Case study in ethics and law in psychotherapeutic practice

A written assignment that demonstrates a critical reflection and analysis of the nature of the therapeutic relationship in counselling and psychotherapy and interventions used in consideration of the ethical/legal scenario from practice. The assignment should be no more than 2500 words (+/10%)

Case Study Julie
A 14 year old female client you have been seeing for counselling for 4 weeks within the NHS
tells you she has been cutting herself and shows you her wounds. Discuss what interventions you did within the session including reminding the client of your contract and that you have a duty of care. Then discuss the actions you took after and the impact of this. Discussing with supervision etc. Discuss the British Association of counselling and psychotherapy ethical principles and which ones fit this case study ie. (find on BACP website click information then ethical framework) Then look at the legal aspects of the case study, how child protection act and data protection act play a part in this case study. Demonstrate clearly in this essay that you understand the BACP ethical framework and the legal acts of child protection and data protection.

Introduce the reader to what the assignment is about and how you have decided to structure the work.
Introduce the ideas of what ethics and law are about, and their different functions. You should discuss the difference between the different legal systems of civil law and criminal law. You should discuss the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy -
taxonomy (ie: autonomy, fidelity; beneficence; non maleficence; justice; self-respect) and their function for professional practice. You should then link this to you case study.

Case study
Introduce the reader to your client. Describe the dilemma or problem;
Discuss whose dilemma it is and why;
Critically discuss the British Association Counselling Psychotherapy ethical principles above;
Consider any relevant legislation;
Critically discuss the pros and cons of making a decision;
Select the most appropriate course of action; How will this influence your therapeutic relationship with your client? How has this influenced the way that you will work with your client a are there any interventions that you may need to make.
Evaluate the outcome a if there is one that you know about.

Conclude by reflecting on the process of applying ethics and law to your practice.

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