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New web site address

'Becoming'

In a process of 'becoming' The Person Centred Association is continuing to grow, develop and change and one of those changes is the new url

https://the-pca.org.uk

Do please ensure you have updated your bookmarks and any links you have created, to the new URL

Marc Gibson

Trustee The Person Centered Association.

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The Person-Centred Association's Official Response to the SCoPeD Project.

 

Please see below The Person-Centred Associations's official response to the SCoPEd project.

 

Charity number: 1044077

June 2019

The Chair
Expert Reference Group
SCoPEd Project  

Dear Madam or Sir 

The largest single group of counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK are person-centred by training and self-definition. The SCoPEd project from its inception has excluded this group in favour of a theoretical stance that privileges psychoanalytic ideas and practice.

The humanistic therapies, of which person-centred is a significant branch, are founded on principles which include support for the autonomy of the client. The SCoPEd project’s theoretical stance is predicated on the therapist as an expert, knowing more than the client and with a brief to diagnose and treat – a model tending towards the medicalisation of human distress.

There is a very great body of research that supports the efficacy of person-centred and other humanistic therapy. Moreover, leading edge developments such as the the Power Threat Meaning Frameworkdeveloped by the British Psychological Society and Open Dialogue initiated in Finland are proving to be extremely effective in working with even the most extreme forms of “mental illness”.

For SCoPEd to be developing a framework that would render such work unlawful seems perverse and flies in the face of current research and practice.

Rather than simply criticizing the composition of the ERG, the “survey” of BACP members and so on, we prefer that the voice of person-centred practitioners be represented going forward. Please let us know as soon as possible which member/s of the ERG will be bringing research expertise and knowledge about person-centred practice into this forum.

Thank you

 

Janet Tolan
On behalf of the Trustees, The Person-Centred Association

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Successful Enounter Day

I felt todays encounter day in Coventry was a tremendously rewarding nd successful day, for me (I wouldn't like to speak for nyone else of course), with much sharing and it's such refreshing experience to be in receipt of (what I perceived to be) what felt like the core conditions from so many people.

Thank you again to all of you that attended and thank you too to the wider PCA community as you're a rather special lot in my eyes.

Marc

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TPCA Annual General Meeting

Dear Member

 

please note that the Annual general Meeting has been scheduled for Saturdday 17th August 2019

10.30 until 4pm 

Friends Meeting House Hill Street, Coventry CV1 4AN

(Note: Friends Meeting House aka Quaker Meeting House) 

 

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Seeking new trustees

New Trustees Sought

The Person Centred Association is seeking new applicants to replace trustees coming to the end of their appointed constitutional term.

Initially new appointees will engage as co-opted members and elections will then be held at the August AGM for those wishing to continue.  Persons are sought who are willing to engage in TPCA initiatives – this requires that you:  meet face to face once a quarter (out of pocket expenses are met by TPCA);  have short Skype meetings with other trustees once a month; learn how to take part in helping to organise TPCA events; take part in the running of TPCA. 

You should also note that as a Trustee you will be entitled to claim CPD accreditation of 10 hours per quarter, and that you will almost certainly continue to experience personal growth and learning. 

If you or someone you know would consider becoming a Trustee please send an expression of interest (to cg@bapca.org.uk  ) highlighting any special areas of interest you have, for example organising events, finance, publicity … 

Finally, you should note that age, fame or ‘long-standing’ are NOT requirements – young and / or new members are particularly sought. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon 

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....against the BACP, BPC & UKCP SCoPEd project 2019

We would like to draw your attention to the text of Alliance for Counselling & Psychotherapy February Newsletter, reproduced as follows:

(Blog : https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/about/    Contact info@allianceforcandp.org)

Newsletter against the BACP, BPC & UKCP SCoPEd project 12th February 2019

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ACTION 1

You are asked to forward this to everyone interested in the future of Counselling & Psychotherapy

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To oppose the BACP, BPC & UKCP’s SCoPEd project, as it is a move towards standardisation of practices & state regulation

BACKGROUND

What this is all about :

The three leading regulatory bodies for the counselling and psychotherapy profession have created a new competence framework as a response to the mental health crisis (Letter to the Guardian : 30/11/2018 ): A survey was announced in January 2019 which is open to comment until 22nd February 2019. In the documentation  the framework, competencies & a ‘before and after’ comparison of training is given. Prior to this announcement there has been no consultation with the membership – the practitioners. When the SCoPEd project was being presented last May at the BACP Research Conference, the panel and chair refused categorically to rule out that this was about statutory regulation.

