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Referral and Termination Issues for Counsellors by Dorothy Anne Leigh

Referral and Termination Issues for Counsellors

Part of the Professional Skills for Counsellors Series Series


Referral and Termination Issues for Counsellors by Dorothy Anne Leigh

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


`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

About the Author

Anne Leigh is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and BAC accredited counsellor working in the National Health Service and in private practice. She is a tutor and supervisor for the Thameslink/UEL Diploma in Counselling.

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Book Info

Publication date

17th June 1998


Dorothy Anne Leigh

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SAGE Publications Ltd


160 pages


Psychological methodology



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