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Running head: MORALITY IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY 1 Morality in Marriage and Family Therapy Candace Thornton North Central University
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Morality in Marriage and Family Therapy 2 Question of Morality The question of morality is for some a difficult pill to swallow in a world where science rules, along with the ever-present attitudes of live how you want with no conviction because you only live once or the attitude of you cannot tell me how to live my life. If one is to deal with the topic of morality then that would pose a certain standard of living as well as a certain level of responsibility. Whiting (2008) says this about morality: “Morality deals with issues of right or wrong behavior and is relevant in understanding couple conflict. This is because conflict includes dimensions of power, control, and potential for physical and emotional harm (Doherty & Boss, 1991; Goldner, 1999) (2008). Issues of choice and accountability are especially relevant when conflict becomes aggressive or abusive (Jory, 2004). A moral framework for conflict rejects the idea that behavior is solely a product of environment or drives, and assumes that individuals can and should change destructive acts (Jenkins, 1990)” (pg.44-45). This statement in many ways helps the therapist to understand the role of morality in the field of marriage and family therapy. The focus should be placed on helping the client to change the behavior or that which they have control over. Marriage and family therapy by no means should neglect the topic of morality. In the past Carlson, Kirkpatrick, Hecker and Killmer (2002) points to the fact that the topic of morality and all that it encompasses was rarely discussed in any scholarly journal for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Why the blatant disregard? When the job of a therapist is to aid in cultivating the life of a client so they leave whole making better decisions for their life.
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Morality in Marriage and Family Therapy 3 Although, the previously stated has some truth the field of MFT has a long way to go when training and making sure therapist are competent and comfortable with the topic of morality. Morality Consider Controversial The reason for so much controversy is simply the notion that what one considers moral may not be the same for the next person. Therefore, the therapist has a responsibility to not harm the client by projecting their moral code on the client. Kurri and Wahlstrom (2005) states that “When one formulates a problem in addressing a therapy case, moral issues are involved right from the beginning. Problem formulations in therapy are not neutral. They are not simple
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