relationship between a practitioner’s sense of self and human values, and his or her professional behaviors and ethics.
    • Identify when and how the therapist’s personal life can influence his or her practice.
    • Describe identification and prevention strategies for burnout and compassion fatigue.

    Code of Ethics: Principles and Practices

    • Identify the main content areas of the CAMFT Code of Ethics.
    • Determine the influence of personal values on ethical decision making.
    • Apply models of ethical decision making.
    • Recognize the role of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in licensing law and the licensing process.
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