Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical guide to an essential area of professional knowledge and skills. It provides a unique and informative guide to the nature of counseling contracts, why they are needed and how they are made. For the Second Edition, the book has been thoroughly updated to take account of the BACP ethical framework. New chapters have been added covering legal aspects and making contracts with trainees.

Contracts, Ethics and the Law

Contracts, ethics and the law

Contracts for work with clients are primarily for therapeutic purposes, in order to underpin the quality and focus of the therapist–client working relationship. In this, they carry a significant ethical loading, as the concept of a contract also links strongly to the central philosophical principle of promoting client autonomy. However, the term contract necessarily links, in turn, to a legal perspective on the therapist–client work. Contract is a key component of civil law, even if many therapists seem somewhat unclear as to the exact legal status of the documents they use to guide their work with clients. This chapter will briefly review some of the differing perspectives on therapeutic contracts, their problematic status within the law, ...

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