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Ethical Issues when working with Couples, Families, Children and Adolescents

References for Dealing with Ethical Issues Involving Couples, Families, Children and Adolescents

Ethical Issues in Couple and Family Therapy

Brown, R. & Strozier, M. (2004). Resisting abuse at what cost? The impact of mandated reporting laws on the process and content of therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 26(1), 45-60.


Ellis, E.M. (2012). What are the confidentiality rights of collaterals in family therapy? The American Journal of Family Therapy, 40(5), 369-384. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2012.677705.


Grimes, M.E. & McElwain, A.D. (2008). Marriage and family therapy with low-income clients: Professional, ethical, and clinical issues. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 30(4), 220-232. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-008-9071-5.


Grossman, L.R. & Koocher, G.P. (2010) Privacy, confidentiality, and privilege of health records and psychotherapy notes in custody cases. American Journal of Family Law, 24(1), 41-50.


Kaslow, F. (2006). Some legal issues patients may face while in therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 28(4), 419-436. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-006-9023-x.


Kurri, K. & Wahlstron, J. (2005). Placement of responsibility and moral reasoning in couple therapy. Journal of Family Therapy, 27(4), 352-369.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2005.00327.x.


Larner, G. (2004). Family therapy and the politics of evidence. Journal of Family Therapy, 26(1), 17-39. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2004.00265.x.


Larner, G. (2009). Integrating family therapy in adolescent depression: An ethical stance. Journal of Family Therapy, 31(3), 213-232.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6427.2009.00468.x.


Margolin, G., Chien, D., Duman, S.E., Fauchier, A. Gordis, E.B., Oliver, P.H., Ramos, M.C. & Vickerman, K.A. (2005). Ethical issues in couple and family research. Journal of Family Psycology, 19(1), 157-167. DOI: 10.1037/0893-3200.19.1.157


McLaurin, S.L. & Ricci, R.J. (2003). Ethical issues and at-risk behaviors in marriage and family therapy: A qualitative study of awareness. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 25(4), 453-466.


Newfield, S.A., Newfield, N.A., Smith, J.A. & Edward, T. (2000). Ethical decision making among family therapists and individual therapists. Family Process, 39(2), 177-188.


Ramisch, J.L. & Franklin, D. (2008). Families with a member with mental retardation and the ethical implications of therapeutic treatment by marriage and family therapists. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 36(4), 312-322. DOI: 10.1080/01926180701647439.


Rappleyea, D.L., Harris, S.M., White, M. & Simon K. (2009) Termination: Legal and ethical considerations for marriage and family therapists. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 37(1), 12-27. DOI: 10.1080/01926180801960617.


Scher, S. & Kozlowska, K. (2012). Thinking, doing, and the ethics of family therapy. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 40(2), 97-114. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2011.633851.


Sempek, A.N. & Woody, R.H. (2010). Family permanence versus best interests of the child. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 38(5), 433-439. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2010.522492


Yeo, J.A. & Miller, M.M. (2010). Can mft’s address spirituality with clients in publically funded agencies? Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 32(2), 102-116. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-009-9107-5.


Zimmerman, J., McGarrah, N.A., Ally, G.A., Hess, A.K., Benjamin, G.A., Gollan, J.K. & Kasser-Boyd, N. (2009) Ethical and professional considerations in divorce and child custody cases. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 40(6), 539-549. DOI: 10.1037/a0017853.


Ethical Issues in treating Children and Adolescents

Adams, Z. W. & Boyd, S.E. (2010). Ethical challenges in the treatment of individuals ith intellectual disabilities. Ethics & Behavior, 20(6), 407-418. DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2010.521439


Branaman, T.F. & Gottlieb, M.C. (2013). Ethical and legal considerations for treatment of alleged victims: When does it become witness tampering? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44(5), 299-306. DOI: 10.1037/a0033020


Crenshaw, W.B. & Lichtenberg, J.W. (1993). Child abuse and the limits of confidentiality: Forewarning practices. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 11(2), 181-182.


Issacs, M.L. & Stone, C. (2001). Confidentiality with minors: Mental health counselors’ attitudes toward breaching or preserving confidentiality. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 23(4), 342-356.


Jenkins, P. (2010). Having confidence in therapeutic work with young people: Constraints and challenges to confidentiality. British Journal of Guidance & Counseling, 38(3), 263-274. DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2010.483128.


Johnson, J. (2012). Treating couples raising children on the autism spectrum: A marriage-friendly approach. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 34(4), 555-565.  DOI: 10.1007/s10591-012-9213-7.


Koocher, G.P. (2003). Ethical issues in psychotherapy with adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59(11), 1247-1256. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.10215.


Koocher, G.P. (2008). Ethical challenges in mental health services to children and families. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(5), 601-612. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20476.


Nissen-Lie, H.A. & Stanicke, E. (2014). “Yes of course it hurts when buds are breaking”: Therapist reactions to an adolescent client's sexual material in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70(2), 169-178. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22067.


Rosen, J. (2013).The child's attorney and the alienated child: Approaches to resolving the ethical dilemma of diminished capacity. Family Court Review, 51(2), 330-343.


Rubenstein, A.K. (2003). Adolescent psychotherapy: An introduction. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59(11), 1169-1175. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.10208.