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Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Ethics and the Law

© 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

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