The MMHA Code of Ethics

The Board of Directors of The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA) hereby put into effect the following code of ethics for all members who choose to associate themselves with this organization – effective July 1, 2014.  

The MMHA strives to honor the public trust in members of this organization by setting standards for ethical practice as described in this Code. The ethical standards define professional expectations and will be enforced by the MMHA Board of Directors. The standards written here are not meant to be exhaustive. Members of our organization who are uncertain about the ethics of a particular course of action are encouraged to seek counsel from consultants, attorneys, supervisors, colleagues, or other appropriate authorities.  If the Board decides a member has broken the Code of Ethics after investigation, the member will be dismissed from the organization.  The Board reserves the right to dismiss any member at any time for unethical conduct.   

When making decisions regarding professional behavior, members of our organization are expected to consider the Code of Ethics of their particular profession (if applicable).  If the MMHA Code of Ethics prescribes a standard higher than that required by law, or other codes of ethics – MMHA members must be willing to comply to the higher standard of the MMHA code of ethics. The MMHA supports legal mandates for reporting of alleged unethical conduct.   

The MMHA Code of Ethics is binding on members of MMHA in all membership categories. MMHA members have an obligation to be familiar with the MMHA Code of Ethics and its application to their professional services.  

Principle I  Responsibility to Clients, Students, Supervisees, Research Participants, etc. (referred to as “clients” in the following document)  

MMHA members are committed to the advanced welfare of families and individuals who identify anywhere on the Mormon spectrum. They respect the rights of those persons seeking their assistance, and make reasonable efforts to ensure their services are used appropriately. 

1.1 Non-Discrimination. MMHA members provide professional assistance to persons without discrimination on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, health status, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status. 

1.2 Informed Consent. MMHA members obtain appropriate informed consent to professional services rendered and use language that is reasonably understandable to clients.  

1.3 Multiple Relationships. MMHA members avoid exploiting the trust and dependency of those they serve. Clinical therapists, especially, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with clients that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation. Such relationships include, but are not limited to, business, ecclesiastical or close personal relationships with a client or the client’s immediate family. 

1.4 Sexual Intimacy with Current Clients and Others. Sexual intimacy with current clients, or their spouses or partners is prohibited. Engaging in sexual intimacy with individuals who are known to be close relatives, guardians or significant others of current clients is prohibited.

1.5 Sexual Intimacy with Former Clients and Others. Sexual intimacy with former clients, their spouses or partners, or individuals who are known to be close relatives, guardians or significant others of clients is likely to be harmful and is therefore prohibited for two years following the termination of last professional contact. Even after two years, sexual contact is largely discouraged. 

1.6 Client Autonomy in Decision Making. MMHA members respect the rights of clients to make decisions and help them to understand the consequences of these decisions. Clinical therapists clearly advise clients that clients have the responsibility to make decisions regarding relationships such as cohabitation, marriage, divorce, separation, reconciliation, custody, and visitation – and they do not allow their own personal biases to encourage or discourage a client’s life decision.  

1.7 Referrals. MMHA members assist persons in obtaining other therapeutic services if the therapist is unable or unwilling, for appropriate reasons, to provide professional help. 1.8 Evidence-Based Treatment. MMHA members agree to only use evidence-based, best practice approaches to their professional services.  Therefore, treatments such as reparative therapy for sexual orientation are not permissible.   

1.9 Confidentiality. MMHA members abide by confidentiality regulations mandated by their professions.  They disclose to clients confidentiality procedures as early as feasible, they attain written authorization when release of client information is necessitated, and they do not share identifying information with colleagues or referral sources.  MMHA members are willing to train ecclesiastical leaders who may be unfamiliar with confidentiality practice and do not pressure clients to sign releases of information for ecclesiastical leaders.   

1.10 Truthful Representation of Services. MMHA members represent facts truthfully to clients, third-party payors, and supervisees regarding services rendered and financial fees. 

Principle II  Professional Competence and Integrity  

MMHA members maintain high standards of professional competence and integrity. 

2.1 Maintenance of Competency. MMHA members pursue knowledge of new developments and maintain their competence in their respective fields through education, training, or supervised experience. 

2.2 Knowledge of Regulatory Standards. MMHA members maintain adequate knowledge of and adhere to applicable laws, ethics, and professional standards. 

2.3 Seek Assistance. MMHA members seek appropriate professional assistance for their personal problems or conflicts that may impair work performance or clinical judgment. 

2.4 Bias.  MMHA members seek to be aware of personal bias, especially religious, which could interfere in allowing clients to explore freely within a therapeutic process. 

2.5 Conflicts of Interest. MMHA members do not provide services that create a conflict of interest that may impair work performance or clinical judgment. 

