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Essential Law for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Essential Law for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

May 2010 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This third book in the authoritative BACP Legal Resources for Counsellors and Psychotherapists series provides a user-friendly guide to the law for all those practicing and training in the counseling profession.

Barbara Mitchels and Tim Bond make legal issues relevant and bring them alive for the practitioner. Packed with practical examples, this book covers essential areas of law for practitioners including

  • Professional ethics and standards
  • Negligence
  • Contracts and premises
  • Employment and insurance
  • Dealing with legal claims
  • Professional diligence

Other features include a glossary, tables and flowcharts, as well as a comprehensive index of resources and organizations for additional information and guidance. This readable book helps practice managers, counselors and psychotherapists to recognize, understand and address legal issues that may arise in their practice, and assists them in finding any additional resources they may need.

Demystifying the law, this book is an authoritative guide for therapists, including those working in private practice, as well as being important reading for all those studying counseling, psychotherapy or clinical psychology.

Law and Ethics
Public Interest and Professional Standards
Liability in Tort: Negligence
Therapists and Criminal Activity
Self-Employed Therapists
Therapist as Employer / Employee
Dealing with Legal Claims

"Essential Law for Counsellors and Psychotherapists provides a comprehensive and easily readable text for all practitioners practising the talking therapies. It will prove to be an essential reference in this ever more demanding field where therapists are coming into contact with the law in their every day work." - Sandi Toksvig, Vice President of BACP, writer and broadcaster

Very clear explanations of complex legal issues

Mrs Sarah Jones
Humanities , Gloucester College of Arts & Tech
March 10, 2016

for students to explore the realms of legislation and its impact on the counselling profession

Mrs Debbie Mccallum
Community Studies, Truro College
December 10, 2014

It is a good book. It coveres the process of appearing in a court of law well. It however is not as relevant to the course that I will be teaching.

Ms Fatima Peters
Department of Psychology , University of Venda
May 15, 2013

Essential reading for any Counsellor. The book manages to contextualises key issues in law relevant to pracitioners and is a must have for any counselling practitioner.

Mr John Dixon
Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College
May 31, 2012

For students - an indespensible guide to what can often be a complex subject. Essentail reading for Counsellors and psychotherapists.

Mr John Dixon
Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College
May 31, 2012

A helpful addition to the information available for students' professional understanding and development

Ms Deborah Gibson
Northern Programme for Art psychotherapy, Leeds Metropolitan University
January 7, 2012

An excellent up to date resource. A must for trainers, practitioners and students alike.

Miss Caroline Gilchrist
Access, Wolverhampton City College
May 31, 2011

this is an easy book to read and due to its lay- out allows the student to easily access information

Mrs Deborah Regan
academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
May 5, 2011

This book is a must for every counselling students at every level of training. 'Essential Law for Counsellors and Psychotherapists' guides new and qualified practitioners alike.

Mr Richard Carroll
School of Health , Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
April 6, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Law and Ethics

Barbara Mitchels

Dr Barbara Mitchels,  is a practising psychotherapist and a Fellow of BACP. A retired solicitor, Barbara ,  combines the professions of law and therapy in CPD workshops, providing a specialist consultancy service for counselling professionals and the BACP and contributions to the BACP’s Good Practice in Action Legal Guidance series. She led the writing of the Ethical Guidelines for Research in the Counselling Professions (BACP 2018a), and other recent  publications include Children and Vulnerable Witnesses in Court: A Practice Handbook (Wiley, Simmonds and Hill 2018). More About Author

Tim Bond

Tim Bond is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor to the University of Malta. He has a longstanding commitment to researching and writing about professional ethics for the talking therapies and promoting mental well-being. He is currently a consultant to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy on professional ethics and standards, a member of the Ethics Committee for the British Psychological Society and the Executive Council of the International Association for Counselling. He is a registered member of BACP and provides counselling supervision and training workshops. More About Author

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