Contracts in Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Charlotte Sills
Pine Forge Press, Jun 15, 2006 - Psychology - 200 pages
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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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Contents

The Therapy Contract A Mutual Commitment
3
Chapter 1 Contracts and Contract Making
9
Theoretical Approaches
27
Chapter 2 The Use of Contracts in the PsychodynamicPsychoanalytic Approach
29
A Downtoearth and Accessible Approach
41
Chapter 4 Contracting within Personcentred Counselling and Psychotherapy
52
Types and Considerations
61
Chapter 5 Outcomefocused Contracts
63
Chapter 9 Contracts Ethics and the Law
109
Contracts and Contexts
117
Chapter 10 Contracts Complexity and Challenge
119
Chapter 11 Choosing a Timelimited Counselling or Psychotherapy Contract
137
Chapter 12 Therapy Contracts eith Trainee Practitioners
152
Chapter 13 Contracting in Supervision
161
Contract for Counselling Relationship
175
Contract for Gestalt Psychotherapy
178

Chapter 6 Process Contracts
74
Chapter 7 Contracts and Harmful Behaviour
87
Chapter 8 Making Contract with Different Personality Types
98
Consent Form for Bodyoriented Psychotherapy Treatment
180
Index
183
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Charlotte Sills MA, MSc (Psychotherapy) is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice and a supervisor, trainer and consultant in a variety of settings. She is a BACP senior accredited supervisor, a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University.

Charlotte has been working in the field of psychological therapies since 1979, at first as counsellor then manager of Hounslow SSD’s Bereavement Project, then qualifying in psychotherapy in 1986.  She has worked as tutor and supervisor on a range of training courses nationally and internationally. She was also, until 2007, part of the Leadership Team at Metanoia Institute, London, where she remains a member of the faculty.  Another interest is in the interface between therapy and coaching and she works at Ashridge Business School, Herts where she is part of the tutor team of the Masters in Executive Coaching. 

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

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 Contracts in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2nd edition 2006 Sage) and Coaching Relationships (edited with Erik de Haan 2012 Libri Press).

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