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This work contains 39 questions and answers about ethics in counselling and therapy, training, counselling supervision, research and other important issues. The authors bring psychodynamic, person-centred, integrative or eclectic approaches to their questions and answers. They also bring a variety of experience from independent practice, institutional and voluntary agency settings. Between them they have experience as counsellors, psychotherapists, trainers, counselling supervisors and authors. The questions cover a range of issues that practitioners need to consider including: confidentiality, constraints and the management of confidentiality; boundaries, dual and multiple relationships, relationships with former clients; non-discriminatory practice, issues for individuals and agencies; competence and the proper conduct of counsellors and therapists and the profession's responsibilities to deliver non-exploitative and non-abusive help to clients. The text is aimed at a wide readership in counselling and therapy, ranging from trainees to more experienced practitioners.
Caroline is a counsellor with sixteen years experience in workplace settings. From 1991 to 1998 she served on BAC's Standards and Ethics Committee, chairing for the final fifteen months. She is a BAC accredited counsellor and Fellow of BAC. She also has a small independent practice as a counselling supervisor.
Carol is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and BAC accredited counsellor and supervisor. Over the past twenty five years she has trained and worked as an intergrative therapist, supervisor, trainer, lecturer and consultant in both the private and public sectors. She has a private practice in Warwick.
Gabrielle has worked as a counsellor for almost thirty years, initially as a volunteer, then in Higher Education and currently in independent practice. She has chaired ASC, BAC's Standards and Ethics Committee and BAC. Her special interests are bereavement and good practice reflected in Gift of Tears and Counselling in Independent Practice. She is a Fellow of BAC and a BAC accredited counsellor and supervisor.
Originally a physicist, Derek worked in education for fourteen years world-wide. Counselling with Relate led to work as a supervisor, a trainer, its Head of Counselling and latterly, its Head of Practitioner Training. Derek was a member of BAC's Complaints Committee and one of its trustees for five years. He is a Fellow of BAC.
Roger is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Counselling Courses at the University of Warwick and runs a small private counselling practice which he has maintained for over thirty years. He is past Chair of BAC, has been the President of Counselling in Education for fifteen years and chairs BAC's Complaints Committee.
Lesley is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and psychodynamic counsellor with a private practice in Cambridge. She is a BAC accredited trainer and is the Chair of the Psychotherapy Training Committee at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. She is past Chair of the UKCP Ethics Committee and writes and lectures on psychotherapy and counselling.