mfcc552 | Graduate

Legal And Ethical Issues In Marriage And Family Therapy

Explore by:

or call us at



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 8 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

topic title goes here

    Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Duty to Warn

    • 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.
    • Describe the requirements of the duty to warn and protect in cases of danger to self and others.

    Multiple Relationships and Boundary Issues

    • Explain multiple relationships in the counseling process.
    • 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.
    • Describe physical, social, emotional, and sexual boundaries.

    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 AAMFT Code of Ethics.
    • Determine the influence of personal values on ethical decision making.
    • Apply models of ethical decision making.
    • Recognize the role of the state board in licensing law and the licensing process.
    Tuition for individual courses varies. For more information, please call or chat live with an Enrollment Representative.

    Please ask about these special rates:

    Teacher Rate: For some courses, special tuition rates are available for current, certified P-12 teachers and administrators. Please speak with an Enrollment Representative today for more details.

    Military Rate: For some courses, special tuition rates are available for active duty military members and their spouses. Please speak with an Enrollment Representative today for more details.

    The University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses.

    While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

    Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.