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MFT Ethics (California)


1. Ethical behavior for marriage and family therapists must satisfy not only the judgment of the individual therapist, but also the judgment of his/her peers, based upon a set of recognized norms.

A. True

B. False

Responsibility to Patients-Dual Relationships

2. A dual relationship occurs when a therapist and his/her patient engage in a separate and distinct relationship either simultaneously with the therapeutic relationship, or during a reasonable period of time following the termination of the therapeutic relationship, and all dual relationships are unethical.

A. True

B. False

Electronic Therapy

3. When therapy occurs by electronic means, marriage and family therapists inform patients of the potential risks, ____________, and benefits, including but not limited to, issues of confidentiality, clinical limitations, transmission difficulties, and ability to respond to emergencies.

A. Outcomes

B. Effects

C. Advantages

D. Consequences

Confidentiality-Disclosures of Confidential Information

4. Marriage and family therapists must disclose patient confidences under each of the following circumstances EXCEPT:

A. As mandated or permitted by law

B. When a Professional Association or Ethics Committee requests such information

C. When the marriage and family therapist is a defendant in a civil, criminal, or disciplinary action arising from the therapy

D. If there is an authorization previously obtained in writing, and then such information may only be revealed in accordance with the terms of the authorization

Professional Competence and Integrity

5. Marriage and family therapists do not generally provide professional services to a person receiving treatment or therapy from another psychotherapist, except by agreement with such other psychotherapist.

A. True

B. False

Maintaining Skills of Supervisors

6. Marriage and family therapists who act as supervisors are responsible for maintaining the quality of their supervision skills and:

A. Taking reasonable steps to prevent the distortion or misuse of their supervisory relationships

B. Ensuring the competence of their supervisory work through continued education and training

C. Obtaining consultation or supervision for their work as supervisors whenever appropriate

D. None of the above

Performance Appraisals

7. Ethical standards dictate that supervisors and educators provide supervisees with monthly performance appraisals and evaluative feedback in order to identify and address the limitations of supervisees and students that might impede their performance.

A. True

B. False

Responsibility to Colleagues

8. Marriage and family therapists are required to file an ethics complaint when a colleague is impaired due to substance abuse, emotional problems, or mental illness.

A. True

B. False

Responsibility to Research Participants

9. Researchers are especially sensitive to the possibility of diminished consent when participants are also receiving clinical services, have impairments which limit understanding and/or communication, or when participants are children.

A. True

B. False

10. Marriage and family therapists, regardless of their role in a legal proceeding, remain _________ and do not compromise their professional judgment or integrity.

A. Impartial

B. Nonjudgmental

C. Neutral

D. Objective


11. Which of the following is NOT one of the conditions in which a professional statement is considered false, fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive?

A. If it contains a material misrepresentation of fact

B. If it fails to state any material fact necessary to make the statement

C. If it is intended to or is likely to create an unjustified expectation

D. If it fails to represent the specialization, education, and training of the professional

Solicitation of Testimonials

12. Marriage and family therapists may only solicit testimonials from patients after the professional relationship has been terminated and with written permission from their former patients.

A. True

B. False

Part 2-Scope of Authority of the Ethics Committee

13. Except as otherwise provided in the Bylaws, membership in CAMFT shall be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors who may refer an application for membership to the Ethics Committee when it has reasonable cause to believe that the applicant may have violated the CAMFT Code of Ethics.

A. True

B. False

Initiation of Complaints

14. The Ethics Committee shall recognize and accept written complaints received from members of the Association or non-members, but will not recognize or accept anonymous complaints.

A. True

B. False

Preliminary Determination by Chair of Ethics Committee with the Advice of Legal Counsel

15. Which of the following is an accurate statement about confidentiality and disclosure when a complaint has been referred to the ethics committee?

A. The Ethics Chair shall request the complainant’s permission to disclose his/her name and/or to use any evidence provided by the complainant, for the purpose of the investigation

B. The Chair or his or her designee shall request that the complainant agree, in writing, to waive his/her rights of confidentiality and/or psychotherapist/patient privilege in order to permit the Ethics Committee to obtain information

C. If the complainant refuses permission for the use of his/her name in the investigation, the Chair of the Ethics Committee, with the advice of Legal Counsel, may close the matter and notify the complainant in writing or refer the matter to the full Ethics Committee for its action

D. All of the above

Investigation by Ethics Committee

16. When investigating a complaint, the CAMFT member and other persons involved in the dispute must be interviewed in person by a member of the Ethics Committee.

A. True

B. False

Action by the Ethics Committee

17. If a hearing is not requested by a member within _______ from mailing of notification of the final proposed action, then the Committee’s final proposed action shall be adopted, and the Ethics Committee Chair shall thereafter forward the final determination to the Executive Director for such further action as may be appropriate.

A. 30 days

B. 40 days

C. 60 days

D. 90 days

Procedures for Hearings Before Board of Directors

18. All parties involved in a disciplinary hearing shall exchange lists of witnesses expected to testify and copies of all documents expected to be introduced at the hearing at least 45 days before the hearing.

A. True

B. False

19. The decision of the Board shall be by majority vote of the Board of Directors present; however, pursuant to the Bylaws, if the decision is to expel or suspend, a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors present is required.

A. True

B. False

Records and Disclosure of Information

20. Each of the following is a correct statement about the disclosure of information EXCEPT:

A. Information may be disclosed by those investigating the complaint, or the investigating subcommittee or designee, as is necessary in order to pursue a thorough investigation

B. The Ethics Committee may, in its discretion, authorize the Executive Director to publicize summaries of Settlements by Mutual Agreement without disclosing the name of the complainant or the charged member

C. Whenever the Board of Directors finds, after a hearing, that a member has not violated the CAMFT Code of Ethics, that fact must be immediately disclosed to the membership of the Association by publication in The Therapist.

D. The complainant may be informed of the status and progress of the complaint and shall be notified of the conclusion of the case

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