PCN-521 Topic 1: Code of Ethics Worksheet
Directions:Navigate to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy site and review the Code of Ethics. Select one subsection from standards 1, 2, and 3. Add the subsection number (i.e., 1.1, 2.3) and the subsection text below. Review the subsection and complete the rest of the worksheet. Refer to your course textbook and supplemental readings for assistance as needed.
Issues that would arise under sub-standard
How the issue will be addressed
Ethical Factors to Consider
Standard One (example)
Marriage and family therapists 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.
A Christian therapist whose personal beliefs do not support alternative lifestyles is assigned to work with a gay couple. One member of the couple is in male to female transition.
The therapist would seek supervision and consultation in regards to how to support the goals of their clients without imposition of their personal beliefs.
Discrimination: The therapist cannot refer out simply because they are uncomfortable or do not agree with a client’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status.
Code of Ethics. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/Content/legal_et
Read “Topic 1: Vargas Case Study” and imagine that you are going to conduct a first interview with this family. Write a 700-1,050-word paper that addresses the following:
- Discuss how you would build alliance with this family.
- Develop some hypothesis about the family patterns that you believe are maintaining the problem.
- Conclude by outlining your expectations for each phase of treatment (rapport building, assessment and intervention, and closure).
While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
Bob and Elizabeth Vargas have been married for 10 years. They have two children, Frank (8) and Heidi (6). Bob teaches high school PE and coaches football, wrestling, and baseball. Elizabeth recently quit her job where she was an attorney in a law firm that specializes in Family Law. She enjoyed her work, had a passion for adoption cases, but decided to stay home for a few years while the kids were young. Elizabeth believes that Frank might have ADHD. She complains that he cannot sit still, does not listen, is forgetful, and is always getting hurt. She believes that much of these injuries are due to Frank’s impulsivity. Elizabeth suggests you talk to Frank’s teachers who have noticed that he has trouble waiting his turn, will often blurt out answers without raising his hand, and frequently loses things. Elizabeth acknowledges that Frank has always been an active child, but believes these behaviors, including picking on his little sister, are getting worse. Bob seems to be amused by these anecdotes and accuses Elizabeth of “overreacting,” stating that, “Boys will be boys.” Bob suggests you talk to his parents, both retired teachers, who agree with him and don’t think there’s anything wrong with Frankie. You notice Heidi sitting close to Elizabeth, playing on her mother’s cell phone. She glances up occasionally when her brother approaches, but is otherwise engrossed with the game. Frankie began the meeting sitting between his parents, but noticed Legos in the corner and was immediately attracted to them. He interrupts several times to share stories about his teacher, classmates, and his grandparents, despite numerous reprimands from his mother. After a few minutes, Frank asks to use his Dad’s phone (in a hurry, Bob had left it in the car), wanders around the office, looks out the window and comments on a squirrel, then grabs the phone from his sister who, of course, protests. After Elizabeth had quieted the commotion, you question any recent changes. Bob and Elizabeth both acknowledge an increase in marital tension and admit to having several arguments a week, some in front of the children. Bob blames Elizabeth for being “too high-strung” and says she just needs to relax. Elizabeth says she is unable to relax, fearing Frankie will end up damaging things or hurting himself or Heidi. She says that if Frankie would be able to control his behaviors, their marriage would improve dramatically. This, they report, is the reason for seeking therapy for Frankie.