MAIN AREAS OF DIFFICULTY

  • this whole project has been imposed without consultation, on the basis that the big 3 must know best. 
  • it ignores difference in training, practice, supervision and development of practice.
  • it, without evidence, sets standards for practice and training and supervision & what constitutes a Senior Practitioner
  • the framework once applied means everyone’s practice has to fit within – if you do not then you will be declared ‘unsafe’ or a ‘charlatan’. From BACP web-site:‘How will the SCoPEd Framework affect my existing membership, registration or accreditation?...over time existing members may be asked to benchmark themselves against the framework (including any post registration skills and experience) as part of ongoing registration requirements and as evidence of working within their competence.’
  • it invents the need for the public to be told which practitioner they should trust.  Only the big 3 can guarantee a practice by applying their framework.- From the Q&A quotes on BACP website: “The outcome of the SCoPEd project, and the collaborative nature of SCoPEd, puts us in a strong position to respond to the challenge of statutory regulation if it does happen." So, without consulting anyone, they are moving from regulation by PSA to regulation by HCPC.
  • BACP accreditation is the only access route to ‘advanced qualified counsellor’ and its more autonomous competencies. This locks out anyone who is not a member and generates a large steady income stream for BACP.
  • there is no evidence that this accreditation process which uses competencies works.  Why change what has worked for decades?- the distinction between the various levels is driven from the top-down instead of being based in practice (bottom-up).See Footnote ii for links to information on the SCoPEd project

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ACTION 2

Read the following and tweet, twitter your comments to as many people as possible

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TEXTS So far:

https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/about/   

David Murphy ‘The Questionable Evidence Base of SCoPEd’ 31st January 2019  David Murphy, Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, interrogates the claim that the SCoPEd framework is ‘evidence-based’. 

Andy Rogers ‘SCoPEd Denial, Distortion & Deception’ 30th January 2019

Andrew Samuels ‘’Psychoanalytic Coup’ – Andrew Samuels on the SCoPEd competence framework’ 30th January 2019    

Denis Postle ‘Regulation, Professionalism & Cultures of Dominance’ 25th January 2018 National Counselling Society (NCS), open letter to BACP highlighting all the contradictions between BACP’s 2009 HPC response and the SCoPEd project: February 2019

Counsellors Together ‘Initial response to BACP re: SCoPEd project : 4th February 2019.

PCSR have released an excellent 10-point statement of opposition

Maria Albertsen has an inspired twitter thread (52 tweets long!) of all the things SCoPEd says ‘counsellors’ can’t do…  

TWEETS RECEIVED BY THE ALLIANCE

From, twitter profile, of Susanna Abse  @SusannaAbse Psychotherapist/Org consultant/Chair, British Psychoanalytic Council/Past CEO of Tavistock Rels. Tweeting on #relationships/#mentalhealth/#psychoanalysis

TWEET 1, 6th February 2019, https://twitter.com/SusannaAbse/status/1092767672050307072 “It’s v. good that many #counsellors and #psychotherapists engaged with #SCoPEd. But wonder if we C &P’s find it difficult to trust our colleagues? #SCoPEd is a building block to bringing us closer together not, I repeat, not designed to divide us. Splitting...again? Hope not.”COMMENTSo, because the Alliance challenges what the big 3 have done, in secret and without consultation, the Chair of the BPC takes a stand from within her certainties and sticks the blame on us. The Alliance (C & P’s), not the BPC, cannot trust colleagues (who exclude them and work in secret).  The Alliance is stupid to see ScoPEd as divisive rather than a building block to closeness. She asserts that bringing us closer together, that is standardising our practices to her design, is a good thing with no evidence that this is so. Then she throws ‘splitting’ at us, in the mistaken belief that the BPC’s use of this term is valid throughout the practice of counselling and psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. What a breathtaking insular view of our practices, which covers us with the cloth of standardisation for our own good, from a pedestal somewhere in the clouds.

TWEET 2, 7th February 2019, https://twitter.com/SusannaAbse/status/1093423155367030784 “Is outlining potential differences in competency divisive? These are minimum competencies - they don’t define me - it’s a framework, not meant to be a personal slur. Take a step back. #ScoPEd” COMMENT“Take a step back”..??!   We are arguing from the outside, the position which has been given to us by this SCoPEd project.  “they don’t define me”, says the person at top of the proposed hierarchy to people at the bottom.

