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Clinical Wills in Private Practice – Roslyn Byfield

Wednesday 15th February

Do you or your employer have a clinical will or robust processes to inform and support clients in the case of your sudden inability to work? Does your supervisor? Your therapist? or does this seem just too uncomfortable to think about? Sudden incapacity to work could be due to death, accident, illness or professional sanction yet many have no system in place despite the destabilising or even traumatic effects such an omission can lead to.

Over the last few years significant growth in the numbers of private practitioners and the development and implementation of BACP’s new Ethical Framework have brought this hitherto neglected issue more centre stage. In this presentation Roslyn will discuss the key issues and processes associated with clinical wills and their key role in ethical and responsible client care, offering a psychodynamic perspective on why resistance seems to have manifested itself in some quarters.

About the Speaker

Rosyln Byfield embarked on her counselling training in 2000 and graduated from the Birkbeck MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling in 2007. Having worked voluntarily in community and NHS organisations, Roslyn established her private practice in 2012, based in Highbury and Waterloo. She is professionally active, campaigning for professional regulation across the board and, within BACP, for mandatory clinical wills, besides regularly contributing articles and book reviews to journals.

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