This book offers an introduction to values and ethics in counselling and psychotherapy, helping you to develop the ethical awareness needed throughout the counselling process. The book covers:
- Context and emergence of ethics in counselling
- Exercises to explore personal and professional values
- Tools to develop ethical mindfulness
- Differences between therapeutic models
- Relational ethics
- Ethical dilemmas and issues
- Practice issues including confidentiality, boundaries and autonomy versus beneficence.
Using in-depth case studies of counselling students, the author demonstrates the constant relevance of values and ethics to counselling and psychotherapy, equipping trainees with the tools to successfully navigate values and ethics in their professional practice.
Gillian is a Clinical Psychologist, person centred therapist and research supervisor. Passionate about the ethics and politics of life, relationships and therapy she loves writing and aims to bring academic thinking from various disciplines (predominantly counselling and psychotherapy, psychology, sociology and philosophy) together with clinical practice in an accessible way. Her initial interest in power in therapy led her to the relevance of politics and the socio-political context in therapy. In addition to reminding us that therapy occurs within a much wider context than the therapy dyad, issues of power also pointed within the person of the therapist to our own personal history, our values and beliefs and how these influence our ethical decisions. She also loves exploring these issues of relational dynamics by facilitating encounter groups.
Dedication and Acknowledgements Introduction Values What are your personal values? How are values relevant to therapy? Therapy Ethics Ethics in healthcare Ethics in counselling and psychotherapy Making ethical decisions Counselling, psychotherapy and society Ethical mindfulness Practice Issues Values and ethics in models of therapy Autonomy vs. beneficence Confidentiality Boundaries Particular boundary issues Conclusion Appendices References