“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.
Therapy is based on gaining and honouring the trust of clients and client confidentiality. For this reason, requests for disclosure of notes and any other information by courts are viewed by therapists as going against these fundamental principles. Historically lawyers used disclosure in order to extract all potentially useful or interesting information, so that it became common for solicitors to embark on a fishing expedition to get hold of anything that may be adverse to the opponent's case (Jenkins et al., 2004: 81). However, this practice is now discouraged by the courts as being contrary to procedural fairness. Parties to civil proceedings are now restricted to obtaining evidence that is ...