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Dear members,

During this year's General Assembly in Warsaw, a new Board of PCE Europe was elected, and the GA agreed that PCE Europe should register as an NGO. The Board has now identified the country in which it will be most advantageous for us to register. Registration will require new Statutes and therefore we must have an extraordinary GA to ratify these important legal changes.

The extraordinary General Assembly will be on Saturday, 25 April 2020 in Athens. 

Topics will include - among others - the establishment of PCE Europe as an NGO and the change in statutes.

We write to ask you to block this date in your diary.

If you would like to propose any items for the agenda, they have to be sent till Wednesday, 25 December 2019 to chair@pce-europe.org .

The first provisional list and more detail on the venue will be shared in the beginning of 2020.

We are looking forward to welcoming as many member representatives as possible in Athens.
For now, we send you our warm wishes for the year-end celebrations.

Kind regards,
PCE Europe Board

Here is a guide to adding and updating your entry on the PCT Scotland directory of counsellors.

Coordinating Group ~ Schedule of Meetings 2020

At the AGM on 2nd November 2019 it was agreed that meetings for the coming year would now be scheduled in advance. This will allow time to secure reasonably priced venues and for members across Scotland to consider hosting the CG meeting in their area.

It is hoped that we can offer some of these as regional meetings, with 3 or 4 of the CG meetings per year in the Central belt and the others being in different areas of Scotland where members have expressed a desire for this and are able to find a suitable venue.

The schedule for 2020 is as follows:

Saturday 25th January ~ Glasgow
Sunday 29th March ~ TherapyTrain Stirling, Wellgreen Business Centre, Stirling
Saturday 6th June ~ AGM ~ venue tbc
Sunday 27th September ~ venue tbc
Saturday 28th November ~ venue tbc

Please watch future newsletters, the website and our social media for updates to venues, times and any additional info closer to the meeting dates.

If you would be interested in having the meeting in your area, please contact me at secretary@pctscotland.co.uk to have a chat about how that will work.

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



Qualification:

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


Experience:

  • 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.


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Located in super central 111 Union Street – right by Glasgow Central Station – light, private and comfortable space suitable for talking therapies and admin work. 
 
Availability:
 
• From 1st November onward, full use of room and facilities on:
-      Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 4pm onwards, Saturdays and Sundays
 
Includes:
 
• 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
 
Accessibility:
 
• 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
 
Cost:
 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.

From December this year I will be offering two supervisees 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.

PCT Scotland's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for November.  Details are below:

Date:     2nd November 2019
Venue:  The Premier Inn, 187 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1YU
Time:     10am - 12.30pm

All members are welcome to attend. Please confirm your attendance or tender your apologies by contacting Tonia Higgins at secretary@pctscotland.co.uk. Any agenda items and accompanying supplementary papers should also be sent to this address by no later than 12 noon on Monday 28th October.

Please note that the AGM will be followed by this year's Autumn Connections event ~ a Conversation Cafe ~ from 1.30 to 4.30pm. Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite.

Some members have expressed confusion about the process of renewing your membership online, so to help with this process here is a step-by-step guide to renewals. 

Supervision

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.

The CG have been investigating the possibility of PCT Scotland changing to Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation status. In our recent membership survey, 53% of respondents expressed interest in hearing more about that. Treasurer, Alex Arthur, has kindly put together this table that explains what these changes would mean. It also includes info on what it would mean to become a Limited Company.

To consider this further the CG would like to consult with members, and ask that members send any thoughts and comments to secretary@pctscotland.co.uk by Friday 25th October.  This will allow us to discuss this matter further at the AGM on 2nd November. 

Thank you in advance for your views.


Hire a room



Wellspring has 10 rooms available for hire. They are suitable for individual work, couple and group work.

The rooms are available to rent during the day or in the evening, 7 days a week. Reception cover is provided during core hours, Monday to Friday.

Facilities and Resources

  • Kitchen
  • Waiting Room
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Flip chart and stand
  • TV and DVD
Rental Rates

Rooms for 1:1 and couples work are charged at a rate of £11 per hour. 

Room 5 (group work) is charged at £14 per hour.

Please note that a minimum of 3 hours per week is required to secure regular booking with us. 

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.

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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)

I am offering up to 6 hours of free supervision as part of my supervision training for any qualified counsellors looking for this. 

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.
When?
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019, 10am to 5pm each day

Prices
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



A Person-Centred perspective on writing case notes and offering to share them with clients. Published in The Irish Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Summer 2019

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