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ACTION 3

MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN – FILLING IN THE SURVEY IF YOU ARE A BIG 3 REGISTRANTBEFORE 22ND FEBRUARY 2019

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Note:The current consultation does not ask for your views on the content of the draft framework, rather it seeks to garner empirical justification for the standardisation of practice. Perhaps, if you are registered with the BACP, BPC or UKCP, you could respond to the consultation and tell them how you disagree with their ambitions.

If you are registered with one of the big 3 and have not received the invitation to take part in the consultation, please contact them and insist.In the comments section, you can use the above texts to critique the whole project.

If you are not registered with the big 3, you should anyway take note of this latest attempt to define practice standards, one that will play a role in a future push to state regulation.

This project can be used to lock out all who are not registered with the big 3.

In 2009, the Maresfield Report, a response to an attempt to regulate the field by the Health & Care Professions Council endorsed by ten psychoanalytic training organisations, successfully argued that the diversity and the range of practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy in the UK served to benefit the public, offering choice as to the aims, techniques and the theories and ethics that underpin practice. Standardisation would reduce choice and diversity. You can find the Maresfield Report on the Alliance front page at https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/about/ 

The Expert Reference Group (ERG) proposing standardisation have chosen to interpret some concepts in ways that ignore the history, development and inherent tensions that exist in the psy-field. For example, it is claimed that ‘unconscious could refer to non-conscious, and transference or counter-transference could be described as the client or patient’s internal experience of the therapist, and one’s own experience in response.’ Not all psychotherapists would agree with such definitions.

ERG – POSSIBLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST

It is regrettable that the following surely brings up conflicts of interest in relation to the Expert Reference Group who were assembled for this collaboration between BACP, UKCP and BPC. It is already known that the chair co-wrote a paper with Anthony Roth and Stephen Pilling whose methodology is said to be important to the scoping exercise. Hence, her designation as an ‘independent chair’ is questionable. Moreover, she is of course a registrant of BPC. 

We have noted from the names on the ERG that several have held senior administrative/political posts in the registering bodies. 

Now this: 

Item 2.1 of the competencies document proposes that ‘qualified counsellors’, when assessing clients, must have the ‘Ability to collaborate with supervisor and (or) other professionals to decide if a client or patient is suitable for therapy’ -  but not the ‘Ability to undertake a competent clinical assessment that is consistent with own therapeutic approach.’ This competency manifestly belongs to ‘advanced counsellors’ and ‘psychotherapists’ only. 

Our informant takes this to mean – and we are inclined to agree - that unless you are an ‘advanced counsellor’ you could not therefore function autonomously in private practice or generally regard yourself as competent to make a choice as to whether or not you could see a client. 

Research has now shown that there is one particular counselling training system that prefigures this approach. This organisation requires its qualified graduates to do further training before being allowed/permitted to see private clients. 

It seems that a member of the ERG used to run this organisation, and this is where the conflict of interest may arise. The more so if this approach is likely to penetrate into the two organisations that register counsellors: BACP and UKCP. 

The issue, as it strikes the Alliance, is less about what one might think of the restriction on private practice on the part of ‘qualified counsellors’ per se, and more on how this scoping edifice has been constituted and managed. 

Hence, many future ‘qualified counsellors’ the Alliance doubts, could buy into the lists of competencies in relation to their practices. Therefore, anyone who imagines that, were this hierarchical system to become concretely established, they would only be a ‘qualified counsellor’ must do everything possible, when replying to the survey, to indicate that they strongly oppose what is being put forward.

