This third book in the authoritative BACP Legal Resources for Counsellors and Psychotherapists series provides a user-friendly guide to the law for all those practicing and training in the counseling profession.

Barbara Mitchels and Tim Bond make legal issues relevant and bring them alive for the practitioner. Packed with practical examples, this book covers essential areas of law for practitioners including

Professional ethics and standards; Negligence; Contracts and premises; Employment and insurance; Dealing with legal claims; Professional diligence

Other features include a glossary, tables and flowcharts, as well as a comprehensive index of resources and organizations for additional information and guidance. This readable book helps practice managers, counselors and psychotherapists to recognize, understand and address legal issues that may arise in their practice, and assists them in finding any additional resources they may need.

Demystifying the law, this book is an authoritative guide for therapists, including those working in private practice, as well as being important reading for all those studying counseling, psychotherapy or clinical psychology.



Therapists have to work within the framework of national and local law in the same way that any other citizen is required to obey the law. This includes both criminal and civil provisions. Criminal law includes offences against the state, individuals, animals or property, for which some form of punishment may be appropriate. Civil law addresses the rights of citizens and regulates relationships between citizens. Law passed by Parliament or created by the courts can be regarded as authoritative or ‘hard’ law that can be straightforwardly enforced through the courts. The law applies to all counsellors and psychotherapists and to all the aspects of our work. In order to practise within the law, we need to be aware of what it is and how ...

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