Maintaining Ethical Standards


Therapyis vital in regard to the presence of stable families, and couples.In fact, it is through therapy that couples and families learn moreabout each other. However, it is important for these therapists torealize the need to maintain ethical standards during the sessions.The ethical standards are those principles that the therapists arerequired to follow while offering their services to the clients.Through a case study discussed in this paper, knowledge about ethicalissues, solutions to those issues and the application of theprinciples from the AAMFT code of ethics is obtained (Corey et al.,2011).

TheCase of Naomi

Inthe case of Naomi, there are two parties involved. The first partycomprises Naomi’s family and the therapist while the other partycomprises Naomi. The ethical issue evident in this case is the factthat Naomi’s family, and her therapist do not endorse her idea ofpursuing her dreams, and goals. On the other hand, the therapist doesnot endorse Naomi’s idea and as result, the family gains favor fromtheir therapist (Corey et al., 2011).

Asthe caseworker, there are ethical issues that I would have to dealwith. Firstly, I would be conflicted in regard to confidentiality. Itis my obligation not to disclose any information given to me byNaomi. There are no instances where caseworkers are allowed to sharethe client’s information unless the client in question is indanger. The other ethical issue I would be confronted by in regard tothis case would be that of self-determination. In as much as I wouldgive Naomi my opinion, as the caseworker, I would be expected torespect Naomi’s final decision. I would advice Naomi, and give heroptions on how to go about the issue but, she is the only oneentitled to the last resolution. Furthermore, in Naomi’s case, Iwould also be faced by the ethical dilemma revolving arounddifferences in values. If at all I do not believe that women areentitled to independence, my views and those of Naomi’s would begreatly conflicted.

Asthe caseworker, it is my obligation to maintain ethical healthstandards in the same way that therapists are required to employ thesame approach. According to the AAMFT code of ethics, it is myrequirement to assist Naomi to obtain a solution on the grounds ofnon-discrimination. It is evident that Naomi may not have gainedfavor because she is a woman (Corey et al., 2011). As the caseworker,I am expected to resolve Naomi’s case without discriminatingagainst her gender. I would advice Naomi to stand her ground, andpursue her ambitions, and prove her family wrong. She should makethem realize that she can be a good mother and wife whether shepossesses her independence or not (Corey et al., 2011). Just becauseNaomi is a woman does not make her inferior when compared to herhusband. In resolving the case, I would also ensure maximumconfidentiality. The AAMFT code of ethics states that there are thoseinstances when private information may be disclosed for example,when the client’s life is in danger. However, in a case such asNaomi’s, I do not have the right to disclose her informationbecause she is no danger. Breaching this confidentiality pact wouldbring about a lot of complications, and a result, the case would notbe resolved. Also, as the caseworker, it is expected that I portraygreat knowledge in regard to my job. I am expected to guide Naomibut, it is not in my place to give her the final resolution.

Insummation, it is important to observe that there are core values fromthe AAMFT code of ethics that have been employed in the study of theNaomi’s case (Corey et al., 2011). These values include excellentresponses, and services to the client, acceptance, and appreciationof the client, and dissemination of knowledge to the client. Asportrayed by the case study, family therapy is important as itassists the members of the family to understand each other. If Naomiand her family had not attended therapy, she would not have realizedthat regardless of the therapist, and her family’s opinion, shestill has the chance of pursuing her dreams, and goals.


Corey, Gerald, Marianne S. C, and Callanan, P. (2011). Issues andEthics in the Helping Professions. Belmont, Calif: Brooks/Cole.