  • TERMS USED
  • BACP – British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy - https://www.bacp.co.uk 
  • BPC – British Psychoanalytic Council - https://www.bpc.org.uk
  • UKCP – United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy - https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk
  • PSA – (to which all the big 3 belong) Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care - https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk     - Until 30 November 2012 it was known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE). It is an independent body, which is accountable to the Parliament of the United Kingdom.[2] It assesses the performance of each regulator, conducts audits, scrutinises their decisions and reports to Parliament. It seeks to achieve balance in the oversight of regulation through the application of the concept of right-touch regulation
  • HCPC - The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) | - https://www.hcpc-uk.org/ ,
  • From the UKCP’s website:- How we protect the publicWe set the standards for the professionals on our RegisterWe approve programmes which professionals must complete to register with usWe take action when professionals on our Register do not meet our standards
  • NCS - National Counselling Society  - https://www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org
  • PCSR - Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility :  http://www.pcsr.org.uk 

Compiled by Julia Evans. With contributions from David Murphy, Arthur Musgrave, Ian Parker, Denis Postle, Andy Rogers, Andrew Samuels and many others(Blog : https://allianceblogs.wordpress.com/about/Contact info@allianceforcandp.org)

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The Person-Centred Association (TPCA) trustees meeting update, October 2018

The Association name change has been registered with the Charity Commission, and the process of becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is moving forward.

Membership numbers are rising, since the changes implemented in September – welcome to new members, and thank you to all who have stayed with BAPCA/PTCA through difficult times – we look forward to hearing from, and seeing more of you in the coming months

.There have been a few submissions after the PCQ editors’ appeal, but more would be very welcome! It would be great to be able to put together an issue before Christmas.

There will be a redesign of the logo, and related materials… the trustees are in dialogue with Lynne Blundell, who did the design currently on the website.

Trustees have agreed that strengthening links with other PCA organisations and groups benefits all – so we will be actively pursuing this, starting with sharing the news of the new TPCA! We are also offering to pay the delegate fees for a member to represent TPCA (and report back) at PCE Europe’s Conference in Poland in 2019.

Dates for your diaries: 

30th Anniversary celebration - Saturday 8th June 2019 – 10.30am-7pm with barbeque, at the Quaker Meeting House, Coventry.

AGM – Saturday 16th July 2019 – 10.30am-4.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Norwich 

The trustees want to keep Local Groups (LGs) in the loop, and are checking that TPCA have the correct contact details – you can let us know too, of any changes – send an email to cg@bapca.org.uk

Maybe your LG might be willing to share the organisation of an Encounter day – or other PCA event with TPCA – under the TPCA umbrella – TPCA can underpin the venue hire and refreshment costs, and administer delegate payments, with lower rates for TPCA members. If this appeals, please get in touch (cg@bapca.org.uk )

Remember too, that TPCA can offer £100 seed money to help in the setting up of a new PCA group.  

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BAPCA to become The Person-Centred Association

At the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of BAPCA, held Saturday 18th August 2018, the organisation voted to accept and set about the process to implement a resolution to change its name.

The change was from The British Association for the Person-Centred Approach to The Person-Centred Association.

The AGM expressed its will to move the organisation forwards, with the view that the new name would be more closely aligned to the current context the organisation finds itself in, and will help to facilitate its growth and development.

To this end, we have started a process to incrementally implement the change in name of the organisation to ‘The Person-Centred Association’ step by step, firstly updating the Charity Commission (as they regulate charities such as BAPCA), which has been done, and, of course, you - as soon as we were able. The next steps will involve changes to the website, for example, and of course changes to other materials thereafter.

The Person-Centred Association (TPCA), will also become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). We hope you will bear with the Trustees whilstthis exciting new development is put in place.

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Making use of facebook

Hi all,

 

After a hiatus (apologies for that - I've (LJ) been dealing with illness), the blog is hopefully back with some useful things. Right now I'm looking at facebook groups, and I've put together a list of various UK/worldwide facebook groups. If a group is missing and you think it should be added, please leave a comment and I'll get it included!

There are various types of groups and I have grouped them into the sets below. Please note there are overlaps (such as person-centered trainee groups etc):

This list is in no way an endorsement of any particular group. Groups are more or less inclusive of varying demographics depending on the group. I will be doing another post with pages at some point.

