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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 ethically as a counsellor or psychotherapist
Working ethically as a counsellor or psychotherapist

This chapter looks at the role and definition of ethics in counselling and psychotherapy, in promoting the welfare of clients and maintaining professional standards on the part of therapists. It considers the shift from codes of ethics to more flexible ethical frameworks. The main focus of the chapter concerns:

  • applying ethics to therapeutic practice;
  • exploring ethical principles and different approaches to ethics;
  • identifying and responding to ethical issues.
Learning context

The BACP Core Curriculum (2009) takes a broad-ranging view of ethics and its relationship to therapeutic practice, while the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2016) provides detailed coverage of ethics, briefly summarised here and then explored in more detail. This chapter explores the background ...

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