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Posted in Notices by annette cooper

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Celebrating 30 years of PCT Scotland
Bernard and I went to Glasgow, to be part of PCT Scotland's 30th Anniversary 'Encounter, Dialogue and Relationship' 2-day event, 4th and 5th November 2017, held in The Merchants House of Glasgow, an imposing building in the centre of the city, a short walk from Glasgow Central Station. Our journey north had been flawless (not so lucky on our return Sunday evening) and we enjoyed wandering around the central area, tea and scones in the Willow Tearooms (coming away with souvenirs of the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh) and, later, an enjoyable meal in a tapas bar in the amazing St Peter's Square mall.
Bearing in mind PCTScotland were close to folding only a short while ago, it was even more impressive to be part of the event, which attracted around 70 people, most - naturally - being counsellors, therapists, trainees (and new graduates) living and working in Scotland. I was struck by the realisation that I knew only a small number of participants (contrary to my usual experience in PCA groups in the UK). There were a few familiar faces to reassure me, and I am glad to have made the acquaintance of quite a few people I had not met before, over the weekend.
The first day was launched by the cutting of a Celebration cake (which we later enjoyed with our coffee, tea etc.) by Annette Cooper, who has been the driving force behind the realisation of the celebration.



The core of the event was the large encounter group, but Conversation Tables were hosted by members from lunchtime on each day, giving choices for debate and exploration of a variety of themes, including The Body in Peron-Centred Therapy, Somatic Therapy and PCA, Managing State of Mind. I attended one of Tina Clark’ sessions on Person-Centred Gender, which was a wide ranging and fascinating debate, and I dipped in and out of Authenticity (hosted by Tonia Higgins - I am reassured by my score on the Authenticity Scale (taken from Stephen Joseph's book - Authentic: how to be yourself and why it matters (2016), that my years of work on self have had some impact! Discussing Early Feminism in PCA, introduced by Jo Hilton, I am inspired to read more about Jessie Taft, a forgotten influence on Carl Roger's thinking and practice, and publicise the ‘missing women’ in PCA.
An additional bonus of the weekend was joining other visitors who were staying over in Glasgow on the Saturday night, for drinks and then a convivial meal - thank you Stef, Seb, Mike, Su, Brendan and Bernard of course, for your company, and continuing, lively and warm encounter.
Day two saw some changes in who were present, as some people came for one day. The format was similar to day one, but with a different feel, for me - of feeling more comfortable and familiar in the space, having made contact with many of the people present. I liked the framework of encounter and the openness of the conversation tables (easier to dip into and out of then workshops in closed rooms). The opportunity of encounter was clearly appreciated by many participants, and recognised as something special to PCA, and a real attraction for people, whether they are connected to existing PCA organisations or not. This is something that BAPCA has also found valuable; attracting people whose experience of PCA groups has been only during training and those who haven't experienced encounter before. I think encounter events (whoever runs them) are a real force for promoting, sharing, reinforcing the power of PCA.
My thanks to everyone involved in the organising and ensuring the success of the celebration - Annette, Terry, Stephanie, Mairi, Lorna and Elizabeth particularly, the conversation cafe hosts and those others not named. I think you can congratulate yourselves, for the event and nurturing the revival of PCT Scotland. I look forward to more interaction between BAPCA and PCT Scotland, supporting and benefitting each other.
Oh, and the return journey? We should have left Glasgow at 5.40pm. But it was nearer 7pm when we eventually slid away from the station. When we got back to London (around 1am) the tubes had shut down for the night. We eventually got home at 3am, via night buses and shanks pony! However, we did make new friends on the train, and cheerfully passed a couple of hours playing rummy! All in all, a memorable weekend.
Sara C, 6th November 2017

Posted in Notices by annette cooper

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I have just returned from a weekend in Glasgow for the PCT Scotland celebration of their 30 years. I enjoyed meeting old friends and making some new ones - i hope. I was so pleased to see so many as the news of demise saddened me last year. Thanks PCT, for a good event.

The discussion on Congruence was stirring, taking my attention vividly. I wanted to share my recent thoughts on this. What Polonius said to his son Laertes has always moved me.

"This above all, to thine own self be true and it follows, as the day the night, Thou canst not then be false to any man".