 

Groups for specific demographics of students/qualified counsellors

Groups about demographics

Person-centered groups

Trainee groups

UK and Ireland specific location-based counsellors

Newly qualified

Jobs and CPD

School counsellors

Counsellors with a cause

General

Other potentially relevant groups

 

  Groups for specific demographics of students/qualified counsellors
Non-binary therapists A space for non-binary therapists and therapy-related practitioners to share experiences and support. Note: this is a secret group. If 'non-binary' describes you and you would like to join, drop LJ a me a message and I can see about adding you

 

Non-binary, Genderfluid, Queer and Trans Therapists Forum This group is a place for queer therapists to share resources, knowledge, referrals, and support in promoting a queer-positive culture for our clients and colleagues

 

 
Muslim counsellors UK Salam, this is group is ONLY for Muslim counsellors in the UK and serves as a directory. Please post where you are located and what field you specialise in

 

LGBT+ counsellors and psychotherapists social lounge If you are NOT a COUNSELLOR or PSYCHOTHERAPIST (or cannot provide evidence of being so, whether a trainee, qualified or retired), sorry but this IS NOT the group for you... We're a socially-orientated group for LGBT+ Counsellors and Psychotherapists, formed to share, discuss and support each other in the more specific areas of being an LGBT+ therapist, working with gender-, sexual- and relationship- diverse clients, or simply how to make the perfect cocktail... IMPORTANT BITS:- - If you identify as LGBT+ / GSRD you may get more from this group than if you don't. - ALLIES welcome, but we're not an academic resource ("I have a gay client, how do I...?") nor, with respect, are we something to be studied ;)

 

    Groups about demographics

Babel - Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Psychotherapy Group Babel - Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Psychotherapy Group was created to have a space where counsellors whose English is not their first language could share their experience and material related to Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Psychotherapy. It would also be a space for those working with clients whose English may not be their first language and who are looking to have more Multi-Ethnic Counselling awareness. Membership is open to qualified or trainee counsellors/psychotherapists who have an interest in Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Psychotherapy. All contributions to the group are welcome but respect for each other is very important. ADVERTISING such as CPD adverts, blog posts, self-written articles, quotes, pictures, links to business websites or social media sites and the like are ONLY ALLOWED ON FRIDAYS. This group won’t replace supervision. However, if you want to share your experience and the way you work with a specific issue or would like to ask how people work with a specific issue you are welcome. It is a place to share theoretical material, research, book reviews related to the theme, etc. Please, DO NOT POST ANYTHING ABOUT CLIENTS - it is unethical and breaches clients’ confidentiality

 

Pink Therapy This is a closed group aimed at therapists of all genders and sexualities and theoretical orientations working with Gender and Sexual Diversity Clients. This is not a place to discuss client material or promote your private practice and be mindful that others might see posts as we can't police it too closely

 

    Person-centered groups

ADPCA - The Association for the Development of the Person Centered Approach Welcome to our ADPCA Group! This Group is an open community for the exchange of ideas, news and experiences about and related to the Person-Centered Approach (PCA). The Group welcomes all persons, including members and non-members of The Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach (ADPCA). We have three volunteers who keep an eye on the technical side of things, who are: Jo Hamilton, Sarah Solis and Tiane Corso Graziottin. The volunteers are not facilitators of the group. The responsibility to facilitate and develop the group belongs to all its members, as in a true person-centered community. We invite you to join us and become part of this self-community-directed experience!

 

Person-centered and experiential counselling and psychotherapy This group is intended to bring together those who are passionate about the Person Centred way of being, and reclaiming the Person Centred Approach as a radical approach that is often misunderstood and mis-characterised. The Person Centred approach offers a much needed counter to the narrative of pathology, diagnosis and the resultant focus on talking therapies concerned only with quantifiable symptom reduction rather than the complexity and richness of what it is to be human and to strive to live well in this world. This group is intended to allow us the opportunity to share our experiences with others that share our values of deep trust and respect for the uniqueness and autonomy of the people we work with. It can also be a space that allows us to explore our understanding of the Person Centred approach, including its developments and diversity, share articles, resources and CPD opportunities. It is hoped that the group will evolve in its own organic way as it grows and we each contribute to its development. Please share and invite with others who may be interested

 

Person Centred counselling, and Focusing This is a discussion forum for all people who are interested in Carl Rogers Person Centred Approach to life and therapy, and also Focusing, and Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) developed from PCC by Eugene Gendlin. Also mindfulness, when relevant to the above. In this group there is an expectation that we all try and offer each other a relationship characterised by the Core conditions - congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard. No personal attacks, even if you venomously disagree with someone. Perhaps you have misunderstood their post. We all have a responsibility to accept people will not agree with everything we may post. Those disagreeing have a responsibility to do so with compassion and politeness

 

        Trainee groups

Person-centered counselling trainees Membership is open to person-centred counselling trainees registered on a course within further, adult and higher education. Contact one of the admins if you have an alternative reason to join this group

 

