Ethics And Law For Marriage And Family Therapy

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Ethical and Legal Considerations in Therapy Tahani M. Abu-Khalaf MFT 630 - Ethics & Law for Marriage and Family Therapy September 6th, 2015 Ethical and Legal Considerations in Therapy Professional counselors have mandatory responsibilities to "protect the rights and to promote the welfare of his or her clients," and should "take all reasonable steps to avoid harm to their clients, maintain professional boundaries, maintain confidentiality, avoid [dual relationships] with clients, [etc.]" (Avasthi & Grover, n.d., pp. 149-150; Margolin, 1982, pp. 789). Each therapist has a professional role to decrease the patient 's symptoms, and assist in "[improving] their relationships, learn healthier coping skills, and so on" (Langford, 2015, para. 12). Therapists should consider their own "effectiveness, resilience, and ability to help clients," and must be "aware of the consequences of practicing in ways that are not sanctioned by [their] professional organization" (Avasthi & Grover, n.d., pp. 150; Corey, Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2014, pp. 3). Some professional associations (i.e., counseling, social work, psychiatry, psychology, marriage and family therapy, and human services) have established their own specific ethical principles in order to maintain an ethical and legal manner when counseling patients (Corey et al., 2014, pp. 5; Francis & Dugger, 2014). The primary purpose of the ethical codes are to protect the "welfare of clients
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