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Posted in General by annette cooper

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Venue - 
Premier Meetings Glasgow City Centre George Square - Meeting Room 2 - Boyd room.

If you haven't already done so then please let me know if you are coming.

Annette - [email protected]


Posted in Notices by annette cooper

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Glasgow Council on Alcohol
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills starting in September 2018
 
The COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course is a general introduction to counselling course.  This course is aimed at individuals working or volunteering in a helping role but is also a useful starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in counselling or psychotherapy.  The course uses experiential learning, where students learn and practice their new skills in groups of three or more.

The next day time course starts on Tuesday 11th September 2018 from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm and the next evening course starts on Wednesday 12thSeptember 2018 from 6 pm – 9 pm.  For further details please contact Irene McKenzie on 0141 353 1800, email [email protected]or visit http://www.glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org/training-2/cosca-counselling-skills/

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                                            PROVIDING SCHOOLS WITH THERAPEUTIC SERVICES
 
                                                                                WE ARE RECRUITING

                                    POSITION- SELF EMPLOYED SCHOOL BASED COUNSELLOR/THERAPIST 

                                                    HOURS- 1-2 DAYS PER WEEK FOR ACADEMIC YEAR(18/19) 

                                                                   LOCATION- MIDLOTHIAN/WEST LOTHIAN 

CANDIDATES MUST BE QUALIFIED AND REGISTERED THERAPISTS WITH PROVEN EXPERIENCE IN
 WORKING WITH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES. 

If you are interested in working alongside us please send your CV and covering statement to [email protected] 

                                                                             www.yourspace-scotland.com 

 

Posted in General by annette cooper

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Would you be interested in participating in the International Day of Listening on the 20 th of September??

One of our members would be available after 4.30 pm and would like to meet up with any other interested folk for this event.

Please let me know and I will pass your details on.

Annette email [email protected]

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The facts speak for themselves…there are more young people than ever seeking help for their mental health.  
  • One in five people will experience a mental health problem at some time in their lives (Scottish Government).  One in five children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once in their first 11 years.
  • One in three GP appointments involve mental health (SAMH).
  • An estimated one in 10 children and young people in the UK have a mental health condition (Office for National Statistics), and that these, if untreated, can continue into adulthood.
  • Half of all adults who are mentally ill experienced the onset of their mental health problems by the age of 14 (Kim-Cohen et al., 2003; Kessler et al., 2005). Without effective intervention, these conditions can have a significant impact on their life chances.
  • By the time they’re 16, roughly 3 children in every class will have experienced mental health problems. (Green et al 2005, Mental Health of Children and Young People in Great Britain 2004).
  • Over the past three years 17,500 children have had their mental health referrals to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) rejected.  The current waiting list for children and young people for CAMHS often exceeds the Government’s 18 week standard (NHS Statistics).  Offering early intervention in schools will also alleviate the pressure on acute services and other helplines and referrals.
  • On average two teenagers in every secondary school classroom will have hurt themselves in response to the pressure of growing up in an increasingly complex and challenging world. (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde)
  • One in nine young Scots have attempted suicide and at least one in six have self-harmed at some stage in their lives – with 6.5 per cent of those surveyed reporting a history of both behaviours. (University of Glasgow, 2018)
Research confirms that early mental health intervention can have a powerful impact on the lives of children and young people and the benefits will continue into adulthood. It is my view that children and young people should have the opportunity to access counselling services at an early stage and in a location which is both convenient and immediate.  
School counselling provision in Scotland
At present there are limited counsellors with specific training in children and young people in Scotland. It is important that additional funding for this national policy comes from Scotland's national budget and that an incrementally staged delivery is agreed building up to a comprehensive service by 2022. In the interim, no school should have to close its current counselling service.
In Scotland, school-based counselling services are provided in a tenth of schools, more than 250,000 children in Scotland have no access to school based counselling services, local authorities provision varies considerably. (BBC 2017)
In Scotland there is still no clear strategy despite campaigning since 2005.   Existing services are overwhelmed and schools are struggling to cope with the pressures mental health support places on them.  There are undeniable health, economic and societal arguments that support this investment.
Based on costs from England it is estimated that providing counselling in all Scotland’s secondary schools would require an initial investment of £9million. (Scottish Association of Mental Health).
A recent analysis estimates that every £1 spent on one-to-one counselling could return society £6.20 in improving future job prospects and cutting crime. (Pro Bono Economics / Place 2 Be, 2018)
School counselling provision in the rest of the UK
England (2017), Wales (2008) and Northern Ireland (2007) all have strategies on counselling services in secondary schools. Children in Wales and Northern Ireland have guaranteed access to schools-based counselling, an evaluation in Wales showed that counselling was associated with significant reductions in psychological distress across each of the areas in which it was introduced (Welsh Government, Evaluation of the Welsh School-Based Counselling Strategy, 2011).
Of the 11,558 children and young people in Wales who received counselling services in 2016 to 2017, 85% did not need an onward referral after completing their sessions.  In Scotland this would have a positive impact by reducing the numbers referred to CAMHS thus reducing waiting lists and generating financial savings through lower cost early intervention.
Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Action Plan
The Scottish Government is currently working with partners in the public and third sector to develop a 10-year Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Action Plan which will cover both physical and mental wellbeing.
The action plan is expected to be published during 2018. In this Year of Young People, I would encourage the Scottish Government to include a commitment in the action plan to ensure that by 2022, all school pupils will have access to trained counsellors.



