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The metaethics of psychotherapy codes of ethics and conduct

Snelling, Paul ORCID: (2021) The metaethics of psychotherapy codes of ethics and conduct. In: The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics. Oxford Handbooks Online . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198817338

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Codes of ethics and conduct are important documents in health care practice, and must be evaluated alongside an understanding of the role of the organisations which write and publish them. In the UK, established professions like medicine and nursing are subject to statutory regulation and codes which delineate ethical best practice from minimum conduct. However the regulation of psychotherapists in the UK has been the subject of changes in government policy during the last decade, resulting in a fragmented regulatory environment where a number of organisations function both as regular and professional body. There are about 40 codes of ethic and/or conduct in the UK relating to the various professions of psychotherapy. The chapter details the regulatory framework in the UK, and the places of codes within it. The codes’ regulatory role in establishing minimum practice is difficult to assess because so few cases of malpractice are brought, and their role in guiding practice is questioned by using disclosure of confidential information as an example. Psychotherapists are invited to assess whether the codes and associated guidance they operate under are sufficiently detailed to guide practice.

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© Oxford University Press. This is a draft of a chapter that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the forthcoming book The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics edited by Manuel Trachsel, Şerife Tekin, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Jens Gaab, and John Sadler due for publication in 2021

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: regulation, codes, ethics, conduct, confidentiality, disclosure
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Paul Snelling
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 15:42
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2022 09:47

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