The boundaries of the therapeutic relationship are a crucial part of effective therapy. But understanding them, and the effects of power and responsibility, can be intimidating to trainee or newly-qualified therapists. This book will take step by step through everything they need to know to work ethically and safeguard the wellbeing of both themselves and their clients.
* Contracting and the importance of negotiating and clarifying boundaries with clients
* The implications and limits of maintaining confidentiality
* Keeping clear sexual boundaries, and how to work around issues safely and appropriately
* What happens when circumstances change, and everyday or serious disruptions occur to therapy
* The nature of the therapist's power, and how to employ it responsibly to a client's benefit
Packed with case studies, ethical dilemmas and points for reflection and discussion, this is an essential read for trainee practitioners and qualified therapists looking to ensure safe and ethical practice.
Since completing her training as a mental health nurse in 1987, Kirsten has spent over 20 years working as a counsellor, lecturer in counselling and supervisor within the NHS, education, private practice and voluntary sectors. In addition to this, she works as an SQA Appointee in the role of External Verifier for counselling qualifications. Kirsten's published work includes Challenges in Counselling: Counselling Students, (2013, Hodder) and Becoming a Counsellor: A Student Companion, (2011, Sage). Her areas of interest include counselling students, counselling training and working with addiction.
What are Boundaries? Defining Ethics, Power and Responsibility Setting out Together: Contracting Holding Confidentiality Navigating Dual Relationships Keeping Clear and Safe Sexual Boundaries Saying Goodbye: Therapeutic and Ethical Endings Repairing Ruptures and Attending to Difficulties Client-led Ruptures Boundaries and Good Practice in Action