2.6 Veracity of Scholarship. MMHA members, as presenters, teachers, supervisors, consultants and researchers, are dedicated to high standards of scholarship, present accurate information, and disclose potential conflicts of interest. 

2.7 Harassment. MMHA members do not engage in sexual or other forms of harassment of clients, students, trainees, supervisees, employees, colleagues, or research subjects. 

2.8 Exploitation. MMHA members do not engage in the exploitation of clients, students, trainees, supervisees, employees, colleagues, or research subjects. 

2.9 Accurate Presentation of Findings. MMHA members make efforts to prevent the distortion or misuse of their clinical and research findings. 

2.10 Accurate Professional Representation. MMHA members accurately represent their competencies, education, training, and experience relevant to their services rendered.

2.11 Public Statements. MMHA members exercise special care when making public their professional recommendations and opinions through testimony or other public statements. 

2.12 MMHA members are in violation of this Code and subject to termination of membership or other appropriate action if they: (a) are convicted of any felony; (b) are convicted of a misdemeanor related to their qualifications or functions; (c) engage in conduct which could lead to conviction of a felony, or a misdemeanor related to their qualifications or functions; (d) are expelled from or disciplined by other professional organizations; (e) have their licenses or certificates suspended or revoked or are otherwise disciplined by regulatory bodies; (f) continue to practice in their respective fields while no longer competent to do so because they are impaired by physical or mental causes or the abuse of alcohol or other substances; or (g) fail to cooperate with the Association at any point from the inception of an ethical complaint.  

Principle III  Responsibility to Research Participants  

Investigators respect the dignity and protect the welfare of research participants, and are aware of applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards governing the conduct of research. 3.1 Protection of Research Participants. Investigators are responsible for making careful examinations of ethical acceptability in planning studies. To the extent that services to research participants may be compromised by participation in research, investigators seek the ethical advice of qualified professionals not directly involved in the investigation and observe safeguards to protect the rights of research participants. 

3.2 Informed Consent. Investigators requesting participant involvement in research inform participants of the aspects of the research that might reasonably be expected to influence willingness to participate. Investigators are especially sensitive to the possibility of diminished consent when participants are also receiving clinical services, or have impairments which limit understanding and/or communication, or when participants are children. 3.3 Right to Decline or Withdraw Participation. Investigators respect each participant’s freedom to decline participation in or to withdraw from a research study at any time. This obligation requires special thought and consideration when investigators or other members of the research team are in positions of authority or influence over participants.  3.4 Confidentiality of Research Data. Information obtained about a research participant during the course of an investigation is confidential unless there is a waiver previously obtained in writing. When the possibility exists that others, including family members, may obtain access to such information, this possibility, together with the plan for protecting confidentiality, is explained as part of the procedure for obtaining informed consent.

The MMHA Bylaws                                                               

Executed December 1, 2015                                                                                                                

Amended February 27, 2022 and October 26, 2023

 

ARTICLE 1. Name      

The name of this organization shall be the Mormon Mental Health Association, a non-profit organized under a 501C3.

ARTICLE 2. Purposes

Section 1. Nonprofit Purpose

This corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 2. Specific Purposes

The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA) is a secular professional association for mental health providers, educators, and researchers who offer ethical, research-based, and culturally competent services and information to persons along the continuum of involvement in and commitment to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, any churches connected to the restoration movement of Joseph Smith, and to those who identify with the broader Mormon cultural experience.

Toward that end, the purposes for which the association is established are as follows:

  1. Help connect ethical, culturally sensitive clinicians to each other and to persons who are seeking out such providers through a referral list.
  2. Advocate for evidence-based, best therapeutic practices, church policies, research endeavors, and social justice initiatives that support positive mental health for Mormons.
  3. Provide professionals with opportunities for continuing education in cultural competence when working with people who have a Mormon background.
  4. Support research efforts and professional collaboration among MMHA membership.
 
ARTICLE 3. Membership

Section 1. Membership Categories

The membership of the Association shall consist of four (4) categories:

  1. Voting Members: The voting membership shall be composed of Clinical Members, Researcher Members and Student Members.
  2. Non-voting Members: The non-voting membership shall be composed of “Friends of MMHA” members.

Section 2. Clinical Members

Clinical members shall meet the following qualifications:

Individuals who hold a current license (or provisional license) to practice within their mental health capacity (i.e. therapy, psychiatric services, psychological testing, etc.) in their current geographical setting, who are aligned with the mission statement and goals of MMHA, who agree to abide by the MMHA Code of Ethics, and who are not being investigated or charged with unethical practices or unprofessional conduct.

