This exciting new edition provides an overview of the main professional, ethical and research issues that are required knowledge for counsellors, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists engaging in therapeutic or clinical work. These issues form part of the curriculum and practice requirements of all the major counselling, psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry professional organisations (including BACP, BPS, HCPC, RCP, UKCP, IACP, IPS and IAHIP).

Divided in six clearly defined sections, this book will provide a comprehensive overview of all the major professional practice and ethical issues in one edited volume. The authors are well-known experts in their fields and their work has been brought together with clarity and helpful features, including reflective questions and case vignettes. This new edition has also been updated to include content on social justice, community psychology and professional guidelines, reflecting the latest academic research and clinical developments.

This book is unique in the breadth of issues covered and its focus on therapeutic practice. It will be of interest to practitioners and students of psychotherapy, counselling and psychiatry.

Part 1 Professional Practice and Ethical Considerations

1. Introduction

Rachel Tribe and Jean Morrissey

2. Service User Involvement, Ethics and Power in Therapy Services

Premila Trivedi

3. Psychological Contracts: Hidden Agreements in Life and at Work

Michael Carroll and Rachel Tribe

4. New Challenges for Professional Ethics and Good Practice Guidelines for Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Therapists

Hannah Farndon, Nicola Gale and Sarah Niblock


Part 2 Legal Considerations and Responsibilities

5. Client Confidentiality and Data Protection

Peter Jenkins

6. The Legal Context of Therapy

Peter Jenkins

7. Writing a Report for use in Court and Appearing in Court as a Health Professional and/or Expert Witness

Allan Winthrop

8. Regulation, Learning from Complaints

Brian Lindfield


Part 3 Clinical Considerations and Responsibilities

9. Fitness to Practise

Nicola Barden and Ruth Caleb

10. The Role of Social Media in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Mary Creaner

11. Adverse Effects of Psychological Therapies

Lorna Farquharson


Part 4 Working with Diversity: Professional Practice and Ethical considerations

12. Ethical Considerations When Working with Young People

Colman Noctor

13. Professional and Ethical Issues in Working with Older Adults

Afreen Huq. Maureen McIntosh and Rachel Tribe

14. Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

Neil Rees

15. Professional and Ethical Practice in a Multicultural and Multiethnic Society

Julio Torales and Israel Gonzalez-Urbieta


Part 5 Research, Supervision and Training

16. Research in Therapeutic Practice Settings: Ethical Considerations

Trishna Patel

17. Evidence-Based Practice: the Ethical Dimension

Kenneth Gannon

18. Teaching Ethics for Professional Practice

Maria Castro Romero

19. Training Supervision: Professional and Ethical Considerations

Jean Morrissey

20. Trainee Perspectives on Professional, Ethical and Research Practice

Rachel Tribe

21. Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Professional and Ethical Considerations

Lucia Berdondini and Thomas Elton

22. Clinical Vignettes and Reflective Questions

Jean Morrissey and Rachel Smith


Part 6  Social Inclusion

23. Social Justice Theory and Practice

Haneyeh Belyani and Claire Marshall

24. Ethical and Professional Issues in Community Psychology

Angela Byrne

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