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The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers -- Professional Code of Ethics (2001)
[Answer 25 of 35 questions correctly to receive 3 hours of Continuing Education credit.]
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Ethical Principles -- The Philosophical Foundation

1. Definitions
1. In order for information gained in a Professional Relationship to be considered as confidential, it must be expressly requested by the client to be kept confidential.
a. True
b. False

2. Professional Conduct
2. If a member decides that his personal feelings about a client will interfere with the memberís professional judgment and objectivity, that member may make a proper referral to another professional.
a. True
b. False

3. Members will not engage in sexual harassment. The standard for determining whether harassment based on an individualís gender is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile, intimidating or offensive professional environment is whether a reasonable person in the circumstances of the complaining individual would so perceive it.
a. True
b. False

3. Payment for Services
4. Barter is an acceptable alternative to payment for services.
a. True
b. False

5. If a client does not pay for services as agreed, then the member may threaten to break confidentiality if the client does not pay.
a. True
b. False

4. Membersí Training and Expertise
6. Members must engage in Continuing Education on a regular basis.
a. True
b. False

7. Members must not offer treatment in an area of interest for which they have not yet been trained.
a. True
b. False

5. Personal Problems and Conflicts
8. Members should not limit nor suspend their work-related duties for the sake of their own personal problems.
a. True
b. False

6. Supervisory Relationships
9.
Supervision arrangements for trainees and research assistants shall be agreed upon in writing.
a. True
b. False

10.
Members shall not engage in sexual relationships with students, supervisees or others over whom the member has evaluative or direct authority. This would impair judgment or be exploitative.
a. True
b. False

7. Client Relationships
11. Members can give informed consent to clients either verbally or in writing.
a. True
b. False

12. Sexual intimacy with former clients is allowed after two years from termination of services.
a. True
b. False

8. Multiple Relationships
13.
A multiple relationship occurs whenever a member and a client have a relationship with one another in one context (e.g., social or business relationships) that conflicts with and/or compromises the primary professional relationship. The main reason why multiple relationships should be avoided is because they may impair professional judgment and pose a significant risk for client exploitation.
a. True
b. False

9. Confidentiality
14. W
hen an individual under the memberís supervision is providing services to the Client, the Client should be informed of the name of the member who is responsible for providing supervision.
a. True
b. False

15. Except in the case of mandatory reporting, a member must obtain written permission from a client before divulging any information to someone outside the member's staff.
a. True
b. False

16. Written permission to break confidentiality is NOT required in the event the client presents a clear and imminent danger to himself or to others.
a. True
b. False

17. A member may use audio tape recorded sessions of a client for training purposes, workshops, or research studies, without written consent from the client.
a. True
b. False


10. Professional Relationships

18. It is acceptable for a member to knowingly begin helping a client who is in treatment with another professional without consulting with the other professional.
a. True
b. False

19. A member can accept a small, reasonable fee for referrals to other professionals.
a. True
b. False

11. Research and Publications
20. Publication credit can be taken entirely by a member since it is his or her name that is supporting the project.
a. True
b. False

12. Public Information and Advertising
21. If a member is receiving supervision, the member's professional advertisements must state this.
a. True
b. False

RULES AND PROCEDURES

1. Definitions
2. Purpose and responsibility of the ethics committee
3. Procedural steps involved in filing an ethical complaint and investigation by the committee

22. A complaint that is filed against a member alleging violations of the Code of Ethics must be made within one year of the occurrence of the alleged violation.
a. True
b. False

23. After the member has received written notification of the complaint by the Committee Chair, the member must reply within 21 days of receiving this notification.
a. True
b. False

24. It is possible that a member's written response to an alleged ethics violation could result in the Committee's decision to dismiss the complaint without further action.
a. True
b. False

25. If the Board finds that the member violated the Code of Ethics, the member's name, circumstances of the violation, and the corrective action taken will be published in the next scheduled issue of the ATSA newsletter.
a. True
b. False

4. Confidentiality

26. Because of confidentiality, the Board may never release details of a proven ethics violations except to the member.
a. True
b. False

5. Records

27. Records of ethics violations by members shall be kept at the main ATSA office for ___ years.
a. three
b. five
c. seven
d. ten

6. Recommendation Development

28. The Committee may not suspend a member during an ongoing investigation of an alleged ethics violation. Only if the member is found guilty can the Committee suspend the member's privileges.
a. True
b. False

7. Types of Recommendations for Sanctions, Corrective Actions and Directives

29. Which was NOT listed as a recommended corrective action for a member proven to have violated ethics?
a. A cease and desist order
b. Evaluation for possible treatment
c. A written apology from the member to the victim.
d. Termination

8. Membership
30. The Committee cannot deny an application for membership if it lists an ethics violation that was more than 5 years ago.
a. True
b. False

9. Procedures for Commencing an Investigation on the Committee's Own Motion
31. Multiple complaints against a member may indicate a pattern of ethically questionable behavior.
a. True
b. False

10. General Considerations

32. Complaints cannot be made by telephone, only in written form.
a. True
b. False

11. Special Advocate
33. A special advocate is someone who speaks on behalf of the member accused of an ethics violation.
a. True
b. False

12. Evaluation of Complaints
34. The Committee may recommend that a Complaint be filed against a Complainant if the Committee determines that the initial Complaint is capricious or intended primarily to harm the member rather than to uphold professional standards.
a. True
b. False

13. Legal Representation

35. When the accused member stands before the Committee or the Board during the ATSA investigation procedures, the ATSA requires the member to have an attorney present.
a. True
b. False