chapter  2
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New challenges for professional ethics and good practice guidelines for counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists


Professional ethics in health and social care are currently undergoing some of the most radical changes since the 1940s when the current health service was founded. A series of scandals uncovering instances of abysmal standards, abuse and disregard for the dignity and suffering of patients and clients has led to changes in the ethical landscape for everyone working in health-related fields, including all practitioners of the talking therapies. Not surprisingly, the focus has become increasingly fixed on issues of the safety of service users and respect for their dignity as people while providing good quality services.