Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law
Key features of this new edition include:
" extensive use of case studies. These bring legal examples to life and give a human dimension to powerful ethical dilemmas such as seeking agreement to end medical treatment, or client's gaining access to their own confidential records
" key points, which provide quick summaries of complex material and reference guides for professional practice
" the multiple points of crossover and intersection of law and therapy. These are identified and explored, ranging from the use of narrative theory, to the provision of pre-trial therapy for abused children, to the role of the therapist as expert witness.
This new edition provides clarity and reassurance for practitioners at all levels about the exact nature of their responsibilities, and how these can best be managed, to enable them to comply with the law and focus on their therapeutic work with clients. Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law, Second Edition is an essential point of reference for practitioners, making a daunting and complex topic understandable and bringing it to life.
This is a book for the current times, where the professions are experiencing a heightened concern for ethical behaviour among their practitioners. Peter Jenkins appreciates the dilemmas facing the professions offering counselling and psychotherapy, especially that of the protected space versus the protected professional. Helpful to the reader are the boxes and case studies throughout the text. The boxes outline key points. The case studies are excerpts from law reports, published personal accounts by clients and books by therapists and bring immediacy and life to the concepts. While directed at a UK audience of counsellors and psychotherapists, this book is suitable for the Australian context. This is a valuable book for those practicing counselling and psychotherapy.
Despite requiring real concentration, this is an essential read for counsellors and psychotherapists irrespective of background and theoretical orientation. Trainers, supervisors and agency coordinators especially would benefit from the up to date material contained here.
Jenkins' book makes the law relevant, understandable and manageable to counsellors and psychotherapists. It makes clear, reassuring and essential reading for therapists in training as well as those in practice. [All] counsellors and psychotherapisys need to be up to speed with the law and with how it relates to their work. This book is more than timely with the impending introduction of regulation, and the fact that increasingly the work of counsellors and psychotherapists is being subjected to legal scrutiny.
Peter Jenkins has consulted widely over the content of this book, both within the psychological therapies field and with legal eagles. [His] use of clear flow diagrams and comparison boxes enable the reader to identify the similarities and differences between professional and moral/ethical debates. It is a thoroughly researched and accessible text.
A comprehensive overview of a rapidly evolving field. This book represents a helpful addition to practitioners' bookshelves as a reference work, but also a beneficial read to stimulate thoughtful responses to practical dilemmas. It provides a good support to both therapeutic and supervision practices across the spectrum of experience and theoretical models.
Clear, concise access to understanding and applying the law in relation to counselling and psychotherapy. Provides key overview of the impact of the law for counsellors. Enables students to recognise their ethical boundaries within the therapeutic environment.
This is an excellent book for students preparing to go out on placement, it gives a detailed account of ethical/legal considerations of their work and uses case studies/examples throughout. This book will be a valuable resource for our students and is being recommended as essential reading
Excellent, readable and down to earth material and scenarios. I used this book with 2nd year BSc counselling students just recently and they all agree that it is the one book that every trainee and therapist should have on the shelf.
Highly recommended, comprehensive text on psychotherapy and the law. Good chapters on a variety of aspects such as confidentiality, data protection etcetera. Students have found this to be a good resource for their essays and presentations. Not only a good introductory text.
A standard on this topic which is readable and easy for students to use