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Following the "PCT Scotland Online Peer Support Groups" notice, we finally had our first meeting today and we would like to invite other members to join us. Our next online meeting will be held on Thursday 28th May between 2.30pm and 4pm. 

If you are interested in joining us or are curious about it and want to know more, you can contact Francesca at francesca.loverso@gmail.com

We hope to see you on the 28th.

PCE Europe's new website is now live and looking good!  Check it out here: https://www.pce-europe.org/

16 hours per week, Tuesdays to Fridays with some weekend work.  See attached job description for further details.

If you'd like to participate in a regular encounter group for Person-Centred therapists counselors and students in the Aberdeen area, please get in touch.

I'm contemplating monthly or bi-monthly meetings of between an hour and a half and two hours, probably in the evenings, mid-week.

If numbers are small, I can host them and there will be no charge. If the group outgrows my living-room, we might have to hire a room and divide the costs.

I live in the Old Aberdeen area, with free on-street parking in the evening, near bus-stops on Powis Terrace and Bedford Road. I'm on the ground floor, with reasonable disabled access.

I can do tea/coffee, and might rise to biscuits!

You will find my details at:


I'm starting supervision training with Personna shortly, and I'm looking for practitioners/students in the Aberdeen area who would like to share some of this process with me!

I would be offering free supervisions sessions for the duration of the training (from now until June 2020).

You can find my profile here:


Give me a call or drop me a note if you're interested!


Hi. I’m looking to hire a counselling room in Glasgow city centre for  a couple of midweek  evenings and possibly a Saturday morning. My preferred location would be around Central Station i.e. Union St., Hope St., Gordon St.,  maybe stretching to lower end of Buchanan Street. 

I would prefer to hire on a monthly (ongoing) basis, rather than consider hourly room hire. 

Please contact by email  - cazmunro@live.com or submit an enquiry if you have evening room hire to offer. 
Many thanks
Carol Munro

In January I am looking to offer reduced supervision to 2 supervisee's, for 10hrs each at a reduced rate due to my training supervision course requirements.

Ideally I would like to work with a trainee counsellor and a qualified counsellor.  I do have experience in working with client who are Autisic/Asperger's Syndrome diagnosied (undiagnosied), which may be an area of interest within your work as a counsellor.

Please contact me for further information.

We are looking for:-

A counsellor to work with Secondary school aged children.

Between 2 schools in West Lothian (so must need access to a car).

Hours are 8.45am - 4.45pm

Seeing 5 clients a day plus drop in session at lunchtime

Group Supervision offered once a month

Continuous development training

Salary TBC on application

Counselling Services Manager           £28,050-£36,644 per annum              Based in Coatbridge, Scotland (but needs to be willing to travel)

To provide leadership and support to staff in order to be part of the team which delivers counselling and promotes psychological wellbeing and emotional resilience

This organisation seeks professional to demonstrate the core values of counselling in the treatment of clients and staff. To provide a leadership which balances care for staff with care for clients. The role of the manager is to guide staff in the performance of their duties while also linking in with the different priorities the organisation has in meeting its contractual responsibilities to organisations and individuals


  • Degree or diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy
  • Accreditation or eligibility for accreditation with BACP or equivalent body.


  • Experience and evidence of effective working and contribution within a counselling organisation and or multi disciplinary team which works in the care sector
  • Experienced at building and maintaining professional links with other organisations
  • Experienced in managing services and people

Knowledge and Skills:

  • A high standard of professional skills appropriate to working with

 people with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties

  • Effective, clear and positive communication skills
  • Capacity to deal with highly sensitive and complex issues
  • Personal and professional resilience when dealing with stressful and difficult situations

Upcoming event being held in the Kimpton Blythswood Hotel, G2 4AD.
This event has speakers who work with individuals, couples and families who live with Asperger's.  Lunch is provided within the price of this half day event.

I was saddened to hear that Charlie O’Leary, one of the person-centred world’s well-loved and biggest characters, passed away from a stroke on 20th October 2019.  

Charlie, from Denver, Colorado, was a frequent contributor to person-centred training in Scotland, often visiting Strathclyde University as a guest speaker to teach the students amidst a lot of laughter and usually a bit of singing. 

My experience of Charlie, and the many stories I have heard from colleagues of their meetings with him, paint the picture of a warm and funny man who was very generous in sharing his knowledge and experiences. He is best known for his work on person-centred couples and family therapy and this work is, and will continue to be, a major contribution to the person-centred approach. He will be very much missed,

On behalf of PCT Scotland I send condolences to Charlie’s family, who are in our thoughts.