Support resources for counselling trainees This group is for those in the counselling sector looking for resources and to share events and knowledge to develop own competences. The group was originally developed from a trainee group, as an alternative space for group members to have a place to share relevant resources and encourage each other during training. This group is set to 'closed' which means that non-group members can see you are part of the group but cannot see your posts

 

Counselling psychology and psychotherapy training For all those in training in counselling psychology and psychotherapy. Also for those looking for training and those already qualified to talk about training and research in counselling psychology and psychotherapy

 

The reflective trainee counsellor This is a group for counselling trainees, whether you be at the Introduction or Diploma level. It is a place where we can share our experiences and discuss some of the issues confronted throughout our training, as well as some of the key concepts of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. Please make yourself at home and feel free to post your own experiences or pose questions for discussion.

 

Student counsellors across UK This group is for any student trainee counsellor's across Lancashire and the rest of UK. Members of the group are expected to treat other members with respect. This will be a group where we can support each other and discuss counselling issues whilst on our journeys to becoming qualified counsellors

 

        UK and Ireland specific location-based counsellors

Counsellors and therapists in northwest England This is an open group of counsellors, counselling organisations, students and other interested parties with the aim of networking, sharing resources and providing low-cost PD and CPD. Please introduce yourself and share a little of what you offer and what you'd like to see. Starting the ball rolling, I'm a counsellor in private practice offering Person Centred Therapy and CBT to individuals and couples in and around Liverpool and wider afield using Skype. I also offer casework supervision and organise occasional PD and CPD events, workshops and other activities. If there is anything you'd like to attend a workshop on, please email me or post here and I'll see what I can do.

 

Counsellors in Essex This group has been created for QUALIFIED COUNSELLORS IN ESSEX so that we can support and share knowledge, advertise any local CPD and anything else which is counselling related. I am also keen to create a supervision peer group in the area and hope that other parts of Essex can do the same. Any suggestions are also welcomed

 

Counsellors and psychotherapists network Ireland Potential new members - This group is for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or counselling/psychotherapy students in Ireland, to network and share cpd, events and reflections

 

        Newly qualified

New private counsellors Hi, welcome everyone and thanks for joining the Group I hope it will be of help to new private practitioners and those of us, like myself, who are in the process of starting out. My hopes for the Group are that it will be supportive, informative, creative and will follow the ethos and principles of the BACP Ethical Code of Practice (and equivalent codes from other bodies). As Administrator I'll attend to the day to day running of the Group and will contibute regularly, mostly with questions I'd imagine, as my original idea was based on finding out more about how to set up practice sucessfully and appropriately for my future clients. I hope the Group will be self-regulating and I'll not be interfering too much other than to soak up all the hopefully useful information and support posted in the Group. One thing I would ask is please don't post any client information, however diluted. As a newly qualified counsellor (PG/Dip Person-centred from the University of Strathclyde) I know it's going to be tough going into private practice so soon, and again, that's partly what this Group is about. So welcome again everybody and I look forward to getting to know you all better

 

Psychotherapists and counsellors starting out – UK and Ireland Carving out a career path as a freshly qualified therapist is not exactly straightforward! So many of us get into this line of work and do extensive training because we are passionate about it but when we get towards the end of our studies and start trying to figure out our next steps it becomes quite clear that it is anything but clear. There are a million other courses to do, various accrediting bodies, rumours of changes in regulation...the list goes on. It can also be very hard to find paid work, or unpaid for that matter! So, I decided to set up this Facebook group as a place for us all to share our own experiences, ask lots of questions and hopefully figure things out as we take the next steps in our psychotherapy and counselling careers. ***This group is geared towards UK and Irish therapists-in-training or recently qualified therapists. If it grows big enough I’ll set up separate groups. For now, can you please put either UK or Ireland at the end of any questions or comments you have if it is country specific but I think combining the groups will be really useful for us all (crosses fingers)***

 

        Jobs and CPD

Counselling and psychotherapy jobs As a counsellor and psychotherapist who works in both private practice and employment, I wanted to encourage a group where anyone can advertise paid for therapy jobs worldwide and where therapy job seekers may express interest in work whether full time, part time, sessional or flexible. All postings are free! This is not a space to advertise or share clinical hours, voluntary hours or any unpaid work whatsoever. Please do not post CPD advertisements, blogs or articles, quotes, pictures or links to business websites or social media sites

