1st Edition

Relational Ethics in Practice
Narratives from Counselling and Psychotherapy

ISBN 9780415425926
Published April 29, 2009 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Relational Ethics in Practice presents a new collection of narratives on ethics in day-to-day therapeutic practice. Highly experienced professionals from a range of roles in the therapeutic professions explore ways of developing ethical and effective relationships. The contributors provide the reader with engaging and informative narratives that indicate how ethics can inform and influence practice in a variety of clinical contexts across the helping professions. These personal and professional narratives will encourage people to think more proactively about ethics and the impact that they have on both therapeutic practice, and life in general.

Throughout this book, Lynne Gabriel, Roger Casemore and their contributors emphasise that the consideration of the ethical dimension is of paramount importance to successful processes and outcomes in every therapeutic relationship. Chapters cover a number of topics including:

  • how theoretical approaches can inform ethical decision making and practice
  • practical difficulties and ethical challenges
  • innovative and unconventional approaches
  • informed consent across various contexts
  • pointers for good practice
  • the notion of the 'wounded healer'.

Relational Ethics in Practice: Narratives from Counselling and Psychotherapy will appeal to a wide range of readers involved in the helping professions including counsellors, psychotherapists, researchers, supervisors and trainees.

Table of Contents

Gabriel, Casemore, Introduction. Gabriel, Relational Ethics, Boundary Riders and Process Sentinels: Allies for Ethical Practice. Casemore, Relational Ethics as a Way of Being. Balick, Relational Ethics Beyond the Sex and Gender Binary: An Integrative Relational Approach. Wosket, Relational Ethics in Supervision. Etherington, Ethical Research in Reflexive Relationships: A Dialogical Process. Neath, Relational Ethics: A Perspective After the Essays and Marking. Dave, Relational Ethics in Psychiatric Settings. Jenkins, Therapy as Evidence: Legal Perspectives on the relationship Between Therapist and Client. Dunnett, The Role of Practitioner Self-care in Practitioner-client Relationship Ethics. West, Training Matters: On the Way In. Casemore, Relational Ethics in Small Communities and Organisations. Gabriel, Exploring the Researcher-contributor Research Alliance. Tudway, Relational Ethics from a Cognitive Behavioural Perspective. Walker, Counselling Survivors of Abuse: Feminism, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Ethics. Gabriel, Experiencing the Edge: Relationships with Self and Others in Times of Intense or Enduring Trauma.

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Lynne Gabriel is a Reader in Counselling and Relational Ethics and Head of Postgraduate and Post-Experience Counselling Studies at York St John University, York. Lynne is former Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's (BACP) Professional Conduct Committee and was elected as Chair of BACP from October 2008.

Roger Casemore is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy courses at Warwick University.


"I thoroughly recommend this book to practitioners, trainers and writers alike for the quality of the writing and the encouragement it offers to us all to think about the big questions in our lives." - Kate Thompson, Journal of The Society for Existential Analysis, January 2011