CODE OF ETHICS. Effective July 1, Preamble. The Board of Directors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (AAMFT) hereby. advancing the welfare of families and individuals” (AMMFT, ). However, while The AAMFT Code of Ethics refers to the responsibility to advance the. (, July 01). Code of Ethics. Retrieved from Content/Legal_Ethics/ Guide, C. T. (

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Marriage and family therapists declare the limits of their competencies and information. Integrity evidenced by a high threshold of ethical and honest behavior within Association governance and by members.

Marriage and family therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid multiple relationships with research participants that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation.

Marriage and family therapists correct, wherever possible, false, misleading, or inaccurate information and representations made by others concerning the therapist’s qualifications, services, or products.

Marriage and family therapists seek appropriate professional assistance for issues that may impair work performance or clinical judgment. Marriage and family therapists who are in a supervisory role are aware of their influential positions with respect to students and supervisees, and they avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of such persons.

Clear distinctions are made between therapy and evaluations.

Therapy, supervision, and other professional services engaged in by marriage and family therapists take place over an increasing number of technological platforms. Fee-for-service arrangements are not prohibited. When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists document the appropriate precautions taken. Prior to commencing therapy or supervision services through electronic means including but not limited to phone and Internet og, marriage and family therapists ensure that they are compliant with all relevant laws for the delivery of such services.

Marriage and family therapists attend to cultural norms when considering whether to accept gifts from or give gifts to clients. The absence of an explicit reference to a specific behavior or situation in the Code does not mean that the behavior is ethical or unethical.


When offering testimony, as marriage and family therapy experts, they shall strive to be accurate, objective, fair, and independent.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics

Paid Advertisement Acceptance, appreciation, and inclusion of a diverse membership. Therapists review with clients the circumstances where confidential information may be requested and where disclosure of confidential information may be legally required.

When providing couple, family, or group treatment, the therapist does not provide access to records without a written authorization from each individual competent to execute a waiver. Marriage and family therapists are defined by an enduring dedication to professional and ethical excellence, as well as the commitment to service, advocacy, and public participation.

Marriage and family therapists embody these aspirations by participating in activities that contribute to a better community and society, including devoting a portion of their professional activity to services for which there is little or no financial return. If an AAMFT member resigns in anticipation of, or during fthics course of, an ethics investigation, the Ethics Committee will complete its investigation.

Any permission to use the codes must be sought from the individual organizations directly. Marriage and family if, when consulting with colleagues or referral sources, do not share confidential information that could reasonably lead to the identification of a client, research participant, supervisee, or other person with whom they have a confidential relationship unless they have obtained the prior written consent of the client, research participant, supervisee, or other person with whom they have a confidential relationship.

When providing couple, family or group treatment, the therapist does not disclose information outside the treatment context without a written authorization from each individual competent to execute a waiver. Etthics and family therapists also encourage public participation in the design and delivery of professional services and in the regulation of practitioners.

Clients and supervisees, whether contracting for services clde individuals, dyads, families, or groups, must be made aware of the risks and responsibilities associated with technology-assisted services. When persons, due to age or mental status, are legally incapable of giving informed consent, marriage and family therapists obtain informed permission from a legally authorized person, if such substitute consent is legally permissible.


Responsiveness and excellence in service to members. Marriage and family therapists store, safeguard, and dispose of client records in ways that maintain confidentiality and in accord with applicable laws and professional standards. These values are intended to provide an aspirational framework within which marriage and family therapists may pursue the highest goals of practice. This standard addresses basic ethical requirements of offering therapy, supervision, and related professional services using electronic means.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics | Ethics Codes Collection

If the mandates of an organization ov which a marriage and family therapist is affiliated, through employment, contract or otherwise, conflict with the AAMFT Code of Ethics, marriage and family therapists erhics known to the organization their commitment to the AAMFT Code of Ethics and take reasonable steps to resolve the conflict in a way that allows the fullest adherence to the Code of Ethics.

They also inform participants of the aspects of the research that might reasonably be expected to 20112 willingness to participate such as potential risks, discomforts, or adverse effects. Marriage and family therapists make certain that the qualifications of their employees and supervisees are represented in a manner that is true, accurate, and in accordance with applicable law.

Bartering for professional services may be conducted only if: When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, supervisors document the appropriate precautions taken.

Marriage and family therapists do not exploit the trust and dependency of students and supervisees. Additionally, marriage and family therapists must: Marriage and family therapists do not abuse their power in therapeutic relationships.