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Developing and maintaining a secure framework for professional practice is a core part of any counselling and psychotherapy training, as all therapists need to understand the key values, ethics and laws that underpin the profession today. But what does being a member of a ‘profession’ actually mean, and what does being a ‘professional’ actually involve? Structured around the BACP Core Curriculum, and with the help of exercises, case studies and tips for further reading this book covers everything from the requirements of the BACP Ethical Framework to broader perspectives on good professional practice. It includes:  • Practising as a therapist in different roles and organizational contexts  • Working with key issues, including difference, vulnerable clients and risk  • Understanding the law and relevant legal frameworks for practice  • Working ethically, including contrasting models and approaches to ethics.


This book is written primarily for students on qualifying courses in counselling and psychotherapy, as a guide to developing professional practice. Hopefully, it will also be of interest to a wider audience, such as qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, supervisors, service managers and counsellor trainers, in a wide variety of settings. It aims to fill a gap in the market by providing the kind of practical information about the ‘nuts and bolts’ requirements of actually beginning work as a counsellor. This is the book I wish I could have had when I undertook my own professional training.

There are numerous valuable and well-respected books on counselling and psychotherapy, many of which engage with one or other aspect of professional practice, but none of which looks directly ...

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