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Posted in General by Morna Rutherford

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The Supervision Training team at the University of Strathclyde is delighted to be running our sixth Professional Certificate in Supervising Counsellors and Psychotherapists. The course is now full and some participants are offering free supervision for the duration of the training commencing January 2016. The orientation of the course is relational and collaborative. Our participants are located in various areas over the UK. If you would like the opportunity of extra supervision free of charge, please contact Morna Rutherford on

Posted in Notices by Susan Stephen

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This email was sent by the PCU on 28th November 2015 to Mary Bennett, Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde. PCU has agreed for the email to be shared in full on the PCT Scotland website.

Dear Vice Chancellor,

This communication from the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Union is in response to the recent announcements concerning the future of the person-centred counselling courses at University of Strathclyde.

We consider these moves to be unnecessary, unacceptable and taken with negligible consultation given the need for highly skilled and well qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, both locally to Glasgow and also in the region and in the UK. We are concerned about the impact on existing students and staff.

We believe your decisions were based on poor information and a lack of understanding of the ways in which the overall field of the psychological therapies is developing. In-depth therapy work is generally agreed, on the basis of research, to be both effective in terms of alleviating mental and emotional distress, and also to be what clients and patients find beneficial and suited to their needs. It strikes us that the proposed new undergraduate course is likely to be unfit for purpose as an entry to the professions of counselling and psychotherapy.

Not only this, but the decision seems to have been made without consideration of the very high national and international standing that University of Strathclyde holds in the field. For nearly twenty five years, Strathclyde has been synonymous with person-centred therapy. Changes of the magnitude that has been planned not only affects colleagues and students in Glasgow but all of us in the profession.

The person-centred course at University of Strathclyde was one very significant way that the University was known outside of Glasgow and these closures are a retrograde step.

We request that these decisions be reconsidered, an appropriate consultative process be established, and that you call a meeting of stakeholders which the Union would attend.

We look forward to the swift receipt of your response to this communication and we would appreciate acknowledgement of its receipt.

Yours sincerely,

Dr David Murphy
Kate O’Halloran
Professor Andrew Samuels
(PCU Committee)

This e-mail has been copied to selected staff at Strathclyde, chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Universities and Colleges Union, COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland), Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association.

Posted in Notices by Susan Stephen

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Sign the petition:

If you are on Facebook:
- Keep in touch with information: like the SAVE Counselling Training at Strathclyde Uni page
- Contribute to the protest: join the closed group Counselling Training at Strathclyde Uni (Protest Group), which is "open too all who are against these planned changes".

Posted in Notices by Susan Stephen

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On Friday 20th November 2015, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) of the University of Strathclyde announced to staff and students of the Counselling Unit, which is located within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, that entry to all postgraduate courses in counselling and psychotherapy will be suspended from 2016, for a minimum of four years, while a joint Honours undergraduate degree in Psychology and Counselling Studies is developed and delivered.

The tutors who deliver the postgraduate training are employed by the university as self-employed workers on temporary contracts. Our services to the university will be terminated when teaching on the current courses end.

Like our students, we were not consulted by the Faculty during the decision-making process and therefore have been unable to contribute by providing information to the Faculty about the impact that this decision will have on the provision of counselling services in Scotland or offering ideas about alternative solutions.

We have written the attached briefing paper in order that our views can be heard. We hope that, by doing so, this will open up a wider conversation that may result in the Faculty reviewing its decision.

Posted in Notices by David Gibson

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We have an exciting and diverse Deputy Manager opportunity at Validium in our Glasgow office.
We are looking for someone who has the following key professional skills:
• Accredited to BACP or other professional body
• 5 years min clinical hours experience
• Core mental Health awareness.
• High level Psychological First Aid/Trauma responding.
• Expert in Clinical risk management protocols
• Knowledge and understanding of managing trauma
• Awareness and respect for different therapeutic modalities
• Understanding of the commercial and clinical relationships with clients and customers.
• Conversant with clinical governance
• Ability to contribute to regular audit/ evaluation and analysis

