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Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Second Edition
Edited by:

June 2006 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition:

`An excellently edited book... It touches upon the core philosophical bases of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, cognitive and humanistic counselling, and explores the complicated and sometimes contradictory nature of contracting within these approaches... The book is written in an accessible language and often uses very powerful imagery to underline its message... I found this book to be extremely stimulating, accessible and readable. I recommend it to all people interested in counselling, and particularly to students of counselling at all levels' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

Contracts in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical guide to an essential area of professional knowledge and skills. Any kind of therapeutic relationship requires an agreement between practitioner and client at the outset. When contracting with clients, practitioners need to consider a whole range of factors including:

" goals of counselling

" theoretical orientation

" brief or open-ended counselling

" different personality types

" ethical and legal issues.

This book provides a unique guide to the nature of counselling contracts, why they are needed and how they are made. For the second edition, the book has been thoroughly updated to take account of the BACP ethical framework. Two new chapters have been added covering the legal aspects of contracting, and how to make contracts with trainees.

Contracts in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Second Edition is an authoritative source of information and practical guidance for trainees and practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy.

Charlotte Sills is Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, and Head of Transactional Analysis Department at Metanoia Institute, London

Charlotte Sills
Introduction: The Therapy Contract
A Mutual Commitment

Charlotte Sills
Contracts and Contract Making
Michael Jacobs
The Use of Contracts in the Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Approach
Frank Wills
Cognitive Therapy
A Down-to-earth and Accessible Approach

Mike Worral
Contracting within Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
Ian Stewart
Outcome-Focused Contracts
Adrienne Lee
Process Contracts
Geoff Mothersole
Contracts and Harmful Behaviour
Charlotte Sills and Max Wide
Making Contracts with Different Personality Types
Peter Jenkins
Contracts, Ethics and the Law
Keith Tudor
Contracts, Complexity and Challenge
Jenifer Elton Wilson
Choosing a Time-limited Counselling or Psychotherapy Contract
Brigid Proctor and Charlotte Sills
Therapy Contracts with Trainee Practitioners
Brigid Proctor
Contracting in Supervision

A comprehensive guide to contracting, this book offers a comprehensive collection of chapters addressing key aspects of the work agreement in the counselling professions. Easy to read, each chapter provides guidance on the fundamental issues to consider in drafting a professional counselling contract, fit for contemporary practice. Useful aspects of Ethics and the Law are highlighted. The modality specific variations accentuate the nuances of contracting of each theory, stressing the importance of setting the frame for clinical work. This book is an essential reading for all trainee counsellors.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
August 19, 2023

Excellent inspiration for practitioners branching out into independent practice

Mrs Rebecca Southall
Counselling Training, GB Prohealth Ltd
November 9, 2012

In this book Sills covers the wide range of areas and issues in Contracting in Counselling. It covers differences in both Model and Context, including Trainee Counsellors and Supervision. The book is well structured and easily navigated.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
April 27, 2010

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