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Confidentiality & Record Keeping in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Confidentiality & Record Keeping in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Second Edition

November 2014 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This indispensible text is your students' first point of reference when faced with a situation or dilemma of a legal nature regarding record keeping or confidentiality issues. Reflecting changes in policy and law and developments in practice since its last publication in 2008, this new edition has been expanded into 14 new and thoroughly revised chapters.

New content includes:

- The latest Data Protection Act guidance including data protection implications when working with technology and for online therapy

- Greater content on sharing information, including sharing information in supervision, training, research, audit and, crucially, across professions

- Expanded content on mental capacity with separate chapters for children and vulnerable adults

- A new chapter on pre-trial therapy with adults and children, including Special Measures, Crown Prosecution Service guidance and victim support

- A new chapter on practice dilemmas, providing advice and encouraging further discussion and reflection

- The role of supervision and of the supervisor

Using reflective questions, sample dilemmas and case scenarios throughout, the authors illustrate how to practically address the difficult confidentiality and record keeping issues that therapists regularly face. Current legal guidelines and frameworks are interspersed throughout the book which, along with revised disclosure checklists and links to useful organisations and contacts, ensure trainee and practising therapists are well versed in current best-practice.

Confidentiality and the law
Recording confidences
Confidentiality as a legal entitlement – clients’ perspective
Confidentiality as legal responsibility – obligations of the therapist
Record keeping and the law
Record keeping – basic responsibilities
Data protection, freedom of information and technology
How long do we keep records?
Confidentiality and disclosures: information sharing
Sharing information between professionals
Sharing information in supervision and training
Sharing information in research and audit
Confidentiality and disclosures: policy, practice and procedural issues
Developing agency policy and practice and evaluating organisational policies on confidentiality and record keeping
Mental capacity, vulnerable adults and consent
Children, capacity and consent
Victims, and pre-trial therapy with vulnerable adults and children
Practice dilemmas: scenarios on confidentiality and disclosures for reflection and discussion
Responding to dilemmas - ethical and legal practice

An excellent resource for practitioners, offering accessible and sound guidance

Mrs Lindsay Schofield
PICT, Penny Parks Training
May 22, 2015

A very useful text in training and in ongoing therapy practice - for trainees and the more experienced practitioner

Mrs Lindsay Schofield
PICT, Penny Parks Training
May 22, 2015

Highly recommended for trainee therapists and counsellors - valuable information and easy to read

Dr Paula Collens
Dpt of Social, Therapeutic & Community, Goldsmiths College
April 29, 2015

An extremely useful text that offers effective advice and guidance for practitioners.

Dr Kathryn Kinmond
Ids, Manchester Metropolitan University
February 24, 2015

This is an important part of learning and the book provides all the information required to safeguard everyone involved in a therapeutic relationship.

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
February 20, 2015

Essential reading for all students

Mr Gerald Willmore
Chair of Professional Standards, National Counselling Society
December 12, 2014

The updated version of this publication is essential to any counsellor, trainee or experienced.

Mr Richard Carroll
Faculty of Professional and Vocational S, Farnham College
December 9, 2014

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Ch. 1: Recording Confidences

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ISBN: 9781446274521

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