Praise for the First Edition:
`An excellently edited book... It touches upon the core philosophical bases of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, cognitive and humanistic counselling, and explores the complicated and sometimes contradictory nature of contracting within these approaches... The book is written in an accessible language and often uses very powerful imagery to underline its message... I found this book to be extremely stimulating, accessible and readable. I recommend it to all people interested in counselling, and particularly to students of counselling at all levels' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Contracts in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical guide to an essential area of professional knowledge and skills. Any kind of therapeutic relationship requires an agreement between practitioner and client at the outset. When contracting with clients, practitioners need to consider a whole range of factors including:
" goals of counselling
" theoretical orientation
" brief or open-ended counselling
" different personality types
" ethical and legal issues.
This book provides a unique guide to the nature of counselling contracts, why they are needed and how they are made. For the second edition, the book has been thoroughly updated to take account of the BACP ethical framework. Two new chapters have been added covering the legal aspects of contracting, and how to make contracts with trainees.
Contracts in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Second Edition is an authoritative source of information and practical guidance for trainees and practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy.
Charlotte Sills is Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, and Head of Transactional Analysis Department at Metanoia Institute, London
Charlotte Sills is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice and a supervisor, trainer and consultant in a variety of settings. She has been working in the field of psychological therapies since 1979 and is a BACP senior accredited supervisor, a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University. Until 2007 she was also part of the Leadership Team at Metanoia Institute where she remains a member of the faculty. Another interest is in the interface between therapy and coaching and she is a member of faculty of the Masters in Executive Coaching and Professor of Coaching at Ashridge Business School, UK. Charlotte believes that all human systems - from friendships to organizations - are about people in relationship, and she sees Gestalt as an ideal approach for facilitating effective, vibrant and satisfying relating. Charlotte has published widely in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, including An Introduction to Gestalt with Phil Lapworth and Billy Desmond (SAGE, 2012) and Coaching Relationships (edited with Erik de Haan, Libri Press, 2012).
PART ONE: AN OVERVIEW Introduction: The Therapy Contract - Charlotte Sills A Mutual Commitment Contracts and Contract Making - Charlotte Sills PART TWO: THEORETICAL APPROACHES The Use of Contracts in the Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Approach - Michael Jacobs Cognitive Therapy - Frank Wills A Down-to-earth and Accessible Approach Contracting within Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy - Mike Worral PART THREE: TYPES AND CONSIDERATIONS Outcome-Focused Contracts - Ian Stewart Process Contracts - Adrienne Lee Contracts and Harmful Behaviour - Geoff Mothersole Making Contracts with Different Personality Types - Charlotte Sills and Max Wide Contracts, Ethics and the Law - Peter Jenkins PART FOUR: CONTRACTS AND CONTEXTS Contracts, Complexity and Challenge - Keith Tudor Choosing a Time-limited Counselling or Psychotherapy Contract - Jenifer Elton Wilson Therapy Contracts with Trainee Practitioners - Brigid Proctor and Charlotte Sills Contracting in Supervision - Brigid Proctor