Section 3. Research Members

Research members shall meet the following qualifications:

Research members are independent researchers or professionals in academia who are looking to collaborate on projects related to the intersection of Mormonism and mental health.  Individuals who have pertinent training and experience in their area of expertise to work as researchers within the mental health field, who are aligned with the mission statement and goals of MMHA, who agree to abide by the MMHA Code of Ethics, and who are not being investigated or charged with unethical practices or unprofessional conduct.

Section 4. Student Members

Student members shall meet the following qualifications:

Student Members must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate mental health program and are aligned with the mission statement and goals of MMHA. Student Membership shall be held until satisfactory completion of a qualifying degree. 

Section 5. Friends of MMHA Members

“Friends of MMHA” Members are those who want to affiliate themselves with MMHA, offer financial support to MMHA and are aligned with the mission statement and goals of MMHA.

Section 6. Application Procedures

Applicants for membership shall comply with application procedures established by the Board. Applicants shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. Clinical, Research, and Student Applicants are bound by the MMHA Code of Ethics.

Section 7: Membership Standing

Members in all membership categories shall be governed by and abide by the Bylaws of the Association, including the MMHA Code of Ethics.

Any member of the Association shall be considered to be in good standing until determined to be otherwise by the Board of Directors. Failure to pay dues by the established deadlines shall constitute resignation from the Association.

Any member whose membership in the Association shall cease for any reason whatsoever shall have no further rights in the Association or its property.

At the discretion of the Board, a retired member may be designated Emeritus or Emerita status.

ARTICLE 4. Officers

Section 1. Qualifications

The Officers of the Association shall be Clinical or Research members with current membership within MMHA. 

Section 2. Executive Board Makeup

Executive Board includes the following roles: a President, a President-Elect, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Past-President, as well as any other members as invited or appointed by the Executive Board. 

Section 3. President

The President shall serve a term of two (2) years, following a one-year term as President-Elect. The President shall be the Chief Elected Officer of the Association and of the Board, perform such duties as are customary for presiding officers, and make all required appointments with the approval of the Board. The President shall consult with the President Elect or Past President on all major matters of policy which arise between Board meetings. The President shall present an annual report to the membership.

Section 4. President-Elect and Past-President

The President-Elect shall serve a term of one year and succeed to the office of President upon completion of that term. The President-Elect shall serve as Presiding Officer of the Association and Board during the absence of the President.  The Past-President shall serve a term of one (1) year immediately following completion of a term of office as President.

Section 5. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall serve a term of two (2) years. The Treasurer shall be responsible for monitoring the financial position and assets of the Association, and shall present periodic financial reports to the Board and an annual report to the membership.

Section 6. Secretary

The Secretary shall serve a term of two (2) years. The Secretary shall be responsible for the records of all business meetings of the Association and all meetings of the Board, and shall direct the distribution of minutes and reports as authorized by these Bylaws and by the Board.

Section 7. Removal of an Officer

If an officer of the Association ceases to be in good standing by a two thirds majority vote of the board, his or her position as an Officer shall be declared vacant by the Board.

Section 8. Vacancies

If any office, other than President or President-Elect, becomes vacant, the Board may appoint a successor to complete the term of the office. In the event the President is unable to complete the current term of office, the President-Elect shall assume the presidential duties and offices, and a special election shall be called to elect a new President-Elect through a ballot by the voting membership. In the event the President-Elect is unable to complete the current term of office, a special election shall be called to elect a successor through a ballot by the voting membership. In any event, the term of the presidency shall not be for less than two (2) years nor more than three (3) years.

ARTICLE 5. Board of Directors

Section 1. Board Composition

The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers, as described in Article 4, a minimum of three Board Members at Large, and one Student Representative. 

Section 2. Board Member at Large and Student Representative Qualifications

Board Members at Large shall be Clinical or Research Members of the Association in good standing. The Student Representative shall be a Student Member of the Association in good standing. Board Members at Large and Student Representatives shall each serve two-year terms. 

Section 3. Board Powers

The Board shall exercise all powers of the Association except as specifically prohibited by these Bylaws. The Board shall be authorized to adopt and publish such policies, procedures, and rules as may be necessary and appropriate, and to exercise authority over all Association business and funds. The Board may delegate such functions and powers as it deems appropriate to constituent components of the Association, including committees, commissions, c ouncils, and divisions. Such delegations may be revoked at any time unless otherwise provided by these Bylaws.

Section 4. Regular Meetings

The Board shall meet at the call of the President at least four (4) times each year, or at the written request of at least five (5) members of the Board directed to the Secretary. Each member of the Board shall be entitled to one (1) vote and may take part and vote in person, through video-conference or through written communication.

Section 5. Quorum for Meetings

A quorum shall consist of no less than one-half of the membership of the Board at any given time.

