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Legal Issues Across Counselling & Psychotherapy Settings
A Guide for Practice



September 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This fourth book in the authoritative BACP Legal Resources for Counsellors & Psychotherapists series provides practical examples and applications of the law as it applies to therapists in the many different contexts of their work.

Helping practitioners move between different practice settings, the book explores how the legal framework within which they work varies across contexts. It introduces practitioners to the statutory structure and obligations of different types of counseling and psychotherapy services, setting out implications for practice such as liability and accountability. Work settings covered include:

• Private practice

• Commercial organizations – Employee Assistance Programs

• Voluntary sector

• Government Health settings (NHS): primary and secondary

• Private Health settings: primary and secondary

• Education/Schools/FE/HE

• Social services

• Police and Home Office

For each setting, the book considers the statutory basis, how the legal framework impacts on services to clients, systemic issues such as bullying or prejudicial discrimination, responsibility for decision making, and the restrictions and empowerment of therapists and clients within the context of that setting.

This book is an essential reference for counseling practitioners working across a range of practice settings, including those with portfolio careers. It is also important reading for all those studying counseling, psychotherapy or clinical psychology.

 
Private Practice
 
Commercial and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Provision
 
Voluntary Work
 
Working with Adults in the Context of Social Care Agencies
 
Education
 
The National Health Service (NHS) and Private Health Care
 
Counselling in Spiritual or Pastoral Settings
 
Working with Children and Young People
 
Adoption Support Services
 
Forensic Work
 
Counselling in Police and Home Office Settings

Provides additional information for practical and legal issues for students working with mental health professionals.

Mrs Rebecca Weston
Institute of Health & Society, Worcester University
October 3, 2016

I will be recommending this book in all my courses from level 3 upwards

Ms Liz Swanson
Early Years Health and Care, South Essex College - Basildon
July 1, 2016

Text was easy to read and understand. Information is current and relevant.

Ms Rosie Byrom
Counselling Department, Riverside College Halton
February 24, 2016

This text does not fit well to the UK setting. It is good generic book but better for american settings than UK.

Frances Blumenfeld
Psychology , Essex University
June 10, 2015

Excellent resource for trainees and qualified practitioners.

Ms Stephanie Revell
Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
March 9, 2015

A very useful book for a range of programmes in health, social care and counselling

Dr Martin Smith
Social Science, Nottingham Trent University
January 5, 2012

I have recommended this book to my students for its clarity with regard to legal issues in counselling and psychotherapy. It is an extremely effective reference tool and offers clear up to date guidance.

Dr Bill Naylor
Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
November 17, 2011

Comprehensive, up to date and practical volume.

Mr James Pope
HE Counselling, KGV College/Edge Hill University
November 16, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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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