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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 professional issues in therapeutic practice
Working with key professional issues in therapeutic practice

This chapter looks at some key professional issues for counsellors and psychotherapists. Counselling practice is undergoing a period of rapid change and adjustment. This is happening in response to the shifts in the organisation and delivery of the talking therapies, initiated, and indeed accelerated, by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. These professional issues include:

  • working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • understanding the shift towards evidence-based practice;
  • exploring the ‘stepped care’ model of service delivery;
  • using outcome measures to evaluate counselling.
Learning context

The BACP Core Curriculum (2009) emphasises a number of interrelated themes with regard to professional practice. These include working in multi-disciplinary teams and settings and managing the counselling ...

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