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Legal Issues in Counselling & Psychotherapy

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October 2002 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is an excellent book. It builds well on Peter Jenkins' admirable earlier contribution to our knowledge of the many legal matters that are of vital concern to counsellors (Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law, SAGE 1997) It is mY intention, as a counsellor and lecturer to make Peter Jenkins' new book required reading for all our students. Indeed I would go as far to say that all counsellors, not matter how experienced they consider themselves, should consider this book as essential reading. As the advert says, "don't leave home without one!" - Norman Claringbull, Counselling at Work

`This is good value for trainees and experienced practitioners alike, provoking reflection and providing a useful reference source' - Sally Scott, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

Counsellors and psychotherapists are increasingly seeing the impact of legal issues on their practice and yet many feel under-prepared for the challenges they have to face. Legal Issues in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a much-needed source of advice and reference which examines the rapidly growing range of situations in which therapists find themselves in contact with the law - in their everyday practice, in specialist work, or when facing a legal case against them.

The first part covers the current legal context of therapeutic work including confidentiality, contracts, data protection and court reports. Chapters include: defining work by leading writers from the therapeutic and legal worlds, as well as an illuminating account by a client who brought a successful case against her therapist.

Some areas of therapeutic work are particularly circumscribed by legal issues and the second part examines the specific implications for therapists in relation to:

- working with survivors of sexual abuse

-working in legal settings

-false memory

-the Human Rights Act.

Looking to the future, the book also examines the implications of professional regulation for all counsellors and psychotherapists.

The need for counsellors and psychotherapists to be well informed about the law is rapidly growing. Legal Issues in Counselling & Psychotherapy therefore provides access to essential information which will be of great value to trainees, practitioners and supervisors.

Peter Jenkins
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE LEGAL CONTEXT OF THERAPEUTIC PRACTICE
Stephen Palmer
Confidentiality
A Case Study  
Anne Hayman
Psychoanalyst Subpoenaed
Gideon Cristofoli
Legal Pitfalls in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice and How to Avoid Them
Inge Power
Taking Legal Action against a Therapist for Professional Negligence
Peter Jenkins
Transparent Recording
Therapists and the Data Protection Act 1998  
Philip Pollecoff
Preparing Reports and Presenting Evidence in Court
A Guide for Counsellors and Psychotherapists  
 
PART TWO: LEGAL CHALLENGES FOR THERAPY
Julie Stone
Regulating Counselling and Psychotherapy
Lessons from Complementary Medicine  
Annabell Bell-Boulé and Très Roche
Legal Issues in Therapeutic Work with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Brian Williams
Counselling in Legal Settings
Provision for Jury Members, Vulnerable Witnesses and Victims of Crime  
Tim Bond
The Law of Confidentiality - A Solution or Part of the Problem?
Peter Jenkins
False Memories or Recovered Memories? Legal and Ethical Implications for Therapists
Vincent Keter
The Implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
 
Appendix 1
 
The Academy of Experts
Model Form of Expert's Report  
 
Appendix 2
Stephen Jakobi and Duncan Pratt
Therapy Notes and the Law
 
Appendix 3
 
Relevant Organizations

`This is good value for trainees and experienced practitioners alike, provoking reflection and providing a useful reference source' - Sally Scott, Healthcae Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal


this is a must for all trainee counsellors and qualified counsellors

Mrs Mary Sherrill
Health & Social Care, Tresham Institute
January 7, 2014

Very helpful resource.

Mr Gerald Willmore
Health and Social Care, Bromley College of FE & HE
June 28, 2012

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