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 and Contract Making

Contracts and contract making

The model in this chapter seeks to shed light on the different facets of the contract in therapy. It is based on the work of Berne (1966), originator of transactional analysis and one of the earliest therapists to write in detail about contracting. He defined a contract as: ‘An explicit bilateral commitment to a well defined course of action’ (1966: 362).

Berne identifies three forms of contract in the therapeutic world: the administrative, the professional and the psychological contracts. This chapter explores the model at the interpersonal level of the practitioner and the client. In Chapter 10, the same model is applied at the institutional and social levels.

The Administrative Contract

Sometimes also referred to as the business contract, this type ...

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