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Legal and Ethical Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy


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Course level: Graduate

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.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Code of Ethics: Principles and Practices

Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Duty to Warn

Multiple Relationships and Boundary Issues

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

Treatment of Minors – Children and Adolescents as Clients

Legal and Ethical Concerns and Guidelines in Marriage and Family Therapy

Research, Training, and Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Therapist as a Person – Values, Ethics and Professionalism


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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