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.
Chapter 11: Choosing a Time-Limited Counselling or Psychotherapy Contract
Choosing a Time-Limited Counselling or Psychotherapy Contract
The Problem with Short-Term Contracts
For many practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy, the prospect of placing a time limit upon a therapeutic commitment is still seen as both unwelcome and uninspiring. Short-term contracts are often limited to the pragmatic agreements of the administrative contract with some attention being paid to the impact of these time limitations upon the professional contract but little or no thought being given to the use which could now be made of the psychological contract (see Chapter 1). It is as if the imposition of a time boundary paralyses the talent, knowledge and emotional investment of the practitioner. Not only has time become limited but restrictions in meaningful ...