This indispensible text is your students' first point of reference when faced with a situation or dilemma of a legal nature regarding record keeping or confidentiality issues. Reflecting changes in policy and law and developments in practice since its last publication in 2008, this new edition has been expanded into 14 new and thoroughly revised chapters.
New content includes:
- The latest Data Protection Act guidance including data protection implications when working with technology and for online therapy
- Greater content on sharing information, including sharing information in supervision, training, research, audit and, crucially, across professions
- Expanded content on mental capacity with separate chapters for children and vulnerable adults
- A new chapter on pre-trial therapy with adults and children, including Special Measures, Crown Prosecution Service guidance and victim support
- A new chapter on practice dilemmas, providing advice and encouraging further discussion and reflection
- The role of supervision and of the supervisor
Using reflective questions, sample dilemmas and case scenarios throughout, the authors illustrate how to practically address the difficult confidentiality and record keeping issues that therapists regularly face. Current legal guidelines and frameworks are interspersed throughout the book which, along with revised disclosure checklists and links to useful organisations and contacts, ensure trainee and practising therapists are well versed in current best-practice.
Tim Bond is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor to the University of Malta. He has a longstanding commitment to researching and writing about professional ethics for the talking therapies and promoting mental well-being. He is currently a consultant to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy on professional ethics and standards, a member of the Ethics Committee for the British Psychological Society and the Executive Council of the International Association for Counselling. He is a registered member of BACP and provides counselling supervision and training workshops.
Confidentiality and the law Recording confidences Confidentiality as a legal entitlement - clients' perspective Confidentiality as legal responsibility - obligations of the therapist Record keeping and the law Record keeping - basic responsibilities Data protection, freedom of information and technology How long do we keep records? Confidentiality and disclosures: information sharing Sharing information between professionals Sharing information in supervision and training Sharing information in research and audit Confidentiality and disclosures: policy, practice and procedural issues Developing agency policy and practice and evaluating organisational policies on confidentiality and record keeping Mental capacity, vulnerable adults and consent Children, capacity and consent Victims, and pre-trial therapy with vulnerable adults and children Practice dilemmas: scenarios on confidentiality and disclosures for reflection and discussion Responding to dilemmas - ethical and legal practice Glossary