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2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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MFT 241 - Family Law and Ethics

Semester Hours: 3


This course is designed for marriage and family therapists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and attorneys. Topics covered include: all aspects of divorce, the grounds, custody, visitation, maintenance, alimony, child support, equitable distribution, separation and separation agreement, the legal processes of divorce including litigation, mediation and arbitration, client relationships, and other topics such as incest, abuse, neglect, elder law, children’s issues such as PINS, juvenile delinquency, and adoption law. In addition, the course will contain additional information outlining professional ethical guidelines for mental health professionals as prescribed by New York statutes, as well as national professional organizations. Issues covered will include: a therapist’s responsibility to clients and research participants, confidentiality, professional competency and integrity, financial arrangements, advertising, and record keeping. The presentation of the course is geared toward the issues that clinical practitioners encounter in therapeutic settings. Video and case history materials are utilized.

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