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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

This is an excellent must have book for all in the counselling profession, it clearly guides the reader through themed areas relating to the complexities of counselling and the law.

Mrs Angela Fairhurst
AQA Counselling, Kidderminster and District Training Centre
April 1, 2011

good specialist text

Mr Peter Ashworth
ASECC, Sheffield Hallam University
February 16, 2011

The title says it all - Essential Law for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. A lot of practitioners choose to work for themselves, this book will give insight into what they need to do in order to comply with the law and to protect their business and reputation. Good glossary of terms.

Mrs Deborah Hibbard
HEALTH AND PUBLIC SERVICES, North Nottinghamshire College
February 6, 2011

Excellent and readable.

Mr Bill Stanley
Counselling, Newman College
December 13, 2010

very thorough.

Mr Marc Tomlinson
Counselling Training, Keighley College
December 9, 2010

Course no longer running after 2011

Mr Peter Cardew
Health & Post Graduate Medicine, Central Lancashire University
December 6, 2010

Inappropriate for the level

Mr Peter Cardew
School of Health and Postgrad Medicine, Central Lancashire University
December 6, 2010

An essential text for students who are considering the legal aspects of future therapy

Mr Peter Cardew
School of Health and Postgrad Medicine, Central Lancashire University
December 6, 2010

Already adopted

Mr Peter Cardew
School of Health and Postgrad Medicine, Central Lancashire University
December 6, 2010

This handbook has already been used in our course as an invaluable resource for our professional issues module. It is user-friendly, comprehensive and relevant to trainees as well as experienced counsellors

Ms Jackie Pounder
Counselor Education , New College Durham
November 14, 2010

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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