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Referral and Termination Issues for Counsellors

Referral and Termination Issues for Counsellors

July 1998 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Referral and Termination Issues for Counselors guides trainee and practicing counselors through the practical issues surrounding the referral of clients, a procedure that may be necessary at any time during the counseling process. Stressing ethical issues and the need to be aware of competency limits, Anne Leigh provides clear and straightforward guidelines. The sensitive, ethical handling of termination is also an important part of this book, backed up by clear examples and the recognition of the emotional consequences of referral or termination for both counselor and client. She examines the situations most frequently calling for referral and the ways in which referral may take place responsibly and satisfactorily. This volume covers whether, how, to whom, and when to refer on, as well as how best to receive referrals from outside agencies.

Why Referral and Termination Issues are Crucial

The Beginning Phase
Medical Referrals
Alternative Counselling Referrals
Referral Issues in the Middle Phase
Problems and Considerations in the Ending Phase
Good Endings
Ethical Considerations regarding Referral and Termination Issues

`A clear and comprehensive consideration of the issues and dilemmas involved in the many types of endings that can happen within the counselling relationship... [it] promises to become a key reference text for counsellors... The book is clearly written and easy to digest. Key points are brought to life with relevant case examples and essential information is easily accessed... I found it useful to read through a dedicated text like this, to review my understanding of the issues and potential pitfalls in referrals and endings and to consider my own pratice' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`This is an excellent reference book, presented in well organized sections about every aspect of contracts, referrals and endings in counselling. Throughout, the perspective of both counsellor and client is given, and it makes for some salutary reading. The key practice points are usefully highlighted and succinct... the book is an invaluable source of clear and comprehensive information, backed by good practice, research findings and case material... I recommend it' - Counselling at Work