AAMFT Marriage and Family Therapists Code of Ethics
(From the AAMFT website)
AAMFT- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist- Marriage and family therapists advance the welfare of families and individuals and make reasonable efforts to find the appropriate balance between conflicting goals within the family system. They provide professional assistance to persons without discrimination on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, health status, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status. It is required to obtain appropriate informed consent to therapy or related procedures and use language that is reasonably understandable to clients. They have to be aware of their influential positions with respect to clients, and they avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of such persons. Continuing therapeutic relationships for only so long as it is reasonably clear that clients are benefiting from the relationship. They are not to abandon or neglect clients in treatment without making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of treatment. The AAMFT strives to honor the public trust in marriage and family therapists by setting standards for ethical practice as described in this Code. The ethical standards define professional expectations and are enforced by the AAMFT Ethics Committee.
It is important to note that each marriage and family therapist state licensing board has it’s own code of ethics. AAMFT is relevant for retaining a credential and may be less relevant for retaining your license.