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Values & Ethics in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Values & Ethics in Counselling and Psychotherapy

April 2014 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book offers an introduction to values and ethics in counselling and psychotherapy, helping you to develop the ethical awareness needed throughout the counselling process. The book covers:

-  Context and emergence of ethics in counselling

-  Exercises to explore personal and professional values

-  Tools to develop ethical mindfulness

-  Differences between therapeutic models

-  Relational ethics

-  Ethical dilemmas and issues

-  Practice issues including confidentiality, boundaries and autonomy versus beneficence.

Using in-depth case studies of counselling students, the author demonstrates the constant relevance of values and ethics to counselling and psychotherapy, equipping trainees with the tools to successfully navigate values and ethics in their professional practice.


Dedication and Acknowledgements
What are your personal values?
How are values relevant to therapy?
Therapy Ethics
Ethics in healthcare
Ethics in counselling and psychotherapy
Making ethical decisions
Counselling, psychotherapy and society
Ethical mindfulness
Practice Issues
Values and ethics in models of therapy
Autonomy vs. beneficence
Particular boundary issues

Gillian Proctor has produced an insightful and thought-provoking book that takes us to the heart of human relating.  She makes values and ethics a central part of the therapeutic process and this is illustrated throughout by a range of vignettes that skilfully balnce theory with practice. It is a book that speaks to the soul.

Dr Alistair Ross
Director of Psychodynamic Studies, University Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Dean of Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Gillian Proctor has yet again given us a thought-provoking and compelling textbook.  This latest book will be a very welcome publication for trainers, trainee practitioners and supervisors in particular.  It is also a richly portrayed and  ethically mindful journey through counselling processes and relationships that will be invaluable for therapists across the psychological therapies.

Dr Lynne Gabriel
Associate Professor and Reader, York St John University

This, coupled with its unusual literary device, makes [Values and Ethics in Counselling and Psychotherapy] book ideal for experienced therapists’ groups and offers a ready-made CPD opportunity.

Louise Guy, counsellor psychotherapist and supervisor
Therapy Today

I am glad I read this book. Even though I have often focused on values and ethics in counselling, teaching and supervision over a long career in academia and beyond, this book meaningfully deepened my understanding of the subject, the complexity of the subject and the breadth of literature that has addressed the subject.

Dr Howard Kirschenbaum, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair, Department of Counseling and Human Development, Warner School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester, New York, USA
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

When I started reading I quickly realised that this is the best book I have read on ethics since Tim Bond's seminal Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action (2010). ?While this volume does not replace Bond's, it does complement it, as it is an entirely different kind of book [...] This should be essential reading for all counselling and psychotherapy courses, on an almost equal footing with Bond's work. Not replacing it, but as the new 'next best thing', a book that counselling has lacked up to now. I can give it no higher praise than that.  

Heather Dale, senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield
Private Practice Journal

A good book that gets students to start to think about the self. Encourages introspection, looking inwards rather than externally at those the helper is looking to help. Encourages self-exploration.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
April 29, 2022

Gives a nuanced exploration of ethical and philosophical concepts relevant to counselling studies students. Complements other standard texts (e.g. Bond) in the field of counselling ethics.

Mrs Ruth Roberts
Psychology & Counselling, Newman University
May 16, 2018

The person-centred approach to counselling requires therapists to consider their values and ethics .This book encourages reflection and offers a great insight into the roots of philosophical schools and also introduces contemporary thinking. Dr Proctor approaches complex ideas in a very accessible way . Its an excellent book and our students are buying it.

Ms Catherine Hayes
School of Education, Nottingham University
November 19, 2015

Really encourages our learners to explore their own values and the potential impacts of these on the work they do

Mrs Julie K Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
September 14, 2015

easy to read and navigate

Mrs deborah regan
Humanities , Havering College of FE & HE
November 16, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: What are your personal values?

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