mfcc551 | Graduate

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 codes of ethics and laws governing mental health professionals. Emphasis is placed on the principles governing client rights, duty to warn and protect, multiple relationships, and application in special situations and with special populations; students learn how to interpret and act appropriately in a wide variety of situations.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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

    • Differentiate between complaints filed with professional board of ethics, professional licensing board, and court of law and describe the consequences to the practitioner.
    • Discuss the concepts of negligence and malpractice and define and enumerate the conditions for malpractice to be established.
    • Discuss the concept of competence/scope of practice and identify professional limitations.
    • Examine and discuss the ethical guidelines for advertising for services.
    • Define multicultural competency and explain its importance to ethical practice in marriage and family counseling.
    • Examine strategies for risk management related to counseling practices and documentation.
    • Explain ethical considerations unique to the practice of marriage and family therapy.

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

    • Identify guidelines for reporting elder and child abuse.
    • Examine ethical issues associated with cases of domestic violence.
    • Discuss consent to treatment in relation to custody issues.
    • Describe the process of responding to subpoenaed records.
    • Discuss the role of the Marriage and Family Therapist as an expert witness.
    • Articulate the importance of the marriage and family therapist’s familiarity with community resources and mental health services.

    Research, Training, and Supervision in Marriage and Family TherapyThe Therapist As a Person: Ethical and Legal IssuesIntegration of Course Topics

    • Examine and discuss ethical guidelines for research participants.
    • Identify signs of professional burn-out and develop prevention strategies.
    • Integrate major components of the course to include applicable codes of ethics, ethical decision-making models, issues of professional competence, identity, relationship, boundaries and personal values.
    • Describe the importance of professional consultation and supervision.
    • Examine when and how personal issues affect your practice.
    • Examine and discuss ethical guidelines for supervisees, and students.
    • Articulate the ethical necessity of therapists maintaining a program of personal growth.
    • Identify professional groups and/or associations that would serve as support.
    • Discuss strategies to better support your colleagues in order to avoid possible ethical/legal violations.

    Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Duty to Warn

    • Examine the concept of informed consent.
    • Examine the concepts of confidentially, therapist/client relationship, and privileged communication.
    • Articulate the requirements of the duty to warn/protect in cases of danger to self and danger to others.
    • Apply principles of informed consent and confidentiality to various clinical situations.
    • Examine the unique ethical challenges involved in Web-based and telephone counseling.
    • Review the application of HIPAA in relationship to client rights and counseling practice.

    Code of Ethics: Principles and Practices

    • Examine and interpret the main content areas of the ACA Code of Ethics and AAMFT.
    • Examine the influence of personal values on ethical decision making.
    • Articulate models of ethical decision making.
    • Compare and contrast the Kitchener model and the Keith-Spiegel and Koocher model.
    • Apply ethical decision-making models to case study scenarios.

    Multiple Relationships and Boundary Issues

    • Examine the role that power and prestige play in boundary violations.
    • Identify warning signs of boundary violations.
    • Define multiple relationships and explain the potential problems that are inherent in them.
    • Identify and discuss controversial cases involving multiple relationships.
    • Discuss physical, social, emotional, and sexual boundaries.
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