FT502: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN FAMILY PRACTICE. Gloria J. Gabler, PhD
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the relevant ethical and legal issues associated with professional work with families. Students will review the central role of ethical decision-making to professional life and practice, and explore the practical application of ethical principles to a variety of moral dilemmas facing the marriage and family therapist or family life educator. The course emphasizes the ways in which professional codes and state laws regulate or impact the practice of marital and family therapy.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. To introduce student to a virtue approach to professional ethics and legal issues.
2. To inform students of common ethical dilemmas faced by Marriage and Family Therapists.
3. To instruct students in laws and regulations guiding the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of Arizona.
4. To review the ethical standards of the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy.
5. To review practical strategies that will support ethical practice of Marriage and Family Therapy.
RELATIONSHIP TO SCHOOL AND SEMINARY LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. Graduates will develop the clinical and ethical competence commensurate with the expectations of post-graduate MFT internship placement.
2. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and attitudes necessary to serve effectively in diverse communities locally and globally.
3. Graduates will be prepared to serve underserved populations and to integrate in their practice and personal lives the disciplines of compassion and charity.
4. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify critical issues of diversity and make appropriate responses.
5. Graduates will be able to pursue careers consistent with their education.
This 4 unit course will meet on Wednesdays. Classes will include lecture and discussion.
Attendance is required.
Doherty, W. J. (1995). Soul searching: Why psychotherapy must promote moral responsibility. New York: Basic Books. ISBN-10: 046500945X, $20.00
Nouwen, H. J. M. (1979). The wounded healer. Image books. ISBN-10: 0385148038, $12.00
Wilcoxon, S. A., Remley, T. P, Gladding, S. T., & Huber, C. H. (2007). Ethical, legal, and professional issues in the practice of marriage and family therapy, 4th edition. New Jersey: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall., ISBN-10: 0131120344, $44.00
Three response papers and a final exam.
Admission to MFT program or permission of instructor.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM:
1. Core requirement for MSMFT.
2. Meets AAMFT Core Competency domains 1.3.4, 1.3.5, 1.3.8, 1.4.1, 1.5.1-3, 5.1.1-4, 6.1.1-3.