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date: 27 January 2020

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Conducting therapy with couples and families creates unique ethical considerations. During couple therapy and family therapy, therapists may encounter ethical difficulties when identifying the goals of treatment in the face of family members’ conflicting desires, deciding when to disclose information obtained privately from one client to other family members, and managing risk in order to maintain client safety. Therapists can minimize these ethical dilemmas by clearly articulating their policies both during consent procedures and throughout treatment. Additionally, therapists who work with couples and families must be mindful of their own values and competencies in order to engage in ethical practice.

Keywords: family therapy, couple therapy, ethical practice, consent, risk, goals of treatment

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