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Creative Ethical Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Creative Ethical Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy

March 2012 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Can I be a creative therapist without overstepping boundaries and risking complaints?

Can I practise safely and ethically whilst remaining true to my humanistic values?

This book answers 'Yes' by offering a safety net to trainees and therapists working in the context of today's 'complaints culture'. Exploring what safe and creative practice means in relation to the key cornerstones in therapy, the authors offer practical guidance to assist the reader in reflecting on and negotiating the challenges of boundaries, legalities and defensive practice. Creative Ethical Practice for Counselling & Psychotherapy considers the necessary structures and processes that must inform creative, humanistic practice for it to be a safe, ethical therapeutic framework.

Packed with reflective exercises, summaries, case examples and step-by-step guidance, this book takes the reader from establishing the therapeutic relationship to worst-case scenarios like complaints procedures and legal action. It is essential reading for legal & ethical modules on all counselling courses.

Patti Owens, Michael Wilson and Bee Springwood are all humanistic and integrative therapists and members of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) as well as the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Contemporary Therapeutic Practice
Cornerstones of Therapy
Creating and Maintaining Therapy Agreements
Framing the Therapeutic Process
Dealing with Mistakes in Therapeutic Practice
Reviewing Your Practice and Looking Forward

'An exciting and important book, which demonstrates that ethical practice can be - in fact, must be - alive and creative as well as safe and boundaried' -

Nick Totton, author of Wild Therapy

'This book reminded me of the inspirational work of James Bugenthal, no praise is higher. It is both a helpful and practical guide, encouraging a deep enquiry into the values that counsellors and psychotherapists bring to their work, and at the same time a source of wisdom in its own right, one that draws on the evidently rich experience of the authors. Experienced practitioners, reviewing and reflecting on their practice, have much to gain from it, so too do senior trainees approaching accreditation. It has a special value to trainers by means of a highly imaginative and accessible use of exercises and vignettes that help capture the true nature of the therapeutic encounter' -
Sean Maloney, UKCP registered psychotherapist and supervisor and Chair of Ethics for the Karuna Institute

excellent addition, helpful to clarify ethical practice

Ms Deborah Flynn-Harland
Humanities , Worthing Sixth Form College
October 18, 2015

A very useful text book for our year 2 skills courses where we want to encourage students to think confidently and creatively about ethical situations.

Holly Connolly
Counselling Department, Chichester University
June 30, 2015

A useful book to help take the fear out of making the unfamiliar familiar.

Mrs Izzy Poyntz
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
October 24, 2014

Thoughtful and relevant. Full of useful resources

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology & Mental Health, Staffordshire University
October 13, 2014

Does what it says and gets you thinking out of the box about ethical issues

Mr Simon O'Donohoe
Faculty of Care, Child Care, Entry Level, Counselling, and Landbased Studies, Carmarthenshire College
August 12, 2014

This book provides some interesting perspectives on ethical dilemmas that can occur in the workplace applicable to any practising therapist or trainee.

Ms Malin Sellden
Department of Psychology, London Metro UNI (City Campus)
July 22, 2014

Some useful information that can be used to supplement students' understanding of ethical practice.

Mrs Denise Hardy
Dept of Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College
September 23, 2013

A completely different approach to an important subject

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
August 9, 2013

A useful and informative book to stimulate trainee discussion

Mrs Gillian Salter
Education Health Social Care, Eastleigh College
August 6, 2013

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