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 12: Therapy Contracts with Trainee Practitioners
Therapy Contracts with Trainee Practitioners
It is a rare situation when a client is ‘required’ to have counselling. Occasionally, it may be a provision of a probation or prison order, or part of an ultimatum by a disgruntled spouse. It is a strange fact that the single largest group of ‘enforced clients’ consists of those whose counselling or psychotherapy training makes ‘personal therapy’ a requirement of the course. As a training requirement, such therapy/counselling is different in kind from that which is freely sought as a result of ‘choice, change, or confusion reduction’ (Gilmore 1997). This requirement, though widespread, is a subject of ongoing professional controversy and there has been insufficient research into its efficacy. We believe that there ...