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3rd Edition

The Handbook of Professional Ethical and Research Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychiatrists

ISBN 9781138352087
Published April 20, 2020 by Routledge
354 Pages

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Book Description

This exciting new edition provides an overview of the main professional, ethical and research issues that are required knowledge for counsellors, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists engaging in therapeutic or clinical work. These issues form part of the curriculum and practice requirements of all the major counselling, psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry professional organisations (including BACP, BPS, HCPC, RCP, UKCP, IACP, IPS and IAHIP).

Divided in six clearly defined sections, this book will provide a comprehensive overview of all the major professional practice and ethical issues in one edited volume. The authors are well-known experts in their fields and their work has been brought together with clarity and helpful features, including reflective questions and case vignettes. This new edition has also been updated to include content on social justice, community psychology and professional guidelines, reflecting the latest academic research and clinical developments.

This book is unique in the breadth of issues covered and its focus on therapeutic practice. It will be of interest to practitioners and students of psychotherapy, counselling and psychiatry.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Professional Practice and Ethical Considerations

1. Introduction

Rachel Tribe and Jean Morrissey

2. Service User Involvement, Ethics and Power in Therapy Services

Premila Trivedi

3. Psychological Contracts: Hidden Agreements in Life and at Work

Michael Carroll and Rachel Tribe

4. Professional Guidelines

Nicola Gale and Hannah Farndon; Sarah Niblock


Part Two Legal Considerations and Responsibilities

5. Client Confidentiality and Data Protection

Peter Jenkins

6. The Legal Context of Therapy

Peter Jenkins

7. Writing a Report for use in Court and Appearing in Court as a Health Professional and/or Expert Witness

Allan Winthrop

8. Regulation, Learning from Complaints

Brian Lindfield


Part Three Clinical Considerations and Responsibilities

9. Fitness to Practise

Nicola Barden and Ruth Caleb

10. The Role of Social Media in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Mary Creaner

11. Adverse Effects of Therapy

Lorna Farquharson


Part Four Working with Diversity – Professional Practice and Ethical considerations

12. Ethical Considerations for Practitioners who Work Psychotherapeutically with Young People

Colman Noctor

13. Professional and Ethical Issues in Working with Older Adults

Afreen Huq & Maureen McIntosh

14. Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

Neil Rees

15. Professional and Ethical Practice in a Multicultural and Multiethnic Society

Julio Torales & Israel Gonzalez-Urbieta


Part Five - Research, Supervision and Training

16. Research in Therapeutic Practice Settings: Ethical Considerations

Trishna Patel

17. Evidence-Based Practice - the Ethical Dimension

Kenneth Gannon

18. Teaching Ethics for Professional Practice

Maria Castro

19. Training Supervision: Professional and Ethical Considerations

Jean Morrissey

20. Trainee Perspectives on Professional, Ethical and Research Practice

Rachel Tribe

21. Continuing Professional Development

Lucia Berdondini & Thomas Elton

22. Clinical Vignettes and Reflective Questions

Jean Morrissey & Rachel Smith


Section Six - Social Inclusion

23. Social Justice: Theory & Practice

Claire Marshall & Dr Haneyeh Belyani

24. Community Psychology

Angela Byrne


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Professor Rachel Tribe works at the School of Psychology, University of East London. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is an active clinician and is involved in national and international consultancy, training and research. She has published widely and regularly contributes to conferences and workshops around the world.

Dr Jean Morrissey works at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. She is a registered counsellor/psychotherapist and clinical supervisor (BACP and IACP) and has worked for many years as a clinician, supervisor and educator.


"Ethics are the cornerstone to good clinical practice and good research. The clinical needs of patients are paramount in healthcare delivery. It is important that across cultures, rights of individuals with mental illness and dilemmas are respected. Issues related to privacy and confidentiality may vary across healthcare systems and cultures, however, ethical considerations remain paramount. The success of the previous two editions of this very welcome volume indicates the need for continuing to deliver mental health care services in an appropriate and ethical manner. Editors and authors are to be congratulated for their vision and effort in highlighting challenges and potential ways forward ensuring that clinicians approach their practice in an ethical framework. This volume will be of great interest to mental health professionals."

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, CBE, President, BMA (2018-2019), President World Psychiatric Association (2014-2017), President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists (2008-2011)

"As a trainee psychotherapist, the changing landscape and challenges faced in clinical practice can feel overwhelming and hard to navigate. However, having such a comprehensive, accessible and informative book like this is invaluable to professional development. This is a well-thought and well-crafted book, which attends to numerous dilemmas that clinicians encounter. It also acts as a guideline for trainees to ensure that an ethical framework is adopted at all times throughout training and clinical practice. As a trainee therapist, it is vital to have a book like this to refer to as it offers trustworthy guidance on a range of important topics that need careful consideration."

Martina Kehoe, Trainee, MSc, Integrative Psychotherapy

"Ethics are the foundation of therapeutic practice. In order to navigate the unique and complex challenges presented to practitioners, a robust understanding of ethics in practice is essential. This considered edition brings together notable voices from a variety of perspectives, presenting a comprehensive analysis of ethics in contemporary psychotherapeutic work. This publication is one of those must have references for all practitioners at every level."

Bee MacBean, MBACP Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist

"The Handbook consists of accessible, concise overviews of an incredibly comprehensive range of professional issues. As such, it will be highly relevant to a broad audience of counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and clinical and counselling psychologists. This third edition has been updated to take account of recent UK professional body practice and ethical guidelines and also includes a number of new chapters including ones on service user involvement and social inclusion issues. As with previous editions, it will undoubtedly prove invaluable to trainees and highly experienced practitioners alike."

- David Murphy, President, British Psychological Society (2019-2020)