Section 6. Majority Action

Every act or decision done or made by a majority of the directors present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present is the act of the board of directors, unless the articles of incorporation, these bylaws, or provisions of law require a greater percentage or different voting rules for approval of a matter by the board.

Section 7. Removal of a Board Member

If any member of the Board ceases to be in good standing by majority vote of the board, his or her position on the Board shall be declared vacant. The position may remain vacant or the Board may appoint a successor to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.

ARTICLE 6. Committees

Section 1. Committee Operations

Committees are authorized by the Board to conduct ongoing governance activities that require member input separate from the Board. Primarily, these committees will address issues of professional standards and conduct and other issues as deemed necessary by the Board. All committees shall operate pursuant to procedures established by the Board.

Section 2. Committee Member Appointments

All committee members shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board. Terms of office shall be decided on need and circumstance.

Section 3. Committee Composition

The majority of each committee shall be composed of Clinical, Research and Student Members of the Association. Representatives of the public may be appointed to committees as needed.

Section 4. Removal of Committee Members

Members of committees may be removed by the President, with the approval of the Board, for malfeasance or non-performance of duties.

Section 5. Committee Chairs

The President with the approval of the Board shall appoint a Chairperson for each committee except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws. The Chairperson shall be a Clinical or Research Member of the Association.

ARTICLE 7. Meetings of the Membership

Section 1. Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the membership shall be held at a date and location to be determined by the Board.

Section 2. Notice of Meetings

Notice of all annual and special meetings shall be sent to all voting members of the Association, and board meeting notes will be made available to members of the association after such meetings have taken place.

Section 3. Quorum for Meetings

A quorum at all annual and special meetings of the membership shall be ten (10) percent of the voting membership of the Association, present in person, via teleconference or through written communication.

ARTICLE 8. Dues

Section 1. Setting Dues

Dues for the Association shall be set by a majority vote of the Board.

Section 2. Failure to Pay Dues

When a member fails to pay full Association and division annual dues, upon notification from the Association, his or her name shall be removed from the list of members and membership terminated.

Section 3. Waiving or Adjusting Dues

In special circumstances, the Board shall have the power to remit, adjust, or waive for a specified time the dues of a member.

ARTICLE 9. Nominations and Elections

Section 1. Nominations

The nomination and election of Board positions of Officers, Directors, and Student Member, shall be conducted by a nomination and voting process made available to all voting members of the association using electronic means. Discrimination in election and nomination procedures on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation is forbidden. Elected candidates to the Board of Directors shall assume office on the first day of January following their election and shall hold office for the tenure of their office, or until their successors have been elected and qualified.

Section 2. Elections

The Board of Directors shall determine the eligibility and willingness of each nominee to stand for election. The final ballot shall attempt to include the names of at least two (2) nominees for each office and shall be delivered to all voting members following the close of nominations but in no case later than November 30. The candidate who receives the highest number of votes for each office shall be elected. The results of each election shall be announced to overall membership by December 20.

 

ARTICLE 10. Paid Staff 

The Board shall have the power and option to hire paid staff such as an Association Manager,  Executive Director, or seasonal employees to carry out the necessary business of the Association if needed. The paid staff shall be responsible to the Board. Discrimination in the selection and retention of employees on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation is expressly forbidden. Contractual rates or salary would be determined by what is considered fair market value.                                                                     

ARTICLE 11. Amendments or Revisions                              

These Bylaws may be amended, revised, or repealed by a majority vote cast by the voting members of the association by electronic or paper ballot returned within fifteen (15) of the date by which members can reasonably be presumed to have received the ballot. Amendments or   revisions may be proposed by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 12. Dissolutions    

In the event of the dissolution of the Mormon Mental Health Association, its property, funds, and other assets shall be transferred to whatever organization or organizations operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and/or scientific purposes as the Mormon Mental Health Association board may determine, provided such organization or organizations qualify as tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. 

Clinical/Provisionally Licensed Members are licensed mental health professionals in good standing with their state licensing boards who want to be included in this site’s referral list. They agree with the MMHA mission statement, values, and goals and are willing to be vetted by a board member for willingness to follow ethical best practices. This membership includes provisionally licensed mental health professionals.


Benefits of Clinical/Provisionally Licensed Membership:
  • Name and practice information included on our Find a Provider page.
  • Discount to the MMHA Annual Conference and other trainings.
  • Access to secret MMHA Facebook Group to collaborate and network with other professional members.
  • Ability to advertise workshops, trainings, publications, job opportunities, and other resources.
  • Opportunity to participate in elections of board members with the option of running for positions.
  • Opportunity to participate in weekly peer supervision meetings.
  • Free access to lunch and learn trainings and MMHA newsletters.
  • Opportunity to approach the board with potential projects.
  • Benefits of Research Membership included. Email us if you want to be added to the research collaboration group.