Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action

Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action

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Full of practical information and procedural guidelines, backed up by useful codes of ethics and practice, this book covers the major responsibilities which both trainee and practising counsellors must be aware of before they take on clients.



Examining issues fundamental to the process of counselling, Tim Bond covers such topics as confidentiality, the legal aspects of counselling, suicidal clients, record keeping and the importance of adequate supervision. He outlines the values and ethical principles inherent in counselling and points out that the counsellor is at the centre of a series of responsibilities: to the client, to him/herself as a counsellor, to other counsellors and colleagues and to the wider community. A wide range of ethical problems are discussed and a process for resolving dilemmas is suggested.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 310g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0803986467
  • 9780803986466

Table of contents

Foreword - Douglas Hooper
PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND
Introduction
What Is Counselling?
The Framework for Ethics and Standards of Practice
PART TWO: RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CLIENT
Client Safety, Legal Liability and Insurance
Client Autonomy
The Suicidal Client
Counsellor Competence
Avoiding the Exploitation of Clients
Confidentiality
PART THREE: THE COUNSELLOR AND OTHERS
Responsibility to Oneself, Colleagues and the Community
Counselling-Supervision
Record-Keeping
Monitoring Counselling
PART FOUR: THE WHOLE PICTURE
Ethical Problem-Solving
Epilogue
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`I read every word from cover to cover, because I could not put it down... Tim Bond gives thought-provoking examples... This book ought to be essential reading for therapists, counsellors, supervisors, trainers and health care workers... it is sensibly constructed, accessible and readable... read it now. It is a book which will help us all to guard the high professional and ethical standards to which responsible workers aspire, and which all our clients are entitled to expect' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling



`This is a thorough, well-written and timely book which reflects the author's work and experience in this most important area of counselling theory and practice... the book is logical, sequential, coherent and accessible... highly recommended: essential on every counselling course reading list as well as on counsellors' own bookshelves. Most crucially, however, the principles and discussions of the book need to be integrated into the practice of counselling in Britain today' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling





`This book is very timely. Tim Bond writes from experience with authority... So many people claim to be "counselling" others these days without anyone checking what is involved... This book provides standards against which to evaluate the "counselling" provided and the competence of the counsellor. Many key issues are covered including confidentiality, legal issues, record keeping and the role of supervision. A whole chapter is devoted to the suicidal client - something most of us have anxieties about... It should be available to all who claim to be providing counselling' - British Journal of Psychiatry





`Clinical psychologists in the UK interested in ethical issues have no standard text and must glean information from various sources... Tim Bond's book is a useful additional source... The style is clear despite the complex material and concepts covered. There are many practical suggestions and observations reflecting the author's personal experience both as a counsellor and member of the BAC Standards and Ethics Committee. Legal issues in the UK, supervision issues and confidentiality are particularly well covered... The book also contains many interesting insights, asides and references... this text is useful to anyone involved with psychological therapy' - Clinical Psychology Forum





`An important and timely addition to the excellent series... written in a lucid style with a structure that enables the reader to dip into it at leisure. I liked the use of example vignettes in the presentation of ethical dilemmas as they helped to illustrate the connection between abstract principles and real life problems... Although primarily aimed at trainee and practising counsellors, topics such as confidentiality and avoiding the exploitation of clients are relevant to all mental health clinicians and I would not hesitate in recommending this book to them' - The International Journal of Social Psychiatry





`The author has drawn upon his social work, legal and counselling background to produce a truly inspiring handbook which is highly practical in providing guidelines for action... The book is an excellent addition to the Counselling in Action series and deserves to reach a wider reading public than counsellors and therapists' - Behaviour Research & Therapy





`Extremely relevant to Samaritan volunteers and particularly Samaritan trainers, covering issues which volunteers meet every time they answer the phone in the centre... a solid book, full of useful insights that will be thought-provoking but will also underpin the Samaritan principles and practices' - The Samaritan





`Although the book has a very specific audience, it is an important one for that audience... the book fills an important gap and the author is very qualified to write it... The coverage of issues is good' - Contemporary Psychology
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About Tim Bond

Tim Bond is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor to the University of Malta. He has a longstanding commitment to researching and writing about professional ethics for the talking therapies and promoting mental well-being. He is currently a consultant to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy on professional ethics and standards, a member of the Ethics Committee for the British Psychological Society and the Executive Council of the International Association for Counselling. He is a registered member of BACP and provides counselling supervision and training workshops.
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