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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

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

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Ethics and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Friday
Time
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Dates
January 14, 2022
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
9:00AM to 4:15PM
Dates
January 15, 2022
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Friday
Time
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Dates
January 21, 2022
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
9:00AM to 4:15PM
Dates
January 22, 2022
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Friday
Time
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Dates
January 28, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
36.0
Location
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
Section Notes

Early bird registration ends 30 days prior to the course start date.

Course registration closes Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Remote Delivery Orientation (Zoom & CourseLink): Wednesday, January 12, 2021, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET.  The session is highly recommended for those who have not yet participated in an orientation for a course in this program.

If, due to extenuating circumstances, one or more class needs to be rescheduled, class will be held on the Saturday, January 29, 2022 and/or Sunday, January 30, 2022 (or portion thereof). 


This course is delivered remotely in real time (online synchronous).

  • As well as the CourseLink learning management system, this course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. Please download a free version of Zoom.
  • Remote Delivery Orientation (CourseLink & Zoom): Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET. The orientation is strongly recommended for those who have not yet participated in an orientation for a course in this program.

System Requirements:

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE).
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth.
  3. A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in.

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