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.

Appearing as a Witness
Appearing as a witness

Being asked to give evidence can be a daunting prospect for therapists, especially as the law frequently requires that any fact, which needs to be proved, is to be established by giving oral evidence in public, particularly in criminal cases. The transparency of this style stands in direct opposition to the way in which therapists approach their work. Therapy is more about taking time to talk and working through issues, generally over a long period of time. Trials on the other hand involve presenting succinct verbal arguments in open court. For example, they are rarely objective inquiries into past events, but adversarial contests in which parties, who have a vested interest in the outcome, not only decide what ...

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