Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
In order to study ethics in marriage and family therapy, we do not stray from family systems theory (see Chapter 2 ). Our understanding of therapeutic situations must look at the whole situation, as well as the parts and stakeholders in each situation. Meanings and values are part and parcel of ethical clinical practice and lead us toward our vision of what healing should look like in family therapy. In this chapter, we will focus on how ethics and legal issues affect the practice and profession of marriage and family therapy. As you learn about ethics, you will begin to understand about the pieces of ethical decision making, but also the whole of how these decisions can affect clinical work.