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MFT Ethics in California

1. Ethical standards cover the following except: 

A. Responsibilities to clients

B. Confidentiality

C. Professional Integrity

D. Cultural competency


2. _____ are unethical, exploitive and harmful to the client.

A. Boundary Crossing

B. Boundary Violation

C. Social Justice

D. Conflicts of Interest


3. Maintaining professional boundaries is the responsibility of:

A. The Client

B. The MFT

C. The Parent

D. The Agency Administration


4. Marriage and Family Therapists should

A. Follow their clients on social media to hold them accountable.

B. Have therapeutic conversations through social media private message.

C. Be aware that personal affiliations may increase the likelihood that clients may discover the MFT's presence online.

D. Assist clients with job search through LinkedIn promotion.


5. The following are all examples of dual relationships EXCEPT:

A. Social Dual Relationship

B. Professional Dual Relationship

C. Institutional Dual Relationship

D. Cultural Dual Relationship


6. Part of informed consent involves assessing clients

A. Capacity to give consent

B. ability to pay for treatment

C. capability to commit to therapy

D. risk of harm to self or others.


7. Risks of texting with a client may include:

A. Client Empowerment

B. Threats to privacy and confidentiality

C. Improved accessibility

D. Strengthening therapeutic alliance


8. If a client threatens to kill someone, a marriage and family therapist is no longer bound to confidentiality because:

A. Threats are criminal and should be reported to the police

B. The client is in need of documentation to be admitted to hospital.

C. Disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable, and imminent harm to another

D. The informed consent for said so.


9. Marriage and Family Therapists should provide services

A. To anyone who asks for them

B. To anyone who can pay for them

C. Only within the competencies of their education and training

D. To clients who are assigned to them by their supervisor.


10. You see another MFT at your agency of employment acting unethically you need to intervene because you have a responsibility

A. clients

B. To AAMFT

C. To practice setting

D. To broader community


11. Diversity includes all the below EXCEPT

A. Race & Ethnicity

B. Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

C. Religious & Spiritual Beliefs

D. Self Reflection & Cultural Humility


12. Which of the following situations is not an example of a boundary violation?

A. Jenny is especially fond of her client and her progress so gifts her with crystal glassware for her engagement

B. Paul shakes hands and briefly converses with his client after he introduces his wife to Paul at the grocery store

C. Caitlin is hesitant to refer her client to another case manager because “I don’t think someone else will get him as I do.”

D. Rose accepts an expensive food basket from her grateful client because she is afraid the client will not understand and stop coming to appointments


13. Finish the sentence. Ethical standards...

A. Cannot Guarantee ethical behavior

B. Can improve mftcompetence

C. Can improve documentation

D. Cannot increase social media usage


14. While some dual relationships are unavoidable, the code of ethics is clear this one is avoidable and unethical

A. Business Dual Relationship

B. SocialDual Relationship

C. Internet Dual Relationship

D. Sexual Relationship


15. Being able to give informed consent includes all except

A. has the capacity to consent

B. has been adequately informed of potential risks and benefits of treatments

C. has paid their insurance copay

D. has freely and without undue influence expressed consent


16. AAMFT core competencies of professionalism include all except

A. Keeping social media settings private

B. Utilize consultation and supervision effectively.

C. Write plans and complete other case documentation

D. Monitor personal reactions to clients and treatment process


17. Telehealth consent forms should address the following risks except

A. the risk of being overheard if location is not private

B. the risk of miscommunication between therapist and client

C. the risk of technical failures interupting session

D. the risk of becoming friends with therapist


18. To be able to initiate an ethical complaint with AAMFT one must

A. have a AAMFT membership

B. personal knowledge of the alleged behavior

C. have a vendetta against another MFT

D. know the chair of the ethics committee


19. AAMFT created competencies to:

A. confuse and overwhelm MFT's

B. create a checklist for treatment planning

C. improving the quality of mental health services

D. create a checklist for college & university programs


20. Regarding financial arrangements MFT's should disclose all except

A. fee for cancelation

B. the use of collection agencies

C. when/how copays are collected

D. that they withhold records until payment is made


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