The boundaries of the therapeutic relationship are a crucial part of effective therapy. But understanding them, and the effects of power and responsibility, can be intimidating to trainee or newly-qualified therapists. This book will take step by step through everything they need to know to work ethically and safeguard the wellbeing of both themselves and their clients. It tackles: • Contracting and the importance of negotiating and clarifying boundaries with clients • The implications and limits of maintaining confidentiality • Keeping clear sexual boundaries, and how to work around issues safely and appropriately • What happens when circumstances change, and everyday or serious disruptions occur to therapy • The nature of the therapist’s power, and how to employ it responsibly to a client’s benefit P acked with case studies, ethical dilemmas and points for reflection and discussion, this is an essential read for trainee practitioners and qualified therapists looking to ensure safe and ethical practice.
Chapter 7: Saying Goodbye: Therapeutic and Ethical Endings
This chapter will focus on how we can maintain a safe and ethical relationship during the final stage of the therapeutic process. We’ll consider the number of different ways in which therapy can end: sometimes problematic, other times therapeutic. There are several ways in which counsellors can maximise the therapeutic potential of working with endings which we will consider. Our clinical supervision can play a key role in supporting us during times of concern.
In most counselling training, the terms beginning, middle and ending are well used to delineate stages in the therapeutic process. Out of habit, we often concentrate on the meaning and context of these stages rather than the words ...