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.

Making Contracts with Different Personality Types

Making contracts with different personality types
CharlotteSills and MaxWide

In Chapter 1, Sills describes how Bordin (1994) identified goals, tasks and bonds as essential elements of the working alliance. Bordin's research suggested that a shared agreement about the goal of the therapeutic encounter is vital to its successful outcome, an assertion which is supported by a wealth of other research evidence. However, finding such a shared agreement – or contract – seems sometimes to be easier said than done. While some clients can readily and easily formulate their goals, others find goal-setting an excruciating experience. They either seem unable to do it, feeling trapped or in some way overlooked by the contract, or they make a contract for a particular change, ...

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