By Peter Jenkins
`This is a wonderful ebook. It builds good on Peter Jenkins' admirable previous contribution to our wisdom of the numerous felony issues which are of important quandary to counsellors (Counselling, Psychotherapy and the legislation, SAGE 1997) it really is mY goal, as a counsellor and lecturer to make Peter Jenkins' new e-book required analyzing for all our scholars. certainly i'd pass as a long way to assert that every one counsellors, now not topic how skilled they think about themselves, may still think about this booklet as crucial examining. because the ad says, "don't depart domestic with no one!" - Norman Claringbull, Counselling at paintings `This is sweet price for trainees and skilled practitioners alike, upsetting mirrored image and delivering an invaluable reference resource' - Sally Scott, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy magazine Counsellors and psychotherapists are more and more seeing the influence of criminal matters on their perform and but many believe under-prepared for the demanding situations they need to face. felony matters in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a much-needed resource of recommendation and reference which examines the speedily growing to be variety of events within which therapists locate themselves in touch with the legislations - of their daily perform, in expert paintings, or while dealing with a felony case opposed to them. the 1st half covers the present criminal context of healing paintings together with confidentiality, contracts, info security and court docket stories. Chapters contain: defining paintings by means of major writers from the healing and criminal worlds, in addition to an illuminating account via a consumer who introduced a winning case opposed to her therapist. a few components of healing paintings are really circumscribed by means of felony concerns and the second one half examines the categorical implications for therapists with regards to: - operating with survivors of sexual abuse -working in felony settings -false reminiscence -the Human Rights Act. seeking to the longer term, the ebook additionally examines the consequences legislation for all counsellors and psychotherapists. the necessity for counsellors and psychotherapists to be good educated concerning the legislations is quickly starting to be. felony concerns in Counselling & Psychotherapy consequently presents entry to crucial info in order to be of serious worth to trainees, practitioners and supervisors.
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Supervisors also represent something of a special case in terms of legal liability. Supervisors carry legal liability for their work in supervising the therapist, but do not appear to owe a direct duty of care to the client as such. This is apart from the normal duty of confidence, which is owed to both supervisee and client. The main line of legal liability will be to the supervised therapist, primarily via the terms and conditions of the contract, which was presumably established at the outset of the supervisory relationship.
It can be very easy for a client to misunderstand touch, interpreting it in a sexual context and, before the psychotherapist knows it, they have allegations of serious malpractice filed against them. The therapist might cease treating a client who has misunderstood the treatment and romanticised the relationship but the problems may not end there. A ‘scorned’ client is likely to turn bitter and may complain to the professional body, sue or harass the therapist. Harassment can be very unpleasant, if clients, seeking to become involved in a counsellor’s life, make numerous phone calls or begin stalking.
The first and most obvious one is that of actually receiving payment. If the therapist does not have a written express agreement with the client then there is always scope for the latter to argue about how much has actually been agreed to be paid or stating that the service has been provided as a favour. The simplest way of keeping track of costs is to ensure that each individual consultation is paid for immediately after the consultation. If someone’s cheque bounces or they do not pay, then they do not have another consultation and the therapist writes off the cost of one session.