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.



Is there a difference between an agreement and a contract?

What makes a legal contract?

As a therapist, this year I signed an employment contract with a counselling agency an insurance agreement, a contract for room hire for my private work, and yet another for supervision. Are all these contracts governed by the same legal rules?

I never know what to put into a therapeutic contract. There is so much to think about, sometimes I just wonder … ‘What could I safely leave out?’

Should I offer all my clients a standard contract with the same terms or make different therapeutic contracts to suit each client?

Do we have to put the therapeutic contract in writing? That all seems so formal somehow …

Do clients have duties under therapeutic contracts ...

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