“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.
The sight of an official-looking envelope from a solicitor peering out from under a pile of junk mail is enough to instil a sense of fear and trepidation among most therapists. A common first reaction is to open the letter with the intention of complying fully with what is being requested. The solicitor headed paper, official tone of the contents, and the authoritative demands made, are all designed to play on the reader's anxiety that any refusal to comply will mean some kind of legal reprimand or lead them to being hauled up in front of the judge. Lawyers know their letters can be intimidating to the lay person. They are not above using scare tactics in order to extract all the ...