Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law is the long-awaited Second Edition of Peter Jenkins' comprehensive introduction to legal issues in relation to counselling and psychotherapy in the UK. This text has been fully updated to include coverage of the key developments in the law that have had major impact on therapists' practice with regard to data protection and the management of confidentiality. The book breaks new ground by exploring in detail the relationship of ethics to the law and providing a framework for relating the BACP Ethical Framework to legal decision-making. Key features of this new edition include: " extensive use of case studies. These bring legal examples to life and give a human dimension to powerful ethical dilemmas such as seeking agreement to end medical treatment, or client's gaining access to their own confidential records " key points, which provide quick summaries of complex material and reference guides for professional practice " the multiple points of crossover and intersection of law and therapy.These are identified and explored, ranging from the use of narrative theory, to the provision of pre-trial therapy for abused children, to the role of the therapist as expert witness.
This new edition provides clarity and reassurance for practitioners at all levels about the exact nature of their responsibilities, and how these can best be managed, in order to enable them to comply with the law and focus on their therapeutic work with clients. Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law, Second Edition provides an essential source of reference in a single volume, making a fascinating and complex topic understandable and bringing it to life. Peter Jenkins, formerly a member of the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and currently a member of the Ethics Committee of the UKCP, has been described by Counselling at Work as 'probably the foremost authority on legal issues in counselling'. He is Co-Director of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Directorate at the University of Salford.
THERAPY, ETHICS AND THE LAW Therapy and the Law Ethical Principles and the law THE LEGAL CONTEXT OF THERAPY Content and Structure of the Law Communicating Information Law Relating To Service Provision and Employment THERAPISTS, COURTS AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM Reform of the Civil Law System Structure of the Court System Practical Aspects of Therapists' Involvement with the Courts Professional Aspects of Therapists' Involvement with the Courts PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE, LIABILITY AND DUTY OF CARE Professional Negligence Therapy Case Law Indemnity Insurance and Professional Protection Societies CONFIDENTIALITY, PRIVILEGE AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST Confidentiality Privilege and Confidentiality Confidentiality and the Public Interest Breaking Confidentiality DATA PROTECTION AND ACCESS TO CLIENT RECORDS Recording Therapeutic Work Access to Client Material THERAPY WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE The Rights of Children and Young People Key Issues in Therapy with Children and Young People Settings for Therapy with Children and Young People STATUTORY REGULATION OF THERAPISTS Statutory Recognition of Therapy Statutory Regulation of Therapists Therapy, Professional Power and Society