Book Review of The Ethics of Touch

Midwest Book Review: Small Press Bookwatch, The Psychology Shelf
March 2014
by James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief

Synopsis: “The Ethics of Touch: The Hands-on Practitioner's Guide to Creating a Professional, Safe and Enduring Practice” is a groundbreaking work on ethics [that] addresses the difficult, confusing, and seldom-discussed but often-troubling dilemmas confronting touch therapy practitioners. By honestly describing the issues, identifying clear principles, naming specific resources, and using stories straight from the treatment room, the authors have written a book to guide, support, and inspire both students and seasoned practitioners. This book belongs in the office of every bodywork practitioner and in the classrooms of every professional training school. Features include useful and thought-provoking activities and exercises and real-life scenarios to intrigue students.

Critique: Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, “The Ethics of Touch” would well serve as a college or university level Psychology Department counseling curriculum supplement. Student counselors would learn how to improve their communication skills with clients; clarify counseling therapy policies and procedures; resolve ethical dilemmas; decrease their susceptibility to lawsuits; establish and maintain appropriate boundaries; increase the quality of their relations with clients; work well with colleagues; heighten their awareness and sensitivity; develop effective support systems; and enhance their ability to work safely and effectively with trauma survivors. Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, “The Ethics of Touch” is strongly recommended reading for the novice counselor and has a great deal to commend it to the attention of even the more experienced therapist.

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