This week, you will be introduced to the topic of morality in Marriage and Family Therapy. This is a controversial topic in the field of MFT. Read the assigned articles carefully and appraise the question of morality keeping in mind the AAMFT Code of Ethics.
Be sure to carefully review this week’s resources. You will be expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.
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T., D., Kirkpatrick, D., Hecker, L., & Killmer, M. (2002).
Religion, spirituality, and marriage and family therapy: A study of
family therapists’ beliefs about the appropriateness of addressing
religious and spiritual issues in therapy.
Kurri, K., & Wahlstrom, J. (2005). Placement of responsibility and moral reasoning in couple therapy.
Lettenberger-Klein, C. G., Fish, J., & Hecker, L. L. (2013). Cultural competence when working with American Indian populations: A couple and family therapist perspective.
O’Reilly, M., & Parker, N. (2014). “She needs a smack in the gob”: Negotiating what is appropriate talk in front of children in family therapy.
Scher, S., & Kozlowska, K. (2012). Thinking, doing, and the ethics of family therapy.
Whiting, J. B. (2008). The role of appraisal distortion, contempt, and morality in couple conflict: A grounded theory.
Morality in Marriage and Family Therapy
After completing the assigned readings, write an essay addressing the following questions:
- What is your understanding of the question of morality in the context of Marriage and Family Therapy?
- Why might the topic of morality be considered controversial in the field of MFT?
- What is your understanding of moral attitude, considering the AAMFT Code of Ethics?
- How can a therapist display morality with respect to his/her personal character?
- What can you specifically do to promote moral responsibility as a therapist with your clients, colleagues, and in the communities in which you are involved?
It is suggested that you use the essence of the questions above as headers in organizing your essay. (See this website for information about use of headers in APA Style.)
Cite specific information from the text in each of your answers. You may use additional references if you wish.
Length: 5-7 pages
Your essay should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.
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