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.

Counselling Adult Victims and Witnesses
Counselling adult victims and witnesses

This chapter provides an overview of the issues relating to counselling victims of crime or civil wrongs (sometimes referred to by lawyers as torts) and adults who require psychological or personal support in order to appear as witnesses in court. The challenges of offering therapy to people in these circumstances are changed by their involvement with the formal systems of justice. A therapist who is working with an ordinary adult client will usually place a high priority on the well-being of that client and the client's autonomy. This is the usual professional ethic. As soon as a client becomes a witness in court proceedings they are exposing themselves to an environment with different ethical priorities. The ...

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