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Legal and Ethics Consultations

AAMFT’s legal and ethics staff is available for consultations on legal and ethics issues related to your practice.

Legal and Ethics Fact Sheets

AAMFT provides a wide variety of fact sheets related to the practice of health care and service delivery.

Tips for an Ethical Practice

AAMFT offers these tips for maintaining an ethical practice. 

AAMFT Annual Conference

AAMFT Annual Conference The 2015 AAMFT Annual Conference will be held September 3 - 6 in Austin, Texas.

Continuing Education

Online Continuing EducationThe AAMFT is pleased to offer Continuing Education credits in the comfort of your home or office. Our Online CE Testing Center is an easy-to-navigate Web site offering over 80 credits via various online formats.



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Code of Ethics

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. 

Side-by-Side Comparison of 2012 and 2015 Codes

A side-by-side comparison of the 2012 AAMFT Code of Ethics and the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics was created to clearly depict the changes to the Code.

Ethics Complaint Process

The AAMFT Ethics Committee has the ability to investigate complaints against AAMFT members for alleged violations of the AAMFT Code of Ethics.

Legal and Ethics Consultations

Your membership in AAMFT allows you access to various member benefits, including consultations with AAMFT's legal and ethics staff. All members of AAMFT are eligible to receive Ethical Advisory Opinions. Members in in the following AAMFT membership categories are eligible for Legal Consultations: Associate, Member, Pre-Clinical Fellow, and Clinical Fellow. 

Legal and Ethics Fact Sheets

The AAMFT has developed a series of fact sheets concerning the legal and ethics issues that most frequently arise in a therapist’s practice.  Each article provides general information on an important topic.

Tips for Maintaining an Ethical Practice

In 1962, the AAMFT adopted the Association's first Code of Ethics. Since that time, the AAMFT Ethics Committee has investigated many ethics complaints. During these investigations, the Committee and AAMFT's legal and ethics staff have observed common practice pitfalls. With that in mind, AAMFT offers these tips for maintaining an ethical practice.