Role Requirements
Essential clinical skills/Knowledge/Experience
• Manage a team of Clinical Team Leaders effectively and efficiently.
• Lead development projects
• Lead clinical initiatives
• Ability to identify team strengths
• Can chair meetings to time and agree action points
• Motivate staff
• Performance Management (PDR) skills
• Training and presentation skills
• Ability to work in a partnership with customers and other external contacts
• Deal with disciplinary matters
• Accountable for own professional actions & actions of the department
• Interprets/ implements/ monitors and evaluates policies for department.
• Highly skilled in dealing with staff development
• Engages in respectful and professional relationships with all colleagues and clients
• Have an awareness of statistical
• Handles complaints in a professional manner.
• Have a will do attitude and flexibility

If you think you are the right person for this role please email your CV and covering letter to

Posted in Jobs by David Gibson

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We have an exciting new vacancy for a Senior Telephone Counsellor within our 24-hour Client Contact Centre in our Glasgow office.

Some of the key responsibilities of this role will be:
• To work as part of the team to assess client needs and deliver a confidential counselling service in accordance with the
BACP/BABCP/UKCP Codes of Ethics and best practice.
• Under the on-going direction of the Duty Clinical Team Leader, you will provide support and guidance to Telephone Counsellors to include:
o Supporting counsellors in clinical decision making and in accordance with the Validium Brief Therapy Model
o Providing case management support to counsellors – responding to emails from counsellors; documenting case management discussions and entering case management discussions onto our system.
o Monitoring call-backs and taking appropriate action along with Duty CTL to manage these effectively
o Being available for case discussion during out of office hours. (on-call)
o Contribute to individual project tasks.

Role Requirements

Essential Knowledge/Experience
• Has demonstrated a competency in telephone counselling and, for example, has 6 months or more telephone counselling experience
• Has around 400 counselling hours of supervised practice
• Is accredited or is working towards their accreditation with a recognised professional body
• Has excellent working and clinical knowledge of risk assessment process and risk management /flagging protocols.
• Has good understanding and working knowledge of Validium policies and the various roles/departments within Validium
• Good awareness of Customer contracts/nuances
• Compliant/conversant with organisational policies
o Can take guidance and direction in a positive manner and offers solutions to issues raised
o Can build trusting relationships with team members, Clinical Team Leaders and other roles across the wider organisation
o Demonstrates excellent communication skills, verbal and written
o Proficient in IT skills.

If this role interests you please email your CV and covering letter to

Posted in Research by Caren Christie

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Research participants wanted.

What is the purpose of this investigation?

This MSc study centres on a client’s perspective of relational depth (Mearns & Cooper 2005), identifying and exploring a deep relational moment in therapy, and in particular what it was that led to the client opening up to a relational moment and what occurrences in a client’s life may have been a precursor to enabling a moment of depth to be reached with a therapist. Relational Depth concept in psychotherapy research is still in its infancy although there has been a growing body of research carried out in the last few years, this research could expand this growing interest.

Would you like to take part in our research interview?

As part of an MSc Study, we are conducting 60-90 minute audio recorded Interviews asking participants (*Fully Qualified Person Centred Therapists) who have experienced a moment of Relational Depth in their own personal therapy to explore this experience with a view to pinpointing the source of these experiences.

How to take part?

Times and venue are flexible and can be arranged around the participant’s location and availability. Rooms can also be used within Strathclyde University, Glasgow.

How to get in Contact?

For further information please contact:
Caren Christie: 07943849612

**This research is being conducted at Strathclyde University and has University Ethics approval.
***When a maximum number of participants has been reached this notice will be withdrawn.

Posted in PCT Scotland by Catherine Cowie

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Dates for your diary . . .

PCT Scotland is a member-driven organisation, and the best way for members to actively engage with the PCT Scotland community is face-to-face at meetings and gatherings! The Coordinating Group has planned a schedule of opportunities for us to be together and to act collectively during 2015/16. To give members the best possible chance of making it to these meetings the dates, times and venues are being announced now (see attached document).

19th Sept 2015 Special General Meeting 13:30 - 14:30 Renfield Centre
19th Sept 2015 CG 15:00 - 16:30 Renfield Centre
17th Oct 2015 CG 09:30 - 12:30 Tom Allan Centre
7th Nov 2015 Autumn Gathering 14:00 - 17:00 Renfield Centre
16th Jan 2016 CG 09:30 - 12:30 Tom Allan Centre
12th March 2015 CG 09:30 - 12:30 Tom Allan Centre
14th May 2015 Annual General Meeting 12:30 - 14:30 Renfield Centre

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