Boundaries, Power and Ethical Responsibility in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Publication Year: 2017
Subject: Counseling Ethics & the Law
The boundaries of the therapeutic relationship are a crucial part of effective therapy. But understanding them, and the effects of power and responsibility, can be intimidating to trainee or newly-qualified therapists. This book will take step by step through everything they need to know to work ethically and safeguard the wellbeing of both themselves and their clients. It tackles: • Contracting and the importance of negotiating and clarifying boundaries with clients • The implications and limits of maintaining confidentiality • Keeping clear sexual boundaries, and how to work around issues safely and appropriately • What happens when circumstances change, and everyday or serious disruptions occur to therapy • The nature of the therapist’s power, and how to employ it responsibly to a client’s benefit P ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: What are Boundaries?
- Chapter 2: Defining Ethics, Power and Responsibility
- Chapter 3: Setting Out Together: Contracting
- Chapter 4: Holding Confidentiality
- Chapter 5: Navigating Dual Relationships
- Chapter 6: Keeping Clear and Safe Sexual Boundaries
- Chapter 7: Saying Goodbye: Therapeutic and Ethical Endings
- Chapter 8: Repairing Ruptures and Attending to Difficulties
- Chapter 9: Client-led Ruptures
- Chapter 10: Boundaries and Good Practice in Action
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First published 2017
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This book is dedicated to my amazingly tolerant family and friends for their combination of encouragement, patience and good humour[Page vi]
About the Author
There are several people I would like to thank for their support during the research, compilation and writing of this book. To begin with, a massive thank you to Andrew Reeves for his unfailing support, wisdom and editing wizardry; the team at Sage for their tolerance and experience; Christine Bitten for her keen eye and sound suggestions; and Andy, for allowing me to impose on his reading habits.
Thanks also to Jim Carmichael for his generosity of time to share his considerable knowledge on the philosophy and history of ethics. And thank you to David MacAllan, Laura Buchanan, Rosemary Stewart and Lynn Taylor for adopting an interested expression and not wandering off when I started talking about ethical dilemmas in the snug.
Last, but not least, a quiet but incredibly grateful ‘thank you’ to all my clients, students, supervisor (and a couple of random strangers) who have contributed in more ways than they can ever know![Page x]
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