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This year marks the 35th Anniversary of PCT Scotland. This is a special interest group discussing the events to celebrate this achievement. Anyone is welcome to come and join in the discussions. Our first event in May was a resounding success and enjoyed by all that attended. The second event is an In Person Encounter Group on 20&21st August in Stirling - please see website for details. There are two further events in the planning more information to follow.

Please note that this group has been cancelled on 18.05.2022.
It will resume on 15.06.2022 at 7pm -8.30pm> Hope to see you then when we can discuss articles, books, etc pertaining to the Person Centred Approach.

Opportunity to train in a COSCA Supervision course through Crossreach Scotland.
Links to course information and Application form below.
Course Information: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=afb0c0d137&attid=0.2&permmsgid=msg-f:1732080104966529061&th=180995adb30d2025&view=att&disp=inline

Application form: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=afb0c0d137&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1732080104966529061&th=180995adb30d2025&view=att&disp=inline

The PCA and PCT Scotland are pleased to say that we are starting a new joint special interest group around disability.

Aimed primarily at therapists with a disability, or long-term chronic condition (whether physical, emotional and/or a neurodivergence), this group is open to anyone who is a member of the PCA or PCT Scotland. We'll be meeting on the 5th May from 7-8 on Zoom to work out our aims and what we'd like the group to look like, with initial thoughts that we'll meet every six weeks in an evening. The group is for us to work out a direction. Perhaps we want to look at the experiences of training whilst disabled, or holding public evenings where we can meet with other therapists, or write academic research. The world is our oyster!

The group is being run by LJ, and Paula J Williams, and you can contact us either by PM on our social media channels (facebook and twitter) or by emailing disabilities.group@the-pca.org.uk and we'll be happy to help.  If you can't make the initial date but would still like to be involved, please get in touch.

Who's joining us on 5th May?

Mindspace Limited is one of Scotland’s most exciting mental health charities based in Perth. We offer a high-quality counselling service alongside Scotland’s first independent Recovery College and amazing Peer Hub and work with hundreds of people across the county of Perth and Kinross.  
Senior Counsellor 
We are seeking a motivated person to oversee the day to day delivery of the counselling service for adults 16 plus; to ensure high quality service delivery consistent with legal requirements, good practice and ethical practice.    The post holder will manage recruitment, induction and support of both trainee and experienced counsellors and ensure cohesion between the Counselling Service, the Recovery College and Peer Hub to make certain clients receive best and appropriate care and treatment.
A full job description is attached.  To apply, please contact jillian@mindspacepk.com  for an application pack.
Part time – 20 hours per week to be worked flexibly
Salary £30,100 - £32,300 pro rata (depending on qualifications and experience)
Closing date: 20 May 2022
Interview date: 26th/27th May

Job Description:

Our mission at Mindspace is to promote mental well-being in a safe and supportive environment. The Senior Counsellor (Adult Counselling Service) is a vital member of the team who has a significant role in developing Mindspace. 
This role is crucial to our success in organising and managing all strategic and clinical aspects of our Adult Counselling Service delivery, ensuring that all counselling is provided ethically and is consistent with legal requirements and recognised good practice.
The Senior Counsellor reports to the Chief Executive Officer, who will provide the appropriate performance coaching and support.
The Senior Counsellor collaborates with team members across all functions at Mindspace, including our Recovery College and our Peer Support Hub, to ensure that we fully meet our clients' needs.
The Senior Counsellor will directly oversee and provide clinical support to both Employed and Self-Employed Counsellors.

The Senior Counsellor is responsible for providing clinical expertise and oversight to the counselling service, coordinating the work of self-employed counsellors, and assisting with the strategic development of the Adult Counselling Service. 

Working to the highest professional standards, the details of these responsibilities are as follows:

• Hold specific responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of the Adult Counselling Service.
• Maximise the potential of our existing working agreements with referral agencies, building upon and expanding these areas of work where possible.
• Monitor and manage waiting lists to progress referrals effectively and timeously.
• Take a lead role in assessing new referrals, conducting initial assessments, allocating clients to counsellors, and holding a small client caseload.
• Assist in developing expertise and links within local area networks.
• Monitor client feedback, responding, resolving, and reporting on matters as appropriate.
• Provide accurate and timely evaluation and impact reports on counselling outcomes for the management team and our key funders.
• Maintain and develop service guidelines, policies, and protocols, and ensure that Mindspace maintains its registered status with BACP.

• Manage the recruitment, selection, induction and progress support of trainee and experienced employed counsellors.
• Set expectations and provide service agreements to all self-employed counsellors.
• Coordinate and support the activities of the counsellors, ensuring effective diary, absence and holiday management, and consistent delivery of all one-to-one counselling sessions.
• Ensure that all counsellors are undertaking adequate external supervision and that contracts are agreed upon and in place with counsellors' supervisors.
• Ensure that all counsellors regularly access required CPD to maintain their fitness to practice in line with BACP guidelines.
• Monitor the performance and outcomes of counsellors, auditing notes and correspondence, providing coaching support and ensuring continuous improvement.
• Establish effective and inclusive communication channels within the counselling team, including administrator(s) and across the broader organisation, enabling sharing of new ideas and good practice.

• Produce reports and development plans to the Board of Trustees and external funders as required.
• Advocate for and oversee the promotion and publicity of the service in collaboration with the Marketing and Fundraising Officer.
• Support the Marketing & Fundraising Officer with funding applications information to enhance, develop, and maintain the counselling service.

