Confidentiality & Record Keeping in Counselling & Psychotherapy (häftad)
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SAGE Publications Ltd
Mitchels, Barbara
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Confidentiality & Record Keeping in Counselling & Psychotherapy (häftad)

Confidentiality & Record Keeping in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Häftad Engelska, 2014-11-07
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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.
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It comprehensively looks at the issues a therapist needs to be informed about, and appreciates the complexity of the situations therapists can find themselves in with responsibilities to both their clients, the organisation they are employed by and to the wider society as well as themselves.  

Bond and Mitchels' book contains a wealth of information of practical use to any counsellor or therapist (and related professionals) that cannot be found in such a comprehensive and succinct form in any other professional outlet. The new edition covers also fast developing areas such as technology related issues or new policy and legislation developments. The book contains many useful examples and practical tips, making the text very engaging and informative for the professional. I highly recommend this new updated and expanded edition.

In this revised edition of Confidentiality and record keeping in counselling and psychotherapy, Bond and Mitchels provide a concise and useful guide to aspects of record keeping in the context of a legal framework. Their introduction highlights the importance of confidentiality in the context of ethics, good practice and the law; importantly they emphasise that this book is not a substitute for legal advice. The book was developed in order to address the needs of therapists working at all levels. As well as being a useful reference for experienced practitioners it provides insight for trainees.

As with all books concerned with legal issues there are likely to have been changes in the law after publication. In chapter three, the authors consider prevention and detection of serious crime, referencing the Serious Crime Act 2007, and NHS confidentiality: NHS code of practice 2010. This type of law and code of practice is subject to change, and at this point it might have been helpful to reiterate the need to take legal advice. This could again be emphasised in section 3.4 where Bond and Mitchel discuss the Human Rights Act 1998, which even qualified solicitors defer to specialists.  

The strength of this book is that it looks at legal issues from the perspective of the practitioner. It is presented in an accessible format with figures and tables showing key points that are pertinent to practice.  Decision making, in the context of being faced with an ethical dilemma, is illustrated in box format with considerations, sources of information and guidance clearly listed. In the final chapter Bond and Mitchel describe dilemmas that arise in counselling and psychotherapy, citing examples from counselling and psychotherapy practice. This section is new to this edition of the book.

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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