`Useful for the insights about introducing a new service into the general practice environment' - Family Practice Counselling practitioners in primary care settings have unique circumstances to contend with. This book offers practical guidance for managing the issues these counsellors face, exploring the complex dynamics of health care teams and providing a guide to the safe and effective practice of counselling in primary health care contexts. The book highlights potential sources of difficulty for this group, from needing to maximize therapeutic contact while using time-limited techniques, to working with a wide range of patients and problems and relying increasingly on evidence-based practi

Deeper Issues in Collaboration: Avoiding Pitfalls and Managing Internal Boundaries

Deeper Issues in Collaboration: Avoiding Pitfalls and Managing Internal Boundaries

Deeper issues in collaboration: Avoiding pitfalls and managing internal boundaries

The previous chapter dealt with some of the interpersonal issues that are raised in the course of collaborative practice. Professional colleagues and members of the practice may themselves ask for help from a counsellor. In this event, it is important that the general practice counsellor has her own personal boundaries firmly in place so that her seemingly good nature does not inadvertently jeopardize any professional relationship. It is suggested that a good professional working relationship cannot be the same as a good therapeutic relationship, and if the two should become confused, both may be lost. To clarify this further, we must first consider more closely the ...

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