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Confidentiality and Record Keeping in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Recording Confidences

Confidentiality and Record Keeping in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Recording Confidences

Paperback Legal Resources for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

By (author) Tim Bond, By (author) Barbara Mitchels, By (author) Amanpreet Sandhu

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 230mm x 12mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 26 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1412912709
  • ISBN 13: 9781412912709
  • Sales rank: 147,997

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'This is an excellent book...Those involved in writing agency policy as well as therapists working within these structures and independently should view this as a mainstay of their reference library. Trainers and supervisors will also find it invaluable' - "Therapy Today Journal", December 2008. 'This book is an original, insightful, comprehensive and practical guide for all working in the field...a must read for any counsellor or psychotherapist or anybody else working in the field of psychological therapies' - Professor Cary L. Cooper, CBE, President of BACP. 'There are few legal issues as important to clients and their therapists as confidentiality and record keeping. This book is essential reading for all counsellors and psychotherapists' - Esther Rantzen, Chair & Founder of Childline and Vice President of BACP. Confidentiality is an essential condition of counselling and psychotherapy that enables clients to talk honestly and openly about their situation. As a core aspect of everyday practice, therapists need to understand both the legal and ethical implications of providing confidentiality and of keeping records concerning their clients. "Confidentiality and Record Keeping in Counselling and Psychotherapy" provides a practical introduction to the topic, containing guidance on: why and how records should be kept; how to balance therapeutic benefits from keeping records with potential legal ramifications; confidentiality agreements with clients in a variety of therapeutic settings; and, confidentiality in training and supervision.

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Author information

Amanpreet Sandhu was, until recently, Legal Resource Manager at the British Association for Counselling, Rugby Tim Bond is Reader in Counselling and Professional Ethics at the University of Bristol

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'This book is an original, insightful, comprehensive and practical guide for all working in the field...a must read for any counsellor or psychotherapist or anybody else working in the field of psychological therapies' - Professor Cary L. Cooper, CBE, President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Table of contents

Recording Confidences Walking the Tightrope A Right to Confidentiality The Client's Perspective Confidentiality As Legal Responsibility Obligations of the Therapist Responding to Dilemmas Over Confidentiality Confidentiality in Supervision, Training, Research and Audit Record-Keeping Basic Responsibilities How Long to Keep Records? Record Keeping A Case Study Sharing Information Between Professionals Developing Agency Policy and Practice A Case Study Mental Capacity, Parental Responsibility and Consent Recording Confidences Practical Guidelines