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Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action

Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action

Fourth Edition

March 2015 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Get 24 months FREE access to an interactive eBook* when you buy the paperback! (Print paperback version only, ISBN9781473913974) To find out more visit:

Textbook with free access to counselling videos and other digital resources!

The fourth edition of this classic text includes FREE access to an interactive eBook edition, which gives you on-the-go access to a wealth of digital resources supporting the print edition. It includes:

·        16 counselling scenario videos

·        16 author discussion videos

·        an interactive glossary

·        journal articles

·        interactive multiple choice questions

·        live links to useful websites, including ethical codes and frameworks relevant to the UK and internationally.

The 16 counselling scenario videos illustrate key ethical topics, issues and dilemmas arising in counselling practice, including: contracting, confidentiality, working with a client with suicidal intent, counselling in a digital age, counsellor self-care - and much more. In the 16 author discussion videos, leading expert Tim Bond gives his reflections on each counselling scenario, to support you in your ethical practice.

Other updates to the new edition include three new chapters on Working with Social Diversity, Counselling in a Digital Age and Being Accountable: Evidence-based Practice and Monitoring and new content on reflective practice to encourage ethical mindfulness.

This is the ultimate guide to standards and ethics in the psychological therapies and a must read for all trainees and practitioners.

Tim Bond is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor to the University of Malta.

We are putting the finishing touches on all of the carefully crafted tools and resources that will soon be available to you on the interactive ebook. 
Please check back soon to see what the interactive ebook has to offer!

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Part I: The Background
What Is Counselling?
Sources of Counselling Ethics
Framework for Counselling Ethics and Standards
Part II: Responsibility to the Client
Safety, Negligence and Insurance
Respect for Client Autonomy
Suicide and Refusing to Accept Life-Saving Treatment
Counsellor Competence
Avoiding the Exploitation of Clients
Counselling in a Digital Age
Working with Social Diversity
Part III: The Counsellor and Others
Responsibility to Oneself, Colleagues and the Community
Counselling Supervision
Being Accountable: Evidence-based Practice and Monitoring
Part IV: The Whole Picture
Ethical Problem-Solving
Implications for Practice

An excellent resources and a must read for all students and researchers.

Mr Paul Matthews
Please select your department, Please select your institution
June 29, 2015

Important supplementary reading for all learners at Level 4.

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
June 4, 2015

The definitive text on standards and ethics, just got even better. Easy to read and easy to follow with a clear layout. Lots of supporting material online. This will be essential reading on the "Professional Issues Ethics & Supervision" Module. My only criticism is that the e-book is available for only two years – degree courses last at least three years!

Dr Alan Priest
School of Nursing Midwifery & Social W, Salford University
May 20, 2015

Comprehensive in the areas it addresses. Key issues for practice identified and structures and strategies for consideration provided.

Ms Melanie Codd
Care, Childhood Studies and Counselling, Coleg Y Cymoedd
May 19, 2015

The interactive web site, and Prof Bond's involvement with the BACP Ethical Framework, as well as his thoughtful writing, make this an excellent choice.

Mr Max Eames
School of Psychology, University of East London
May 14, 2015

Good to have an updated edition of this essential resource.

Mr Gerald Willmore
Chair of Professional Standards, National Counselling Society
May 1, 2015

The classic - updated and essential for all counseling students

Mike Gallant
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Warwick University
April 28, 2015

This book is excellent, in depth and challenging.
The access to online resources is a real bonus. This book should be on every counselling tutor's bookshelf.

counselling, Northbrook College
April 26, 2015

Indispensable. The 'industry standard' for all counselling practitioners and trainees.

Dr Kate Daniels
Language Centre, Cambridge University
February 6, 2015

This book provides a very good overview of the the essential ethical and professional practice issues for trainee practitioners.

Gus Murray
Please select your department, Cork Institute of Technology
February 5, 2015

Changes to the new edition

A new, free interactive eBook provides on-the-go access to a wealth of digital resources including Counselling Scenario videos, Author Discussion videos, an interactive glossary, journal articles, live links to useful websites, reflective questions and interactive exercises.

  • A brand new chapter on Working with Social Diversity, exploring the ethics of counselling across cultural differences and the need to be culturally competent.
  • A brand new chapter on Counselling in a Digital Age.
  • A new chapter on Being Accountable: Evidence-based Practice and Monitoring, including reference to IAPT.
  • Chapter outlines and key words added throughout to highlight at a glance what students will learn in each chapter.
  • Additional content on the relationship between counselling and other helping roles, including coaching and mentoring.
  • New content on reflective practice, reflecting on the reader’s ethical practice and problem solving, and encouraging ethical mindfulness.
  • Increased international content including links to counselling associations around the world and useful resources on differing ethical principles and guidelines.
  • More useful resources/links to relevant organisations, codes and frameworks added throughout.



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Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action: Introduction

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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