mfcc551 | Graduate
Legal And Ethical Issues In Marriage And Family Therapy
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Research, Training, and Supervision in Marriage and Family TherapyThe Therapist As a Person: Ethical and Legal IssuesIntegration of Course Topics
- 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.
- Examine and discuss ethical guidelines for research participants.
- Identify signs of professional burn-out and develop prevention strategies.
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.
Professional Practice Issues: Maintaining Competence and Avoiding Ethical and Legal Violations
- Examine strategies for risk management related to counseling practices and documentation.
- Explain ethical considerations unique to the practice of marriage and family therapy.
- 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.
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.
Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Duty to Warn
- 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.
- Examine the concept of informed consent.
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 therapistâs familiarity with community resources and mental health services.
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