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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.

Working with key client issues in therapeutic practice
Working with key client issues in therapeutic practice

This chapter will look at a number of key client-related issues that are at the heart of professional counselling practice. These include:

  • working with difference and avoiding discrimination in counselling;
  • working with risk to self, to the client or to third parties;
  • safeguarding adult clients in counselling.
Learning context

The BACP Core Curriculum (2009) emphasises the importance of valuing diversity, thorough risk assessment and effective liaison with other services, as does the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (BACP, 2016). While the Core Curriculum sets out what needs to be formally taught and assessed in the training of counsellors on accredited courses, the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions details the necessary elements of ...

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