Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Charlotte Sills
Pine Forge Press, Jun 15, 2006 - Psychology - 200 pages
Praise for the First Edition:

`An excellently edited book... It touches upon the core philosophical bases of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, cognitive and humanistic counselling, and explores the complicated and sometimes contradictory nature of contracting within these approaches... The book is written in an accessible language and often uses very powerful imagery to underline its message... I found this book to be extremely stimulating, accessible and readable. I recommend it to all people interested in counselling, and particularly to students of counselling at all levels' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

Contracts in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical guide to an essential area of professional knowledge and skills. Any kind of therapeutic relationship requires an agreement between practitioner and client at the outset. When contracting with clients, practitioners need to consider a whole range of factors including:

" goals of counselling

" theoretical orientation

" brief or open-ended counselling

" different personality types

" ethical and legal issues.

This book provides a unique guide to the nature of counselling contracts, why they are needed and how they are made. For the second edition, the book has been thoroughly updated to take account of the BACP ethical framework. Two new chapters have been added covering the legal aspects of contracting, and how to make contracts with trainees.

Contracts in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Second Edition is an authoritative source of information and practical guidance for trainees and practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy.

Charlotte Sills is Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, and Head of Transactional Analysis Department at Metanoia Institute, London


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The Therapy Contract A Mutual Commitment
Chapter 1 Contracts and Contract Making
Theoretical Approaches
Chapter 2 The Use of Contracts in the PsychodynamicPsychoanalytic Approach
A Downtoearth and Accessible Approach
Chapter 4 Contracting within Personcentred Counselling and Psychotherapy
Types and Considerations
Chapter 5 Outcomefocused Contracts
Chapter 9 Contracts Ethics and the Law
Contracts and Contexts
Chapter 10 Contracts Complexity and Challenge
Chapter 11 Choosing a Timelimited Counselling or Psychotherapy Contract
Chapter 12 Therapy Contracts eith Trainee Practitioners
Chapter 13 Contracting in Supervision
Contract for Counselling Relationship
Contract for Gestalt Psychotherapy

Chapter 6 Process Contracts
Chapter 7 Contracts and Harmful Behaviour
Chapter 8 Making Contract with Different Personality Types
Consent Form for Bodyoriented Psychotherapy Treatment

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About the author (2006)

Charlotte Sills is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice and a supervisor, trainer and consultant in a variety of settings. She has been working in the field of psychological therapies since 1979 and is a BACP senior accredited supervisor, a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University. Until 2007 she was also part of the Leadership Team at Metanoia Institute where she remains a member of the faculty. Another interest is in the interface between therapy and coaching and she is a member of faculty of the Masters in Executive Coaching and Professor of Coaching at Ashridge Business School, UK.

Charlotte believes that all human systems – from friendships to organizations – are about people in relationship, and she sees Gestalt as an ideal approach for facilitating effective, vibrant and satisfying relating.

Charlotte has published widely in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, including An Introduction to Gestalt with Phil Lapworth and Billy Desmond (SAGE, 2012) and Coaching Relationships (edited with Erik de Haan, Libri Press, 2012).

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