The responsibilities outlined above guide the range of tasks involved in the Senior Counsellor role. They reflect the organisation's current needs; however, they may be varied from time to time to reflect or anticipate changes to the developing nature of the service. 

The Senior Counsellor – (Adult Counselling Service) job description was last reviewed in April 2022.

Essential Requirements Desirable Requirements
Professional / Educational Qualifications • Must be registered with BACP/UKCP/BABCP
• Recognised professional counselling qualification to diploma level or equivalent; for example, BACP recognised course or evidence that you meet BACP competencies. • Accreditation or equivalent with a national professional body (e.g., BACP, COSCA) 
• A qualification in clinical supervision and training.
Relevant Work / Other Experience • Previous experience in Adult Counselling settings.
• Experience in working across multi-disciplinary teams.
• Experienced in carrying out initial assessments.
• Evidenced ability to work under pressure and support others successfully through stressful situations.
• Experience in coordinating multiple tasks and delivering services according to contracts.
• Knowledge of appropriate referral mechanisms.
• Knowledge and understanding of monitoring and evaluation systems.
• Ability to work effectively with colleagues from other disciplines. • Experience in meeting the requirements associated with counselling training placements.
• Experience in managing people.

Skills and Abilities • Significant post-qualifying practice hours.
• Ability to prepare accurate and informative reports.
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal & written communication skills.
• Excellent organisational, administrative, and computing skills. Competent in Microsoft Office and Video Meeting Apps.
• Demonstrable awareness of and responsiveness to individual differences and needs, cultural diversity and equal opportunities.
• A calm but practical approach to solving problems. • Knowledge of current challenges and opportunities facing the voluntary /third sector.
• Experience in reporting to Funders and Boards.
• Experience in implementing relevant health & safety requirements.

Essential requirements Desirable Requirements
Personal Qualities • Excellent team working skills.
• Commitment to providing a high-quality service.
• Attention to detail.
• Ability to prioritise between competing demands and work to strict deadlines.
• Ability to work with minimal day to day supervision.
• Professionalism and a collaborative approach to working.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the setting.

Disclosure Scotland • This position requires you to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and undertake the necessary vetting checks.

• Working hours – 20 hours per week

This group is for anyone who is interested in discussing topics, which can be put forward by anyone in the group, that focus on Person-Centred literature. This allows everyone the space to discuss theory and practice. The group is relaxed and people can attend or not attend as they please. 
Dates: 16.02.2022, 16.03.2022, 13.04.2022, 18.05.2022, 15.06.2022, 14.09.2022, 12.10.2022, 16.11.2022
Times 7pm - 8.30pm via zoom
If you wish any further information regarding this group, please contact me on secretary.pctscotland@gmail.com

"Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me. Neither the Bible nor the prophets — neither Freud nor research — neither the revelations of God nor man — can take precedence over my own direct experience. My experience is not authoritative because it is infallible. It is the basis of authority because it can always be checked in new primary ways. In this way its frequent error or fallibility is always open to correction."
Carl Rogers, Page 23-24 - On Becoming a Person (1961)
A group of us within the person-centred approach in Scotland have been meeting to discuss our concerns at diminishing opportunities which exist  to experience relating fully in a person-centred context in the current training environment in Scotland.
We have become aware of increasing feelings of disappointment and frustration among practitioners and students at the lack of contexts in which to take the risk of being ourselves and meet each other at depth.
The person of the Person-Centred Approach is YOU; it is not another set of conditions of worth - the key is the internal locus of evaluation.
An open meeting regarding the next step is being held via Zoom on Monday 13 June 2022 5.30 - 8.30pm. This is a free event but it will be ticketed - we want to offer CPD spaces to those who are interested in exploring the challenges and rewards of relationships which don't avoid the difficult stuff.
If you feel you don't belong and you are interested in this endeavour, please come along and we'll try and sit in the space together where we meet inclusion, exclusion and the need to belong.
People will be able to dip in and out, and you are invited to bring with you whatever you need to feel comfortable (or just to get through the evening!)
Please contact: eventbrite 

Barbara Malinen  - barbaramalinen@blueyonder.co.uk

Terry Daly  terry.daly@btinternet.com 


Dear member organisations,
The Board of PCE Europe invites all colleagues who have free resources to join the list of free psychotherapists and counsellors for victims of the war in Ukraine on our website!
The list includes both on-site and online support.
Not only those directly affected by the war, but also volunteers can get free assistance, such as supervision.
With this reference tool for those affected, right on the first page of our website, PCE Europe intends to facilitate mediation between those in need and those who would like to offer support.
Let us live up to our name "European Network"!
Here is the link to enter your data.
Please forward this call to your members!
Thank you all!
Warm wishes,
Leonore on behalf of the Board
Leonore Langner
Chair PCE Europe

Dear PCE2022 Supporter
We are pleased to announce that the submission of abstracts is open for the 15th World Conference for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling.

Please have a look at our call for papers page:

You find the different formats for presenters and links to the Oxford Abstracts submission platform.
There are 4 instructions videos on how to submit an abstract.

As supporter of PCE2022 we hope you will help us spreading the word about the opening of submission.
Please use your email-lists, Facebook pages, website and other means of communication.

We are deeply grateful for your support and hope also to see you and your colleagues in Copenhagen in the Summer of 2022.

All the best,
Niels Bagge, chair of the organizing committee for PCE2022
Allan Larsen, PCE2022 supporters team
Jeannette Bischkopf, PCE2022 supporters team

Here is a rarely opportunity to access this Report, that was published in 2010 in PCEP, for free until the end of 2022.

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