Located in super central 111 Union Street – right by Glasgow Central Station – light, private and comfortable space suitable for talking therapies and admin work. 
• From 1st November onward, full use of room and facilities on:
-      Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 4pm onwards, Saturdays and Sundays
• Wi-Fi
• Kitchen and utensils 
• Meeting room access holding 8-12 peoples
• Tissues
• Desk 
• Regular cleaning of room and facilities 
• Heating
• CCTV in communal areas of building
• Toilets and Shower
• 24 hour access on your days (exc Thursday during the day) – with your own keys
• Secure buzzer entry system for visitors
• Excellent transport links
• Unfortunately the building is not wheelchair accessible. There are three steps at the front of the building and then a choice of lift or stairs to the room
 Monthly hire only – looking for someone who would like to rent the room for a full day(s) – not available for hiring by the hour. Very reasonable rates – to be discussed dependent on how many days you would be using
Must be qualified and insured if enquiring to use as a helping professional.  
Please do get in touch with Elizabeth for more info or if you would like to visit the room: elizabethriddellcounselling@gmail.com

Glasgow Council on Alcohol are looking to expand their Board of Directors and are seeking applications.  Please see the attached notice for further information.

I am currently seeking a supervisee for 10 hours of low-cost supervision as part of my supervision training. Supervisees can be qualified counsellors/other therapists or counsellors in training. If you are interested in taking up this offer, please PM me so we can arrange a chat.


This course is aimed at counsellors with a Diploma ion Counselling or Counselling Skills users with  COSCA Counselling Skills certificate or equivalent as their training. It is designed to equip the less experienced practitioner with a better understanding and use of supervision, as well as to provide a significant first step for the longer trained and more experienced practitioner in their role as supervisors. This course has full COSCA validation.

The course runs for 6 sessions over 3 weekends in October, November and December from 9.30 to 4.30 each day.

How can we move on from extreme adversity such as relational trauma, serious illness and organised violence? Join Professor of Mental Health Zoë Chouliara on World Mental Health Day as she explores how human beings can cope and even find personal growth following traumatic events, by learning to harness relationships that aid their recovering.

Zoë is an award winning clinical academic, who was named one of the Top 100 Nation’s Lifesavers by Universities UK for her work with survivors of childhood abuse. She is the lead author of Acts of Recovery, the first research-based, survivor-centred self-help booklet for childhood abuse, which is used in the UK and overseas. She was nominated for an Equal Opportunities Award by the British Psychological Society, and was part of the team awarded the British Journal of Nursing Dermatology Award in 2016.

This free event will be held in the Main Lecture Theatre on Thursday 10 October at 6pm, followed by a drinks reception.

Certificate in Clinical Supervision: January 2020 – June 2020

The course is designed to provide counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals working within the helping professions with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, self-awareness and professional competence to become effective reflective supervisors.

The programme is founded on person-centred principles offering a collaborative, relational approach to supervision and supervisory practice and designed to support the development of practitioners from different theoretical orientations and modalities.

The course is based on the BACP Curriculum for Counselling Supervision and is designed to prepare participants to apply for accreditation as an individual and group supervisor with BACP. The course is also informed by Competence Framework for the Supervision of Psychological Therapies (Roth & Pilling 2008).

Course Objectives:
To provide participants with a learning environment which offers:

a sound theoretical understanding of different models of supervision and the supervisory process the opportunity to practice and develop their supervisory skills
the opportunity to integrate theory and skills into their own individual supervisory style
the opportunity to reflect on their development with other experienced practitioners

the opportunity to develop their understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of providing supervision in different contexts through discussion and dialogue with other experienced practitioners
the opportunity to gain experience of individual and group supervision within and out with the context of the programme.

Course Structure:
The programme will be held at the TCS Centre Coatbridge. The course is delivered over six months beginning in January 2020 and finishing at the start of June 2020. The programme consists of five modules delivered over five weekends, plus four Peer Group Supervision Practice meetings.

Module One:

Module Two:

January 2020 Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th 9.30 – 4.30

The nature and purpose of Supervision, different models of Supervision, the Supervisory Relationship
February 2020 Peer Group Supervision Practice date to be agreed with participants

February 2020 Saturday 29th & Sunday 1st March 9.30 – 4.30

Collaborative Practice: individual and group supervision, dynamics and processes

March 2020
Peer Group Supervision Practice date to be agreed with participants

Module Three: April 2020 Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th 9.30 – 4.30

Module Four:

Module Five:

Supervision in different contexts and settings, ethical responsibility and professional accountability
April 2020 Peer Group Supervision Practice date to be agreed with participants

May 2020 Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th 9.30 – 4.30

Differences and commonalities in approaches to supervision: Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and Creative Approaches
May 2020 Peer Group Supervision Practice date to be agreed with participants

June 2020 Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th 9.30 – 4.30

Reflective Practice and Assessment of Clinical Competence

Course Requirements:
Attendance of at least 80% of course contact hours, including Peer Group Supervision. (Missed

attendance to be made up by an agreed activity with course tutors)
Completion of 20 hours of clinical supervision offered by you and provided to members of your

profession, which can include individual (minimum of 12 hours) and group supervisionCompletion of approximately 12 hours of peer supervision practice

Completion of 8 hours of individual supervision for supervision, provided by a supervisor who is independent of the course

The successful completion of all course assignments:

  • Maintenance of a Reflective Journal Work

  • Clinical Placement Portfolio

  • Audio Recording of Supervision Session

  • Case Study

  • Statement and Presentation of Learning and Competence

  • Full course attendance and completion of the course assignments will lead to the achievement of a Persona Certificate in Clinical Supervision.

