This Home Study Program is adapted from Tales From the Licensing Board: Ethical Issues Facing Couple and Family Therapists that was recorded as a live event on December 8, 2017.

An interview with I. Scott Cohen, LICSW, LMFT has been added to make this course relevant to the time of COVID-19.

When: Anytime (Distance Learning/Home Study)
Instructor: I. Scott Cohen, LICSW, LMFT
CEs: This program does not offer CEs
Rate: Full Rate – $35; Agency Clinician/Student Rate* — $25; Equity Rate* — $25

If you work with more than one member of a family at a time, it is critical to be well informed about the relevant professional ethics, yet how many of us are? This home study program brings to life the AAMFT Code Of Ethics as well as some of the ethical guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of MA, in an engaging and thought-provoking way. Topics such as the Guidelines for Dealing with Children Whose Parents are Divorced, Separated or Not Living Together, and Policy on Distance, Online and Other Electronic-Assisted Counseling are examined. In addition, we discuss informed consent, record keeping and how to be compliant with HIPPA and state regulations. Examples and case material from the Board of Registration complaint cases are used, offering guidance to clinicians in avoiding common pitfalls.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. Discuss Informed Consent and identify how to comply with Informed Consent in the psychotherapeutic relationship
  2. Discuss the AAMFT Code of Ethics as they apply to practicing marriage and family therapists
  3. List several important elements of record keeping
  4. Explain the marriage and family therapist’s responsibilities when treating children whose parents may be separated, divorced or never married
  5. Describe the benefits of developing a Professional Will
  6. Identify the MA and the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy regulatory Board’s guidelines on teletherapy

Recording A
0:00-20:57 Interview with I. Scott Cohen, LICSW, LMFT
Recording B
0:00-0:04 Introduction
0:04-2:30 AAMFT Code of Ethics
2:30-3:01 Informed Consent
3:01-3:16 Clinical Record Keeping
3:16-3:44 Minors in Therapy
3:44-4:04 On Line or Teletherapy
4:04-4:08 Professional Wills
4:08-4:09 Allied Board of Mental Health
4:09-5:33 Review of Case



I. Scott Cohen

I. Scott Cohen, LICSW, LMFT is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Since 1978, he has provided couples, family, individual and group therapy. He specializes in working with victims of violent crime and post-traumatic stress disorder, adolescents and their families, and substance abuse and addictions. He received his Masters Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the current Treasurer of The Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards, a national association which serves the MFT regulatory board of every state in the US. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Association of Marriage and Family Therapy in 1994/1995. He served at total of fourteen years as one of the two marriage and family therapy representatives to the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Allied Mental Health. He is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work. He has taught marriage and family therapy at several training institutes and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Divorce Center, Inc. for eight years. He is also a founding member of the Greater Marlboro Sexual Abuse Hotline.

Mr. Cohen has held membership in The International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies and in the National Association of Social Workers and maintains membership in the American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy. Twice, he was awarded the Significant Contribution to the Association Award by the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and in 2000, he was given a Divisional Contribution Award by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Mr. Cohen serves as a Red Cross volunteer as a Disaster Mental Health Specialist. Prior to his retirement from practice last year, he maintained and managed a private practice of four clinicians in Framingham, MA. A nationally known trainer and presenter, he has given presentations at international, national and state conferences as well as conducted numerous trainings on both a local and national level.

*Agency Clinician/Student Rate: We offer this discounted rate to enable students and clinicians working in community mental health settings on a full-time basis to be able to participate. Group practices are not eligible.

*Equity Rate: This registration option is for participants with historical/institutional barriers to access. Please choose equity pricing only if you are a member of one or more historically marginalized communities.

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