“Therapists in Court provides a clear and useful summary of what to do when faced with legal processes and will be extremely helpful both to counselors called to provide evidence in court and to lawyers who wish to refer their clients for support during the legal process or afterwards.”
-Sarah J. Head, Client Support Manager, Alexander Harris Solicitors
“It is extraordinary that no such work already exists. I predict that Therapists in Court will become not just useful but indispensable to all practitioners, not least because of the accessible and jargon-free language in which the law is conveyed. Ultimately, clients will be the beneficiaries of a better informed profession.”
-Marcel Berlins, Barrister, Author of “The Law Machine”, Media Law Module Leader at City University London, and Guardian Legal Correspondant
Therapists in Court is the first in a series of handbooks providing legal guidance for practitioners from all the talking therapies, including counseling, psychotherapy and psychology. For many practitioners, becoming involved in a court case is a frightening and disturbing experience. The tone of legal letters and the adversarial atmosphere of a courtroom is very different from the usual working environment of therapists.
Therapists in Court is written for practitioners who come into contact with the legal system through their work. Providing practical guidance backed up with illuminating examples, the book is an invaluable source of information in situations such as responding to a solicitor's letter, supporting a witness in their preparation to appear in court, and being called as a witness.
‘A solicitor has written to me demanding all my notes about one of my clients. Do I have to send them?’
‘I have been approached to counsel a very anxious 10-year-old-girl who is waiting to appear as witness in a child abuse case. She has changed from happy outward-going girl to someone who is withdrawn at home and school. She is just the witness, not the victim. Can I counsel her?’
‘My client has asked me to provide a report to help him in a case where he is suing someone following an accident. I am not sure that this is something that I should be doing as therapist. Can he compel me to produce a report? If he can force me to do this, what ...