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The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists -- Code of Ethics (2011)
[Answer 32 of 45 questions correctly to receive
3 hours of continuing education credit.]
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Part I -- The Standards
1. Responsibility to Patients

(1.1) Non-Discrimination

1. Marriage and family therapists must make reasonable efforts to accommodate patients who have physical disabilities.
a. True
b. False

(1.2) Dual Relationships-Definition

2. A dual relationship occurs when a therapist and his/her patient engage in a separate and distinct relationship either simultaneously with the therapeutic relationship, or during a reasonable time following termination of the therapeutic relationship. All dual relationships are unethical.
a. True
b. False

(1.2.3) Prior Sexual Relationship

3. A marriage and family therapist cannot counsel an immediate family member of a person with whom the therapist has had a sexual relationship.

a. True
b. False


(1.3.1) Termination
4. If a patient is not benefiting from treatment, it is appropriate to terminate the therapeutic relationship.
a. True
b. False

(1.4.2) Electronic Therapy

5. When offering therapy by telephone or Internet, marriage and family therapists must comply with the informed consent requirements of the California Telemedicine Act.
a. True
b. False

(1.5.4) Consent for Recording/Observation
6. Marriage and family therapists can obtain verbal permission from patients in order to videotape their sessions fro training purposes.
a. True
b. False

(1.7) Patient Benefit
7. If a marriage and family therapist concludes that a patient is no longer benefiting from therapy, the therapist is not obligated to terminate counseling if the patient wants to continue.
a. True
b. False

(1.10) Withholding Records/Non-Payment
8. A marriage and family therapist who has not been paid for prior professional services can withhold patient records and information.
a. True
b. False

(1.12) Advocate with Third Party Payers

9. If a managed care company denies care or payment for care, a marriage and family therapist can challenge this denial.
a. True
b. False

(1.15) Documentation Treatment Decisions
10. If a marriage and family therapist learns from a patient of possible child abuse, the therapist must write down what he or she decided to do about this.
a. True
b. False

2. Confidentiality
(2.1) Disclosures of Confidential Information
11. Permission to disclose patient information can be verbal or written.
a. True
b. False

(2.6) Use of Clinical Materials -- Confidentiality
12. Marriage and family therapists can use clinical materials in teaching, writing, and public presentations only if a written authorization has been previously obtained.
a. True
b. False

3. Professional Competence and Integrity
(3.1) Conviction of Crime
13. Marriage and family therapists who are impaired by a drinking problem can still practice therapy.
a. True
b. False

(3.4) Professional Assistance
14. Marriage and family therapists should seek appropriate professional assistance for their personal problems.
a. True
b. False

(3.5) Staying Current
15. Marriage and family therapists must remain knowledgeable about developments in their field.
a. True
b. False

(3.10) Patient Seeing Two Therapists
16. A marriage and family therapist may treat a new client who is receiving therapy elsewhere without agreement from the other therapist.
a. True
b. False

4. Supervisor, Student, and Supervisee Responsibilities
(4.1) Dual Relationships

17. It is forbidden for a supervisor to have sexual contact with a supervisee.
a. True
b. False

18. It is not unethical for a therapist to borrow money from a supervisee.
a. True
b. False


(4.11) Dismissal

19. Supervisors must document their dismissal of supervisees.
a. True
b. False

5. Responsibility to Colleagues

(5.4) Soliciting Other Therapists' Patients

20. A marriage and family therapist may begin seeing a new client if that client is currently seeing another marriage and family therapist who is considered incompetent by the first therapist.
a. True
b. False

6. Responsibility to Research Participants
(6.3) Dual Relationships with Research Participants

21. Research participants cannot withdraw from research studies before they are completed.
a. True
b. False

7. Responsibility to the Profession
(7.3) Authors -- Citing Others

22. A marriage and family therapist who writes a book and who cites an original idea from another person does not need to mention the source of this idea if the person is relatively unknown.
a. True
b. False

(7.5) Pro Bono Services

23. Occasionally a marriage and family therapist should not charge a fee.
a. True
b. False

8. Responsibility to the Legal System
(8.4) Dual Roles

24. It is preferable for several marriage and family therapists to provide treatment and evaluations for the same client in child custody proceedings.
a. True
b. False

(8.6) Minors and Privilege
25. Marriage and family therapists do not have to immediately release information on behalf of minor clients.
a. True
b. False

9. Financial Arrangements
(9.4) Collecting on Unpaid Balances
26. Marriage and family therapists can threaten to disclose confidential information about clients who refuse to pay their unpaid balances.
a. True
b. False

(9.6) Third-Party Payers

27. Marriage and family therapists may charge insurance companies for clients who miss appointments.
a. True
b. False

10. Advertising
(10.3) Fictitious/Other Names
28. Marriage and family therapists may not advertise themselves as being partners or associates of a firm if they are not.
a. True
b. False

(10.6) Solicitation of Testimonials
29. Because most marriage and family therapists must grow their practice by word-of-mouth, they are free to solicit testimonials from their patients.
a. True
b. False

(10.11) Use of CAMFT Logo

30. Marriage and family therapists may use the CAMFT logo only after receiving permission in writing from the CAMFT association.
a. True
b. False

Part II -- The Procedures
1. Scope of Authority of the Ethics Committee

31. A two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Directors of the Ethics Committee who are present at the hearing is necessary in order to expel or suspend a member.
a. True
b. False

32. A member accused of an ethics violation must make a defense orally in person before the Ethics Committee.
a. True
b. False

2. Membership and Meetings of the Committee

33. The Ethics Committee must have 5, 6, or 7 members.
a. True
b. False

3. Initiation of Complaints

34. Complaints against members may be made in written or oral form.
a. True
b. False

35. Anonymous complaints are acceptable.
a. True
b. False

4. Initial Action by Executive Director
36. The Executive Director does not have authority to proceed with complaints against non-members.
a. True
b. False

5. Preliminary Determination by Chair of Ethics Committee with the Advice of Legal Counsel

37. The Chair of the Ethics Committee, with the advice of Legal Counsel, may close an ethics investigation if the complainant refuses to sign a waiver of confidentiality.
a. True
b. False

6. Investigation by Ethics Committee

38. During the investigation stage of the proceedings, the member shall have the right to consult with an attorney and shall have the right to have an attorney present at any investigatory meeting with the member.
a. True
b. False

7. Action by the Ethics Committee

39. One of the possible outcomes of Settlement by Mutual Agreement is to have the member who violated ethics to cease and desist from specified violations and to complete education or therapy or both.
a. True
b. False

40. A member accused of an ethics violation can claim that the Ethics Committee did not send their findings to the member's current address, therefore making such notifications null and void.
a. True
b. False

8. Procedures for Hearings Before Board of Directors

41. The Board of Directors may designate a hearing officer to preside at the hearing, which is a paid position.
a. True
b. False

42. The member is entitled to be represented by legal counsel, the cost of which is paid for by the Ethics Committee.
a. True
b. False

43. The charged member has the right to examine and cross-examine witnesses against said member.
a. True
b. False

9. Resignations and Non-renewals

44. If a member resigns from membership in the Association during an investigation of the complaint, the investigation is immediately terminated.
a. True
b. False

10. Records and Disclosure of Information

45. The Board of Directors may not publish a member's expulsion or suspension because of a violation of ethics. They must keep this confidential.
a. True
b. False