Earn 2 CE’s per event, the entire series including 10 CEU's for Law & Ethics Requirement. (6 for 2021 & 4 for 2022)

Starting this year, 2021, WAMFT's Ethics & Training Committee will host a spring event to provide opportunities for our MFT community to engage around topics of ethics.

AAMFT's Aspirational Core Values

The following core values speak generally to the membership of AAMFT as a professional association, yet they also inform all the varieties of practice and service in which marriage and family therapists engage. These core values are aspirational in nature, and are distinct from ethical standards. These values are intended to provide an aspirational framework within which marriage and family therapists may pursue the highest goals of practice.
The core values of AAMFT embody:


  1. Acceptance, appreciation, and inclusion of a diverse membership.

  2. Distinctiveness and excellence in training of marriage and family therapists and those desiring to advance their skills, knowledge and expertise in systemic and relational therapies.

  3. Responsiveness and excellence in service to members.

  4. Diversity, equity and excellence in clinical practice, research, education and administration.

  5. Integrity evidenced by a high threshold of ethical and honest behavior within Association governance and by members.

  6. Innovation and the advancement of knowledge of systemic and relational therapies.

Learn more about AAMFT's Code of Ethics, Values, & Standards, here

2021 Agenda

The registration fee is individual events for members $30 and non-members $40 that includes 2 CEU's. Students are free!  If an attendee participates in all 5 there is a discount for members $125 and non-members $150 for the entire series including 10 CEU's for Law & Ethics Requirement. (6 for 2021 & 4 for 2022). 


4/2/21 Ethics with Anti Racism & Oppression by Bethany Tubbs,  LMFT Certified Level One Practitioner, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Certified Play Therapist


Join us for a presentation and conversation about the need for practicing in ways that promote the ongoing, intentional dismantling of racism and oppression within our profession. We will provide information and resources to support a greater understanding of the legal and ethical considerations that support the centering of the voices and experiences of BIPOC clients and colleagues.


Learning objectives: 



4/9/21 Ethics of Attraction by Bethany Suppes, PhD, LMFT - Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy & Clinical Director Whitworth University


This presentation focuses on the human experience of sexual attraction...between a therapist and client.  Today we will identify therapeutic legal standards associated with sex; personal integrity considerations of the therapist; early behavioral indicators of attraction, either toward or from a client; and explore the therapist's ethical options of how to deal with this. The question isn't if it happens, but when.


Learning objectives:

  1. • Specify the legal ethical codes related to sexual contact with clients

  2. • Explore personal definitions of integrity related to sexual attraction in a professional setting

  3. • Identify possible behavioral indicators of sexual interest in or from a client

  4. • Pinpoint the course of action therapists may choose to take in the event of attraction



4/16/21 Ethics & Supervision by Dr. Rebecca Cobb & Mike Fitzpatrick 


This presentation will 


Learning Objectives:



4/23/21 Ethics & Substance Use by Thersa Winther, LMFT, SUDP/MAC Owner: One Step Forward, Private Practioner at Envision Counseling and EMDR trained


This presentation will compare and contrast the Ethics of AAMFT clinicians and Substance Use Disorder Professionals.  There will be guidance on Washington Administrative Codes (WACs) and REvised Codes of Washington (RCW’s).  Detailed requirements for seeking integrated, dual credentialing and expertise in both models of services.  Learn current models of therapy, processes, and how to provide assessment, treatment, and services to clients, their chosen families, and their caregivers when substance use exists in the system.  


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the ethical codes for SUDP (NAADAC) and MFT (AAMFT) through national organizations. 

  2. Understand tools for providing assessment and interventions for families with co-occurring disorders.

  3. Identify the family roles and tasks in a substance using the system.

  4. Learn and identify the MFT theories that apply directly to addiction services.  


4/30/21 Ethics & Legal Ramifications by R. Shaffer Claridge Former Senior Attorney for the Florida Department of Health

This presentation will provide an overview of the legal obligations facing Washington Marriage and Family Therapists.  An in-depth look at the Washington Uniform Disciplinary Act, an overview of the typical administrative disciplinary process, a discussion of common-law malpractice elements, and an examination of the controversial duty to warn cases. The presentation will also include tips to safeguard your practice against legal intervention, and dedicated time for questions and answers. 


Learning Objectives:  


  1. Understand the Washington administrative disciplinary process for MFTs;

  2. Identify contemporary ethical and legal issues facing MFTs;

  3. Identify the elements and factors that commonly lead to therapeutic malpractice in Washington State;

  4. Understand the heightened duty to warn that exists in Washington; and

  5. Apply the Washington Uniform Disciplinary Act to hypothetical scenarios


If you have any ideas for future events around ethics, we would love to hear!

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