Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors, and Psychotherapists

Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors, and Psychotherapists

Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors, and Psychotherapists

Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors, and Psychotherapists

Synopsis

Closer regulation of psychological counselling means that an awareness of the professional, legal and ethical considerations is vital. The Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice brings together leading therapists and psychologists who have a wealth of knowledge and experience of their subjects. Each chapter places particular emphasis on the current codes of practice and ethical principles underpinning safe ethical practice and the implications for practitioners. Comprehensive coverage of the legal, clinical and ethical considerations involved in research and training is provided and the reflective questions at the end of every chapter serve to prompt further discussion of the issues. The following subjects are covered: ¿ Professional Practice and Ethical Considerations ¿ Legal Considerations and Responsibilities ¿ Clinical Considerations and Responsibilities ¿ Working with Diversity - Professional Practice and Ethical Considerations ¿ Research, Supervision and Training This innovative handbook provides a supportive guide to the major professional, legal and ethical issues encountered by trainees on counselling, clinical psychology and psychotherapy courses, as well as providing an invaluable resource for more experienced therapists and other members of the helping professions.

Excerpt

There is no doubt that professional and ethical practice is a potent and dynamic area. Changes in research and practice, legislation, and professional and ethical guidelines may all mean incremental and paradigm shifts. In addition, changing professional codes of practice, culture, and personal belief systems, as well as the demands of clinical governance, lifelong learning and the likelihood of statutory registration, will also impact upon professional and ethical practice. Accordingly, we believe that the challenges in this area of practice are among the things that make it an interesting and vibrant one. The juxtaposition of the personal and professional is central to professional and ethical practice and is written about in this book by a number of authors. Our aim in producing this book was to make it as comprehensive as possible; inevitably constraints of space (and therefore price) meant that we had to omit areas we might ideally have liked to include. Therefore, we decided to include the areas which, we believe, are of most importance both to trainee therapists, psychologists, and counsellors, and to experienced practitioners. An issue within this area which we believe is vital but did not warrant an entire chapter in this book is the necessity of practitioners taking responsibility for their own continuing professional development (CPD). While different professional bodies have slightly different views and conditions about this, the recognition of continuing professional development for all therapists is becoming mainstream and is in our view an essential requirement of professionalism.

Throughout this book particular emphasis is placed in each chapter on the current codes of practice and ethical principles underpinning safe ethical practice and the implications for practitioners. Therefore each author was asked to focus on the particular professional and ethical issues in his or her area of expertise and on the challenges they present in clinical practice. The importance of considering diversity is also paramount and this theme runs throughout the book. Different audiences may be guided by different ethical codes, cultures of practice and training, among which there are many similarities and some differences. Notwithstanding this, the importance of

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