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 6: Process Contracts
Process contracts are those that are made moment-by-moment during the counselling or psychotherapy session as part of the interpersonal process in the here and now. They are characterised by the therapist's continuous close tracking with her client's thinking, feeling and behaviour, and by her using each change in her client's process to confirm completion and success and move on to the next contract. The usual method for eliciting this process is to ask the client ‘What do you want now?’ and use the reply to find some means by which the contract can be fulfilled immediately in the therapy session. Although this form of contracting is effective in individual therapy it is particularly effective in group work where the inter-personal resources are ...