Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law, Paperback
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Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law is the long-awaited Second Edition of Peter Jenkins' comprehensive introduction to legal issues in relation to counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.

This text has been fully updated to include coverage of the key developments in the law that have had major impact on therapists' practice with regard to data protection and the management of confidentiality.

The book breaks new ground by exploring in detail the relationship of ethics to the law and providing a framework for relating the BACP Ethical Framework to legal decision-making.

Key features of this new edition include: " extensive use of case studies.

These bring legal examples to life and give a human dimension to powerful ethical dilemmas such as seeking agreement to end medical treatment, or client's gaining access to their own confidential records " key points, which provide quick summaries of complex material and reference guides for professional practice " the multiple points of crossover and intersection of law and therapy.These are identified and explored, ranging from the use of narrative theory, to the provision of pre-trial therapy for abused children, to the role of the therapist as expert witness. This new edition provides clarity and reassurance for practitioners at all levels about the exact nature of their responsibilities, and how these can best be managed, in order to enable them to comply with the law and focus on their therapeutic work with clients.

Counselling, Psychotherapy and the Law, Second Edition provides an essential source of reference in a single volume, making a fascinating and complex topic understandable and bringing it to life.

Peter Jenkins, formerly a member of the BACP Professional Conduct Committee and currently a member of the Ethics Committee of the UKCP, has been described by Counselling at Work as 'probably the foremost authority on legal issues in counselling'.

He is Co-Director of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Directorate at the University of Salford.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 1, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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  • Category: Counselling & advice services
  • ISBN: 9781412900065



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Despite being a little dated (the second edition was published in 2007, so it doesn't deal with more recent legislation, such as the Equality Act 2010), this book still addresses a number of issues relating to counselling practice and the law. I found of particular interest the chapters on confidentiality, counselling children and young people, and statutory regulation.

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