 

Counsellor CPD A professional development resource for counselling and psychotherapy practitioners. The Counsellor CPD Podcast brings you interviews focused on continuing professional development for counsellors and psychotherapists

 

        School counsellors

Network of school counsellors A place where counsellors and others interested in mental health issues faced by children and young people, can share ideas and experiences and recommend resources

 

School counsellors England For school counsellors in England

        Counsellors with a cause

Counsellors together UK A group for UK-based counsellors interested in working together to end the culture and prevalence of unpaid work within our profession. In order to retain a focus on this aim, we are unable to approve posts that do not focus on our aim, this includes therapy-related posts. Such posts can be discussed in other FB groups such as: Counsellors Connect, Counselling Private Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy etc...

 

        General counselling

Counsellors connect Hi all, thought it would be nice for Therapist (in all stages of there career) to have a place where they can share tips and met other Therapists. ONLY request to join this page if you are a Trainee or Trained Counsellor. Advertising CPD events and support networks is allowed. NO client Info is to be discussed, only our experiences or ways of working with presenting issues & latest research, theory's etc are shared. This group does not count towards supervision hours. Its purpose is to be a place for us to share knowledge and converse with like minded Therapists. Please note anyone can see this group and its members, but only members are able to see the posts. Post are to refrain from self advertising except on a FRIDAY... FREE FRIDAY= ANYTHING GOES (counselling related). This is a closed group so only members can post. A place to network with fellow therapists, share ideas about marketing & approaches, and share info about any CPD courses that are being run!

 

Counsellors UK This group is for trained counsellors and counsellors in training in the UK to share ideas, ask questions and offer support/help to others within the group. We have, as a group, decided that we would like to use the group just for this and that we won't advertise ourselves as therapists as there seems little point advertising ourselves to other therapists. However, there was a point that it is good to network with counsellors from within our own areas. Therefore, please feel free to put a post up with your area and we ask other counsellors from within that area to comment with their name and orientation. That way we can all stay in touch if we want to from county to county or town to town. If anyone has any other suggestions on how to improve the group please let me know. Thank you

 

The creative counsellors club WE INSPIRE AND CONNECT QUALIFIED & TRAINEE COUNSELLORS, COACHES & THERAPISTS to explore different ways of working creatively with clients,to increase self-awareness and self-care practice and support for growing your counselling biz! What we offer? A) A FREE CREATIVE THERAPIES SKILLS SHARE SPACE B) SUPPORT TO GROW YOUR THERAPY BIZ ONLINE via Social Media, Web design & Blogging Power C) A COMMUNITY OF LIKE MINDED, NON-JUDGEMENTAL & CREATIVE THERAPISTS. Celebrating diversity and coming together from all over the world to inspire and connect each other Group guidelines: ? ABSOLUTELY NO SHARING OF YOUR LINKS, BUSINESS PAGES, WEBSITES, PRODUCTS OR ANYTHING ELSE! WHY? This is a FREE skills-share space for all of us to connect! It is not a sales page! If we find that we are removing many of your links we will have no choice but to remove you from the group. We ask you to BRING VALUE TO THE COMMUNITY without trying to promote your own products, services and pages!

 

Counsellors and psychotherapists worldwide The purpose of this group is to promote discussions and dissemination of Counselling and Psychotherapy knowledge, and is a forum for Counsellors and Psychotherapists to promote services, private practice, tools, techniques, books, workshops, apps, conferences etc. - as long as they are therapy related. It is not a support group for people seeking therapy, so consumers in this group should not post questions about/seek advice on personal issues

 

Existential Therapy For those who are interested in the existential approach to psychotherapy

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PCCS Books Post comment, questions, events and news feeds of interest to the person-centred and critical/alternative mental health communities

 

'Drop the disorder!'.... ...towards a more informed and respectful response to emotional distress. 'Drop the Disorder!' is a group for anyone who is interested in challenging traditional approaches to emotional distress. It provides a place to explore more helpful and appropriate alternatives to the language of disorder, diagnosis, medicalisation and psychotropic drugs. Members include therapeutic and support professionals, people with lived experience, academics, 'service users', mental health professionals, activists, bloggers, supporters and allies etc. Anyone who is interested is welcome! "The relevant question in psychiatry shouldn't be what's wrong with you but what happened to you?" (Jacqui Dillon / Eleanor Londgen)

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