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.

Outcome-Focused Contracts

Outcome-focused contracts

This chapter is a practical guide to making contracts that will effectively help clients to achieve specific outcomes. I have drawn the material mainly from the practice of transactional analysis (e.g. Berne 1966; Steiner 1974; Woollams and Brown 1979; Stewart and Joines 1987; Stewart 1996, 2000). Interestingly, the conditions for an ‘effective contract’ in TA terms are closely similar to those for a ‘well-formed outcome’ in neuro-linguistic programming (e.g. Cameron-Bandler 1985; Andreas and Andreas 1989). This chapter includes techniques and recommendations drawn from both TA and NLP.

The bulk of the chapter will be devoted to describing a six-stage checklist that you and your client can use to develop an effective outcome-focused contract. First, however, I shall consider the definition of some key ...

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