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Course Description

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Take an in-depth exploration of ethics in couple and family therapy. Study and practice applying both the Canadian Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) codes of ethics. 

This interactive course uses a variety of teaching and learning processes to effectively translate theory into practice for contemporary family therapists. You should anticipate that some discussions and interactive methods will require reflection on personal experience.

This course is designed for counsellors, therapists, social workers, mental health workers, and pastoral care/faith-based and other practitioners seeking to build or enhance their practical skills and theoretical foundation in couple and family therapy, as well as those exploring therapy as a career.

This course is typically recognized by CAMFT and AAMFT as a professional ethics course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discern the ethics of risk management from the ethics of professional integrity, relational care and virtue
  • Identify and articulate ethical dilemmas that can emerge in the professional practice of couple and family therapy
  • Apply ethical decision-making processes to work with individuals, couples and families, and in collegial relationships in diverse settings
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and address issues of power, privilege and marginalization as these relate to interconnected dimensions of social location (ethnicity, race, class, ability, gender, age, etc.)
  • Recognize and identify how personal values influence professional conduct
  • Communicate a working knowledge of both the Canadian and American Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy’s (CAMFT and AAMFT) codes of ethics and what makes them unique
  • Access and apply information related to relevant legislation, as well as the legal responsibilities involved in clinical practice

Course Topics

  • The complex nature of decision making in systemic therapy
  • Theories, principles, and frameworks for ethical decision-making
  • Informed consent, privacy, confidentiality, and secrets
  • Risk of harm to self and others
  • The self of the therapist in ethical practice including therapist values
  • Contemporary issues: technology and online delivery of therapy
  • The ethics and politics of record-keeping

Additional Requirements

  • As well as scheduled instruction time, you can expect to spend approximately five to ten hours per week on course readings, activities, and/or assignments.
  • Course assignments are completed up to four weeks following the final day of the course.


Assessment Item Weight
Participation  20%
Ethics Tests 40%
Risk Assessment Documentation 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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