  • Entry Requirements:

  • The course expects participants to be able to draw on their own experience of supervised clinical practice and therefore it is important that individuals feel sufficiently competent and grounded in their orientation as a practitioner in order to gain maximum learning and development from the programme. With this in mind, applicants will have a minimum 3 years of practice, including training and be qualified practitioners in a helping profession with at least 200 client counselling hours of supervised practice gained post qualification. Applicants will also be members of a Professional Association, with relevant indemnity insurance.

  • Application Process:

  • If you are interested in the programme, please complete the Application Form and forward it to the Persona office, along with the name of someone who knows you in a professional capacity (ideally your supervisor) and is willing to provide a reference. There is no formal interview process, however, the course tutors may contact applicants if any questions arise from the application form.

  • Closing date for applications is December 20th 2019
    Course Fees: £ 1100.00. (This includes a deposit of £100.00 to secure a place on the programme)

At Southside Counselling we are delighted to offer this exciting 2-day course with Hakomi practitioner Diarmid Baillie.

Learn to access deep nourishing connection through interpersonal mindfulness practices, based on the Hakomi method of assisted self-discovery.

‘Loving Presence’ refers to a unique state of being with another person: the nourishing, spacious, nurturing atmosphere within which the spontaneous unfolding and healing of the self is naturally inspired to arise. The capacity to rest in this state with ourselves and others is innate, although usually occluded by other habitual ways of being, thinking and feeling.

Through this powerful series of embodied experiential explorations you may expect to develop in the following ways:
  • Increased capacity to sustain presence with another.
  • Increased sense of connection to self while connected with others.
  • Increased ability to rest in a state of shared connection which nourishes each person.
  • Increased joy, ease and pleasure in professional and personal relationships.
  • Increased ability to sustain your energy while working with others in distress.
  • Increased clarity and insight about how your inner experience is impacted by others.
  • A deepening trust in the value of your unique presence to others, the power of simply being.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019, 10am to 5pm each day

Early bird price £170 (until 19th August)
Full price £190
Refreshments and Lunch included

How to Book your place
Download and complete our CPD Booking Form and email it to info@southsidecounsellingppd.co.uk

20th anniversary of PCE Europe in 2018 and a restart of the network in 2019

In September 2018 "PCE Europe – Network of the European Associations for
Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling" should have
celebrated its 20th birthday, but the date passed unnoticed, there was not a big
party! Only a few months earlier, in July 2018, the General Assembly in Vienna,
failed to elect a new board and it became evident that PCE Europe might not survive
its 20th anniversary. There was no reason to celebrate!

There were various reasons for the apparent apathy and 'burnout'. PCE Europe
started in Luxembourg, with 15 partners, and since then has developed into a strong
network of 31 organisations in 15 different countries from many parts of Europe.
Membership extends from the United Kingdom to Cyprus, and from Portugal to
Russia. During the past decade, the biannual meetings of the General Assembly
were combined with a Symposium. During these days person-centred
professionals, from many parts of Europe, gathered to learn from another and
exchange their ideas, but above all everyone enjoyed being in contact and having
fun with like-minded people.

PCE Europe's members were reluctant to accept this undignified end of the
network, without an attempt to reverse their fortunes, and a 'task force' was formed.
The 'task force' was established in September 2018, with the job of providing a
basis for PCE Europe's realignment, making it more attractive to its members and
hopefully leading it into a fruitful future. Eight colleagues from 7 different countries
joined the task force and met regularly on Skype. A person-centred mindset and a
desire for European cooperation unified these people, who were of Austrian, British,
German, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Scottish and Swiss origin. Their task was to
prepare the groundwork for the next General Assembly, which was in Warsaw on
10 May 2019, and create a map for the association's future.

The Warsaw General Assembly was successful and heralded the relaunch of the
European Network. An international Board was elected: Leonore Langner, Austria
(Chair), Allan Turner, UK (Treasurer), Tito Laneiro, Portugal (EAP contact), Mihaela
Bonatiu, Romania (Certificate Coordinator), Gaby Pierre Chami, Switzerland
(Social Media Manager), Dimitris Portokalis, Greece (PR Officer).
The mission statement of PCE Europe was expanded and renewed, to make the
network more tangible and attractive for its members. PCE Europe is seeking to
register as an NGO (as is WAPCEPC), and a working group was established to
determine the best jurisdiction for registration.

We agreed to update, and enhance, the network's connection to WAPCEPC and to
work closely together. The next European Symposium will be in Romania in 2021,
and we hope that the event guidelines, prepared by the 'task force' will assist the
organisers in their work. New ideas were explored, which means that the new Board
have a lot of working on its 'to do list'. There is a new momentum from the new
Board, and they will value a strong network of support people who are ready to step
up and contribute to PCE Europe's development.

Summary written by Simone Anderhub, Leonore Langner, Allan Turner.

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