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Marriage and Family Therapist Ethics


1. AAMFT members have an obligation to be familiar with the AAMFT Code of Ethics and it's application to their professional services, and lack of awareness or misunderstanding of an ethical standard is not a defense to a charge of unethical conduct.

A. True

B. False

Principle I-Responsibility to Clients

2. Which of the following in NOT one of the general provisions of informed consent?

A. The client has the capacity to consent

B. The client has been adequately informed of potential risks and benefits of treatments for which generally recognized standards do not yet exist

C. The client must receive the mental health counselor's professional disclosure statement and client bill of rights prior to providing consent

D. The client has been adequately informed of significant information concerning treatment processes and procedures

3. Marriage and family therapists must obtain verbal or written informed consent from clients before videotaping, audio recording, or permitting third-party observation.

A. True

B. False

Principle II-Confidentiality

4. In the context of couple, family, or group treatment, the therapist may reveal an individual's confidences to others in the client unit if the therapist believes it will benefit the treatment outcome.

A. True

B. False

Principle III-Professional Competence and Integrity

5. Marriage and family therapists pursue knowledge of new developments and maintain their competence in marriage and family therapy through ____________, training, or supervised experience.

A. Research

B. Adequate preparation

C. Cultural awareness

D. Education

6. To avoid a conflict of interest, marriage and family therapists who treat minors or adults involved in custody or visitation actions may not also perform forensic evaluations for custody, residence, or visitation of the minor.

A. True

B. False

Principle IV-Responsibility to Students and Supervisees

7. Marriage and family therapists may provide therapy to current students or supervisees as long as they take appropriate precautions to maintain objectivity.

A. True

B. False

Principle V-Responsibility to Research Participants

8. Which of the following is an accurate statement about the responsibility to protect research participants?

A. Investigators respect each participant's freedom to decline participation or withdraw at any time

B. Investigators inform participants of the aspects of the research that might reasonably be expected to influence willingness to participate

C. Investigators are aware of applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards governing the conduct of research and protect the welfare of participants

D. All of the above

Principle VII-Financial Arrangements

9. Bartering for professional services may be conducted under each of the following circumstances EXCEPT:

A. If the therapist believes it is appropriate and requests it

B. The relationship is not exploitative

C. The professional relationship is not distorted

D. A clear written contract is established

Principle VIII-Advertising

10. Marriage and family therapists must accurately represent their competencies, education, training, and experience relevant to their practice of marriage and family therapy.

A. True

B. False

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