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Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action

Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action

Fourth Edition
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March 2015 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Get 24 months FREE access to an interactive eBook* when you buy the paperback! (Print paperback version only, ISBN 9781473913974)

Textbook with free access to counselling videos and other digital resources!

The fourth edition of this classic text includes FREE access to an interactive eBook edition, which gives you on-the-go access to a wealth of digital resources supporting the print edition. It includes:

·        16 counselling scenario videos

·        16 author discussion videos

·        an interactive glossary

·        journal articles

·        interactive multiple choice questions

·        live links to useful websites, including ethical codes and frameworks relevant to the UK and internationally.

The 16 counselling scenario videos illustrate key ethical topics, issues and dilemmas arising in counselling practice, including: contracting, confidentiality, working with a client with suicidal intent, counselling in a digital age, counsellor self-care - and much more. In the 16 author discussion videos, leading expert Tim Bond gives his reflections on each counselling scenario, to support you in your ethical practice.

Other updates to the new edition include three new chapters on Working with Social Diversity, Counselling in a Digital Age and Being Accountable: Evidence-based Practice and Monitoring and new content on reflective practice to encourage ethical mindfulness.

This is the ultimate guide to standards and ethics in the psychological therapies and a must read for all trainees and practitioners.

Tim Bond is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor to the University of Malta.

*interactivity only available through the eBook packaged with the paperback edition.

Part I: The Background
What Is Counselling?
Sources of Counselling Ethics
Framework for Counselling Ethics and Standards
Part II: Responsibility to the Client
Safety, Negligence and Insurance
Respect for Client Autonomy
Suicide and Refusing to Accept Life-Saving Treatment
Counsellor Competence
Avoiding the Exploitation of Clients
Counselling in a Digital Age
Working with Social Diversity
Part III: The Counsellor and Others
Responsibility to Oneself, Colleagues and the Community
Counselling Supervision
Being Accountable: Evidence-based Practice and Monitoring
Part IV: The Whole Picture
Ethical Problem-Solving
Implications for Practice


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This book clearly lays out the range of areas that all reflective practitioners need to consider as we move towards the professionalisation of psychological therapies.

An excellent source of reference for both experienced practitioners and those in training, this book defines the ethical responsibilities that require a depth of consideration throughout the practitioner's career.

The Psychological Therapies course team at Leeds Beckett University will definitely introduce this latest edition to the 'must read' list, from Cert through Dip PG/HE, BSc and Masters courses.  

Brian Charlesworth
Leeds Beckett University

Tim Bond’s Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action, now in its 4th edition and with an interactive eBook, brings the theory and practice of counselling ethics into the 21st century. Reflecting changes in counselling terminology (e.g. people vs individuals), and with additional chapters on counselling in the digital age, working with social diversity and evidence-based practice, Bond reflects on the challenges of contemporary counselling practice while continuing to maintain core principles and practices to guide ethical decision making. Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action has reliably been prescribed reading in our Ethics and Professional Practice subjects; updated and with the accompanying counselling scenario videos it is both an invaluable and timely resource for counselling training programs, students and practitioners alike.

Kathleen Gregory PhD
Course Convener, Master of Counselling, School of Psychology and Counselling, La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia

The fourth edition of Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action is a valuable resource for people undertaking training in Counselling Psychology or Counselling. The book takes the concept of ethics and brings it to life, with ethical scenarios and dilemmas throughout the various chapters.

The book is full of up-to-date and relevant information. The chapter on ‘Counselling in a Digital Age’ is particularly relevant and current, and it helps to answer many of the questions asked by trainees and qualified practitioners alike.

The author presents the subject of counselling ethics and standards of practice in an accessible, interactive and engaging format. A comprehensive yet easy to read resource that will complement teaching of ethics within Counselling and Counselling Psychology, highly recommended.

Dr Jessica McCarrick
Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University

Tim Bond’s book has been a staple of teaching ethics in counselling psychology for many years.  This new edition promises to be even better with the web-based video material that students like so much to bring topics alive.  The new chapters too on for example the Digital Age and Working with Social Diversity ensure it brings ethics into the forefront of modern psychological practice.  The chapter that endures in relevance for most people I think is the one on Ethical Problem-solving; students learn the framework by heart and it is something that then equips them throughout their clinical practice.

Nicola Gale
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, City University London

The revisions and additional online materials accompanying the current edition of this seminal text on ethics ensure that this book continues to make a valuable contribution to the dissemination and understanding of ethics within the profession. It provides a great teaching resource, making ethics accessible to everyone.

Dr Hazel James
Head of Programme for Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring, York St John University

Tim has managed to further enhance what was already an excellent text. The three new chapters add contemporaneous issues as well as, by embracing modern techniques and means of delivery, it has made it a very accessible text.  This book continues to be the leading text for applied standards and ethics for counsellors, psychotherapists as well as for counselling students.

Peter Cardew
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies and BA (Combined Honours) Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies

Having spent some time perusing a variety of clips and articles and completing the questionnaires, I felt very satisfied. This was firstly due to successfully accessing the the various resources, and secondly because the learning element of this approach exceeded my expectations. As with the book itself, the interactive eBook is ideal for therapists at all levels of training and experience. The biggest challenge for some may be the apprehension about working online in this way, but take a deep breath and go for it. It really will be worth it!

Angela Cooper, counsellor and supervisor
Therapy Today

Standards and ethics for Counselling in Action
This book is quite comprehensive and up to date with contemporary ethical practice.
The values and ethical principles inherent in counselling are all discussed and the inclusion of case studies add a helpful practical insight into ethics in clinical practice.
This book covers all important points from insurance and record-keeping to working with suicidal clients and supervision. Tim Bond highlights the responsibilities of being a counsellor and the importance and implications of ethics in decision making.

The interactive icons on the margin of the pages makes this book invaluable for students and teachers alike as it provides numerous extra resources such as further reading and useful weblinks.
As a counselling teacher, I particularly like the sign posting to further reading as well as the access to the multiple choice questions so that my students can revise their knowledge in preparation for assignments.
I shall recommend this book to all my students

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 15, 2019

Required as essential reading for the year.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 12, 2019

Well written and produced, with excellent further activities. Can be utilised well alongside developing our students and both engaging and enhancing their knowledge and implementation of ethics and standards.

Mrs Penelope Deane
Teaching and Learning Unit, Warrington & Vale Royal College
November 22, 2018

Changes to the new edition

A new, free interactive eBook provides on-the-go access to a wealth of digital resources including Counselling Scenario videos, Author Discussion videos, an interactive glossary, journal articles, live links to useful websites, reflective questions and interactive exercises.

  • A brand new chapter on Working with Social Diversity, exploring the ethics of counselling across cultural differences and the need to be culturally competent.
  • A brand new chapter on Counselling in a Digital Age.
  • A new chapter on Being Accountable: Evidence-based Practice and Monitoring, including reference to IAPT.
  • Chapter outlines and key words added throughout to highlight at a glance what students will learn in each chapter.
  • Additional content on the relationship between counselling and other helping roles, including coaching and mentoring.
  • New content on reflective practice, reflecting on the reader’s ethical practice and problem solving, and encouraging ethical mindfulness.
  • Increased international content including links to counselling associations around the world and useful resources on differing ethical principles and guidelines.
  • More useful resources/links to relevant organisations, codes and frameworks added throughout.