Pre-trial therapy & our legal/ethical obligations

07495 061 545 07495 061 545
16th November 2024, 9.30am - 3.45pm
Counsellors and trainees

New guidance on providing therapy to clients who are going through the Criminal Justice process was published in 2022 by the CPS. Although it's now two years old, its repercussions are only now really being felt by therapists and clients as police officers and the CPS come to terms with its impact.

We are experts in this area as we're both therapists and Sally was a criminal prosecutor working for the CPS, and a specialist in sexual violence law. 

If you want to know what it means to provide therapy to survivors of sexual or domestic violence, what it means for your notes, and what to do if the police contact you about a current, or former client, then this training is for you! 

If you're a supervisor then this is crucial training as a supervisee may come to you asking for help... and you might not be up to date, or know the answer! 

The training covers:

  • The requirements of the new PTTG in relation to therapy work.
  • How to balance the principles of confidentiality of client data with the Attorney General’s guidelines on disclosure and understand why this matters for therapists.
  • How GDPR and data protection legislation matter in order to comply with the requirements of the law and current ethical frameworks.
  • Your privacy notice, contracts and PTT guidance for clients and service users.
  • Informing clients of the implications for therapeutic work and future therapy of reporting to the police.
  • Handle requests from the police for disclosure of therapy records.
  • Recognise general principles around good note-keeping and additional requirements where a client reports SV to the police.

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Hosted by Lynsey Lowe

Lynsey Lowe is a BACP accredited therapist with extensive experience of working with survivors of childhood abuse. Sally French was a sexual offences specialist lawyer who worked for the CPS for 25 years. She is now a UKCP accredited therapist. Lynsey and Sally both enjoy training and working together to aid survivors and therapists.