Posted in Notices by Linda Dunbar

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A spacious training room(capacity of 50 people) is available for individuals and organisations wishing to host meetings, events or training sessions. The training room can be set out in various styles depending on your requirements, there is access to wifi, kitchen facilities for refreshments. Break out rooms also available if required. 
The venue is easily accessible by road from Glasgow with on-street parking available and Coatbridge Central railway station is within 5 mins walk. 

Also available is a counselling room for rent. Same location as above. 

Please email [email protected] or call 0330 202 0283 for more details. 

Posted in General by Mike Moss

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This article may be of interest to  members . It was inspired by my attendance at the PCTS 30th Anniversary  event last year. It can be found on my members page, where there are other articles that may be of interest.  

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Research request

Hello, my name is Karen Carachi and I am a trainee counselling psychologist, currently completing my doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. As part of the final stage of my training, I am conducting a study to understand the experiences of using person-centred therapy in forensic environments (e.g. NHS settings, prisons, private practice and voluntary sector organisations). 

I am looking for qualified psychologists, counsellors or psychotherapists who have been practicing the above humanistic approach in forensic settings for at least one year. Participants would also need to be willing to share their experiences with me in an interview, which will last approximately sixty minutes. Interviews can be done in person or via Skype. 

Anyone interested can email me on [email protected] and will have the chance to find out more about the study before coming to any decision. You would be under no obligation to take part. 

My study is supervised by Tasim Martin Berg (C.Psychol. AFBPsS. HCPC Reg. Deputy Programme Leader & Lecturer) and she can be contacted on [email protected]. This study has been approved by the Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences Ethics Subcommittee of The School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Thanks & kind regards,Karen

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I am interested to find out if anyone would be willing to participate in some time of listening on the above date or on another

date.

If you are could you let me know and I will put you in contact with any other members who may be interested in your

area.  Day or early evening ??


 Below is a link to a facebook 1 minute video giving an idea of what this could look like in practice.

https://www.facebook.com/60SecondDocs/videos/1620683891363064/?hc_ref=ARSmES0UJYPKHYbWHFE0-uQhEIrVs_LznwC9Tnlr8Gys83OHeV_XIz8gsvrvWg-gZHA

Annette - [email protected]

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If you can help please email me and I will pass on your details to the trainee.

[email protected]
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