It brings tears to my eyes simply to write it again. I think it is what I feel I would like to achieve as my understanding of what congruence means to me in PCA. Act 1 scene 3 Hamlet

Posted in Notices by annette cooper

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Hi Annette

I just wanted to write a small note thanking you for your welcome on the day I felt very comfortable and the experience I had at the encounter group on Saturday.

I really did do a huge amount of learning in such a short period of time. I will watch out and I hope to attend another should you have one in the future

thank you so much for all your hard work

Kind regards

Posted in Notices by annette cooper

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Morning Annette

Just wanted to say a huge heartfelt thanks and congratulations on organising a fantastic weekend. I loved every minute, even the hard bits!

I feel reconnected to the approach and passionate about how powerful it is. I look forward to being more connected to PCT Scotland too :)

Thanks again

Ailsa xx

Posted in General by annette cooper

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Hi Annette,

I just wanted to say thank you for organizing what, for me, was a very inspiring event indeed:

I found it inspiring for the following reasons:


1/ For the size and sheer diversity of the group including brand new to seasoned practitioners and especially representatives working in other professions where PCA skills were very valued

2/ For the story of PCT Scotland, how close it came to extinction and how it has risen Phoenix like as a members organization with new people wishing to contribute

3/ On the importance of a members organization and the solidarity created thereof where PCA as a paid profession is under such attack in the NHS etc.

4/ On the mutual support and networking for practitioners who strongly believe in the efficacy of the PCA

5/ On the potential vision (or visions) of how PCA can grow and flourish at large in society in areas such as:

Traditional therapy
Groups to foster authentic interpersonal connection in an increasingly competitive electronically mediated world
Mediation and conflict resolution
Social justice seminars (Themed groups)

I hope and believe there will be a renaissance of PCA and flourishing in many different areas supported and actioned by advocates in the spirit of Carl Rogers,

I myself will be starting on a "social justice" dimension....

Indeed "the whole world needs PCA"

Stefan Gmaj
BACP accredited and registered Counsellor

Posted in Research by Rosemarie Lynass

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My name is Danny Martelli and I am a final year student on the BSc Applied Psychology program at Glasgow Caledonian University. In accordance with the requirements of my degree, I am conducting a research project, investigating therapists’ experiences of using Animal-Assisted Therapy within their practice. Participation in this research involves a semi-structured, telephone interview (lasting approximately 30 minutes); conducted at a time suitable to the participant. All questions contained within the interview schedule relate to the participants experience of Animal-Assisted Therapy, and the helpful/unhelpful aspects associated with the inclusion of an animal in the therapeutic process. Participants retain the right to choose not to answer any questions without reason. Interviews will be recorded and later transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. If you are interested in taking part in this research please contact me, Danny Martelli at: [email protected] To request an information sheet and consent form (which shall be sent via email). I will also be happy to answer any questions regarding the research or participation. This research has been granted ethical approval from Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Health and Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Posted in General by Diana Taylor

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The dedicated therapy room is situated on the first floor of a Georgian terraced building in Wellington Square, has a south facing window, a door entry system and tea/coffee making facilities. There is ample parking nearby and public transport is within easy walking distance.

The room is available all day/evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Friday afternoons from 1pm and Saturday mornings until 1pm.

Please call Diana on: 07801 430386 or email: [email protected] if you would like any further details or to view.

Posted in General by annette cooper

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COUNSELLING PLACEMENT UPDATE

Strathclyde University are looking for Trainee Counsellor placements for their current intake of MSc Students,

and current 2nd year Diploma Students. If you already offer placements but are not on their placement

list but would like to be then please contact Lorna Carrick [email protected] for further details.

If you are already on their list and currently have vacancies for trainees please contact Lorna Carrick and / or

place a notice ( free of charge) on PCTS webpage notice board.

If you would like to offer trainees placements but are unsure of the process and requirements then please download the

attached form(s) (Counselling Opportunities Allocation Agreement) which includes contacts too.

Posted in Notices by annette cooper

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Warm and welcoming consulting room at 7 a Haddington place.

Please see attachment or contact Hazel for further information.

[email protected]

Posted in General by annette cooper

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Do you have space for a first year counselling trainee.

Lives in East Kilbride and has own transport so Glasgow and surrounding areas would suit.

Evening or weekend placement required for him.

Please email me Annette - [email protected] and I will forward on your email

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