This highly engaging book introduces readers to the ethical dilemmas that therapists may face in their therapeutic practices. By mapping the counselling process from beginning to end, it focuses on key ethical issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, boundaries, the use of touch and dual relationships. It draws on a series of in-depth case studies illustrating ethical dilemmas, and presents the reader with reflective questions at the end of each example. The book covers: The Context of Relational Ethics - Relational Ethics within the Therapeutic Relationship - Exploring the complex judgement demanded by the therapeutic process, and looking at how therapy needs to be situation specific.
Part I: The Context of 'Relational Ethics'
Chapter 1: A relational approach to ethics
Chapter 2: Professional codes and legal frameworks: Thinking relationally
Chapter 3: Care as a relational ethic and its ‘shadow’
Chapter 4: Living ethics within a social world; 'Walking the talk'
Part II: Relational Ethics within the Therapeutic Relationship
Chapter 5: 'First contact': Creating ethical therapeutic spaces
Chapter 6: Ethical boundarying
Chapter 7: Ethical 'holding'
Chapter 8: Ethical containing
Chapter 9: Ethical endings
Part III: Relational Ethics in Practice
Chapter 10: Karim: Brief therapy and CBT
Chapter 11: Susan: Integrating creatively?
Chapter 12: Gary: Working with anger in context
Chapter 13: Star: Containing and boundarying?
Chapter 14: Luke: Intergenerational trauma work