AAMFT Code Of Ethics Case Study

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Many counselors enter into the profession because they are interested in helping individuals and have the desire to enhance human development. Though counselors are guided in culture from their own values and beliefs they have about living, ethics supersedes morality. Ethics are rooted in philosophy and are created by professional associations in order to govern those members of the profession. In the field of counseling there are two individual agencies, American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), that both have several similarities and differences within each specific codes of ethics. American Counseling Association and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy …show more content…

ACA Section C on professional responsibility informs counselors that their mission should be to promote changes in their clients’ lives, to in all improve their quality of life. However, through each process a counselor should not harm a client more than they were in the beginning. AAMFT does not speak on the duty of not harming the clients specifically. The AAMFT code of ethics Standard I Responsibility to clients does include sections on sexual intimacy with current or former clients, abuse of therapeutic relationships, and how it is prohibited, similarly to ACA section A.5.a. – A.5.c. AAMFT (2015 1.9) states that Marriage and family therapist continue therapeutic relationships only so long as it is reasonably clear that clients are benefiting from the relationship. The process of counseling involves intervening, reaching goals, or making changes, if a counselor is no longer fostering a positive and healthy relationship with the client then the relationship should be ended. f the counselor is no longer motivating their client or there is a lack initiative a counselor may refer their client to another appropriate therapeutic service. Comparably ACA and AAMFT both have an obligation to not abandon or neglect their clients. AAMFT 1.11 and ACA (2015 A.12) both states that counselors assist in making appropriate arrangements for the continuation of treatment for those …show more content…

A promise of confidentiality assures clients that information revealed during counseling will not be shared with others without permission. An individual has the right to choose the time, circumstances, and extent, to which he or she wishes to share or withhold information. Marriage and family therapist have different confidentiality aspects from other counseling areas. Marriage and family therapist mostly have more than one client in a therapeutic relationship, there are different limitations for each individual client. AAMFT Standard II (2015 2.2) states 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. Conclusively, counselors may be counseling a couple, group, or family for treatment, each client has their own rights to privacy protection and confidentiality. All counselors must follow specific guidelines when in regards to disclosing information that has potential harm to the client or identified others. If court ordered or third party payers have requested information it is the counselors job to obtain written consent from the client to release information about that

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