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Values and Ethics in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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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

About the Author

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.


When I started reading I quickly realised that this is the best book I have read on ethics since Tim Bond's seminal Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action (2010). ?While this volume does not replace Bond's, it does complement it, as it is an entirely different kind of book [...] This should be essential reading for all counselling and psychotherapy courses, on an almost equal footing with Bond's work. Not replacing it, but as the new 'next best thing', a book that counselling has lacked up to now. I can give it no higher praise than that. -- Heather Dale, senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield I am glad I read this book. Even though I have often focused on values and ethics in counselling, teaching and supervision over a long career in academia and beyond, this book meaningfully deepened my understanding of the subject, the complexity of the subject and the breadth of literature that has addressed the subject. -- Dr Howard Kirschenbaum, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair, Department of Counseling and Human Development, Warner School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester, New York, USA This, coupled with its unusual literary device, makes [Values and Ethics in Counselling and Psychotherapy] book ideal for experienced therapists' groups and offers a ready-made CPD opportunity. -- Louise Guy, counsellor psychotherapist and supervisor Gillian Proctor has yet again given us a thought-provoking and compelling textbook. This latest book will be a very welcome publication for trainers, trainee practitioners and supervisors in particular. It is also a richly portrayed and ethically mindful journey through counselling processes and relationships that will be invaluable for therapists across the psychological therapies. -- Dr Lynne Gabriel Gillian Proctor has produced an insightful and thought-provoking book that takes us to the heart of human relating. She makes values and ethics a central part of the therapeutic process and this is illustrated throughout by a range of vignettes that skilfully balnce theory with practice. It is a book that speaks to the soul. -- Dr Alistair Ross

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