Philippi Guernsey Counselling Service
Who we are
Philippi Guernsey is an interdenominational Christian charity, which exists to offer accessible professional counselling to those of any faith or no faith.
The Philippi Trust (Guernsey) LBG is managed by a Board of Directors whose responsibilities are financial and ethical probity and to ensure that the aims and objectives of the Trust are fulfilled.
The Training and Counselling Services are run and provided by a volunteer manager and trained counsellors, supported by one part-time paid assistant, initially funded by Lloyds TSB Foundation.
“The Philippi Trust (Guernsey) LBG exists to provide professional and accessible counselling training and counselling to those within the church and community in the Bailiwick of Guernsey through the activities of the Philippi Guernsey Counselling & Training Service.”
Why we exist
Over the years Philippi Guernsey has been working with various statutory and voluntary agencies in Guernsey in the area of counselling and training. It became increasingly obvious that there was a “gap” in counselling services for those in Guernsey who were, perhaps through their social and economic background, not able to access professional counselling.
To this end, and with support from Philippi Trust UK, The Philippi Trust (Guernsey) LBG was established in 2004. The fully-fledged Philippi Guernsey Counselling Service was launched in 2004 and has since then proven its value for the community and church. The number of clients had decreased slightly, since the Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service started in September 2011. However, the number has increased steadily over the last few years, due to the huge demand for that service. The number of hours of client contact has increased every year, due to the more long-term nature of our work.
There is a minimum charge for counselling, according to the client’s circumstances. This is necessary to maintain the service.
There is a dedicated mobile telephone number, which is manned by a trained counsellor, for clients to make initial contact.
Appointments are made by the counsellor to suit the individual client’s needs. This can be at any time of the day by mutual agreement.
We have an office based at the St Andrew’s Church Barn which houses our administration work, library, training materials and can be used for counselling.
We also have the use of a room at six other churches in the island, as and when required by our counsellors. Three of these facilities have disabled access. This allows flexibility in meeting a client near to their home or work.
How – Our Core Services
The team of counsellors are trained to a minimum level 3 (see below), receive regular supervision and abide by the Association of Christian Counsellors’ Code of Ethics. They donate their skills and time to the service as do the team of trained supervisors.
Philippi has an open referral system, which means the client may refer themselves or be referred by other professional services, such as the GP, Psychiatric Services, Safeguarders, Probation and Social Services.
Initial contact is through the dedicated mobile telephone number. If a client needs to contact their counsellor, they do so through that dedicated number to preserve anonymity of the counsellor’s private details.
The counselling manager will usually respond to the client within 72 hours and will make an appointment for an initial consultation, lasting an hour, which is arranged at the earliest mutually convenient time.
Following the consultation, the client is allocated to the most appropriate counsellor given their experience, area of expertise and skills. Unfortunately there is a waiting list, due to the demand for the service. The number of counselling sessions varies depending on the needs of the client. Each session lasts 50 minutes.
Counsellors work with clients who have a wide variety of differing needs including:
− Adult survivors of child abuse
− Problems with aggression
− Stress at work or due to life events
− Family relationships and breakdowns
− Those suffering from the result of marital distress
− Various aspects of social dysfunction
− Spiritual abuse
− Questions of faith
Where there are other appropriate counselling services in the island, such as for bereavement, marital guidance and addiction issues, then Philippi may suggest referral of clients to those services.
Training in Counselling
In addition to a Listening & Responding Day, we are planning to offer four levels of counselling related training, which are educationally accredited by UK establishments. In this way we encourage the development of more skilled counsellors available to work within the island’s community and not just for Philippi’s purposes.
Pastoral Care Skills – 22 hours
Suitable for churches and religious based communities.
Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 – 90 hours
This is a starting point for any one considering whether counselling might be for them or for teachers, nurses and other professionals wishing to add to their skills.
Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3 – 90 hours
This is the beginning of the counselling career ladder. Completion of the Level 2 Course is a pre-requisite. Following the successful completion of the Level 3 training, the student then becomes a trainee counsellor.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 – 420 hours
In order to meet proposed government requirements, related to the registration of counsellors, and maintain the service at a professional standard, it was necessary to upgrade our training to the Level 4 Course. This course started in April 2012 for the first time and completed in March 2014. Then, after 450 hours of supervised counselling, a counsellor can apply to become an accredited counsellor.
Due to the retirement of our local trainer, it will be necessary to bring a trainer over from the UK for a few years. The courses have been revised and are accredited by a different awarding body – CPCAB (www.cpcab.co.uk). The Level 4 course started in September. A Level 2 course is planned for February 2017.
Continuing Professional Development
All counsellors and supervisors are required to have a minimum of 25 hours further education a year. Application for funding has enabled a full programme of activities each year.
Philippi Guernsey Counselling Service
St Andrew’s Church Barn
Rue des Morts
07781 130 523 (Counselling and other items)
Association of Guernsey Charities No: 270