Ethical and Legal Issues
in Family Therapy
Samuel T. Gladding
1. Ethics and morality are basically the same, 2. Ethical ami legal opinions are usually in agreement, 3. Prior to 1962. there was not an ethical code for the practice of marriage and family therapy 4. Codes of ethics protect family practitioners from the public and help increase public trust in the integrity of the profession of marital and family therapy. 5. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of professional ethics in marriage and family therapy. 6. Autonomy is the ethical principle that all human beings have the right to make decisions and act on them in an independent fashion. 7. The gender of a family therapist ami those within a family does not play a role in what issues are addressed in therapy and how they are addressed. 8. The right of privileged communication rests with the client not the therapist. 9. Your primary responsibility as a family therapist is to your client family. 10. The law is cut and dried, as well as clear and precise, when it comes to matit dealing with family therapy. 11. There is no general body of law covering the helping professions such as marriage and family therapy. 12. If family therapists act in good faith, they are not likely to be found responsible for a client family s lack ofpivgress or a mistake in judgment. 13. If you are careful in working with families, von do not have to worry about ever being sued.
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Publication information: Book title: Family Therapy Review: Preparing for Comprehensive and Licensing Examinations. Contributors: Robert H. Coombs - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 2005. Page number: 531.
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