Legal issues in counselling practice
Legal Issues Across Counselling & Psychotherapy Settings: A Guide for Practice by Barbara Mitchels
Legal Issues in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counsellors and psychotherapists are increasingly seeing the impact of legal issues on their practice and yet many feel under-prepared for the challenges they have to face. The first part covers the current legal context of therapeutic work including confidentiality, contracts, data protection and court reports. Chapters include: defining work by leading writers from the therapeutic and legal worlds, as well as an illuminating account by a client who brought a successful case against her therapist. Some areas of therapeutic work are particularly circumscribed by legal issues and the second part examines the specific implications for therapists in relation to:. Looking to the future, the book also examines the implications of professional regulation for all counsellors and psychotherapists. The need for counsellors and psychotherapists to be well informed about the law is rapidly growing. Hosting more than 4, titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.
Lesson Two important ethical issues in the practice of counseling are described below:. Keeping Relationships Professional. Dual Relationships:. Judgment is likely to be affected, impaired,. Such relationships are.
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Firstly and importantly, do make yourself familiar with the stipulations in the Data Protection Act. Checking the present regulations, as well as keeping abreast of any further changes can be done by logging on to www. In legal terms, professional Codes of Practice are not necessarily recognised in a court of law. Whilst they do carry some weight in some courts, it is important to ensure that your record-keeping bible is the Data Protection Act. To cover the first eventuality, do ensure that you have adequate personal insurance cover. There are companies who specialise in insuring self-employed professionals, and it is essential that you arrange this before you see your first client. The second eventuality may result in your being asked to make case notes available to the court.