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Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Ethics and the Law

First Edition

March 2017 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Developing and maintaining a secure framework for professional practice is a core part of any counselling and psychotherapy training, as all therapists need to understand the key values, ethics and laws that underpin the profession today. But what does being a member of a "profession" actually mean, and what does being a "professional" actually involve?

Structured around the BACP Core Curriculum, and with the help of exercises, case studies and tips for further reading, Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy covers everything from the requirements of the BACP Ethical Framework to broader perspectives on good professional practice. 

The book includes:
  • Practicing as a therapist in different roles and organizational contexts
  • Working with key issues, including difference, vulnerable clients and risk
  • Understanding the law and relevant legal frameworks for practice
  • Working ethically, including contrasting models and approaches to ethics
Becoming a member of a new profession
Working in different organisational contexts as a counsellor or psychotherapist
Working with key client issues in therapeutic practice
Working with key professional issues in therapeutic practice
Understanding the legal context of professional practice
Working ethically as a counsellor and psychotherapist
Surviving and thriving as a counsellor or psychotherapist
Developing new roles in counselling and psychotherapy

This is the definitive training and practice manual in counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.

Chrysostomos Athanasiadis
Lecturer in Counselling in the Division of Counselling and Psychological Therapies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Peter Jenkins takes the reader step by step through both the legal requirements and the requirements of the BACP Ethical Framework so that the territory of confidentiality, record-keeping and data protection, and contracting becomes accessible.


Sally Despenser
Sally Despenser is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor, and a freelance trainer and writer.

Peter Jenkins is a standard-bearer and an exemplary role model for counselling education. Peter leaves no stone unturned, writing in detailed and accessible prose filled with care and compassion. This is an indispensable guide to becoming and being a counsellor.



Stacey Campbell
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Manchester University

This book provides an in depth account of numerous subjects pertaining to counselling and psychotherapy, from statutory registration through to ethical and legal considerations. The student in training, the new practitioner the clinical supervisor and the experienced therapist all have much to gain from this informative book which courageously leaves few difficult subjects uncovered.





Debbie Daniels
Psychotherapist, Canterbury Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre

Engagingly written, Peter Jenkins’ ‘Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy’ is an essential go-to guide for both the emerging and competent practitioner.  A therapist can feel confident that grey and tricky ethical areas are addressed pragmatically and openly. Ideal for our Counselling and Psychotherapy programme.


Vee Howard-Jones
Assistant Director, Programme Leader and Lecturer: Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Salford

Peter Jenkins’ book provides an invaluable guide to the realities of counselling practice in organizations and supports individual practice with a relevant, in-depth exploration of ethical issues faced by counsellors.


Liz Coldridge
Senior Lecturer, Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies, University of Salford

An excellent and comprehensive text which emphasises the importance of ethics and legal issues in Professional Counselling Practice.  I will be adding this title to the recommended reading list for the Trainee Counsellors on the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Practice at Stockport College.

Trudi Welden
Lecturer in Counselling, Centre for Integrative Counselling Studies, Stockport College

Peter Jenkins new book is a very impressive contribution and a really useful resource. It is so thorough and comprehensively wide ranging from organisational structure and culture, data protection, equality and diversity to personal development and self care.  It's good to see the usefulness of group work given mention too. 

This will be a valuable reference book not only for trainee counsellors but experienced practitioners, supervisors and trainers too. I'm sure  there will be lots of demand for it.

Sheila King
BACP Accredited Counsellor

This book is sure to become an established counselling classic, both for those new to the profession and for the more established practitioner.

Therapy Today

Jenkins gives an excellent overview of CORE forms, and outcome measures generally. 

Ben Scanlan
Existential Psychotherapist and Coach
Contemporary Psychotherapy

Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins is a counsellor, trainer, supervisor and researcher. He has worked as a student and staff counsellor in college and university settings for the past thirty years. During this time, he has developed a particular interest in exploring ethical, professional and legal issues in counselling practice. He has run over two hundred workshops on these topics, aimed at addressing the current concerns of practitioners. He has been a member of both the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and the UKCP Ethics Committee and has published around one hundred articles on law and ethics in the professional counselling press. His publications... More About Author

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