Code of Ethics

This document is a reference for family therapists, people who use family therapy services, people who are considering using family therapy services and anyone wanting a better understanding of family therapy, particularly in Australia. It is also intended that the Code evolve in response to changing practices and values held by the community. This document also assists family therapists to deal with ethical dilemmas.

It is based on the principal that, when faced with an ethical dilemma, the family therapist should adopt the course of action which maximizes the good, and does the least harm. The therapist should attach particular weight to the rights of those who have the least power.

AAFT Code of Ethics August 2016