This is an accessible and user friendly guide to the theory and practice of relational counseling and psychotherapy. It offers a meta-theoretical framework for the integration of the three most popular counseling and psychotherapy modalities: humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral including mindfulness and compassion based approaches.

This exciting new text: outlines the history of integration in the field of psychotherapy and counseling; clarifies the nature of psychotherapeutic integration; defines different models of integration; provides a clear and rich discussion of what it means to work relationally; outlines a coherent and flexible framework for practice, in terms of theory as well as technique; demonstrates how this framework can be successfully utilized both in brief and long term therapy for a wide range of client issues and problems; provides a detailed guide to working with the Relational-Integrative Model (RIM) for a range of professional issues, including ethics, research, supervision, therapist self-care and personal development

Brimming with vivid case examples, mind-maps and therapeutic dialogue, this invaluable book will help develop the theoretical knowledge and skills base of students, trainers and practitioners alike.

Professional Issues

Professional issues

In this chapter we discuss a number of professional issues that we see as inter-related: ethics, evaluation, the role of research, supervision and personal development.



The Collins English Dictionary defines ethics as:

  • The philosophical study of the moral value of human conduct and of the rules and principles that ought to govern it.
  • A code of behaviour considered correct, particularly that of a given group, profession or individual.
  • The moral fitness of a course of action.

So ethics is to do with being moral, which in turn is defined as:

  • Concerned with or relating to human behaviour, especially the distinction between good and bad.
  • Adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct.
  • Principles of behaviour in accordance with standards of right and wrong.

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