Spring Newsletter 2017

Counselling: Last year we had 130 new referrals, which is just 5 less than 2015. Just over 900 hours of counselling were delivered and 88 hours of supervision. Our waiting list has decreased for a number of reasons, which is good news for clients. Once again, thanks go to our counsellors; Amanda, Annabel, Bebe, Carole, Christine, Emma, Jane, Sue and Sarah, Greg and Nigel, and our supervisors; Sarah and Brian who have continued to give their time and skills. Beckie rejoined us just before Christmas and we welcome her back.

AGM Tuesday 4th April at 18.15 at Les Cotils: do let us know if you would like to come and join us for a meal afterwards.

Training courses: A Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills course started in February with 9 students. It is a 12 day course run in 3 day modules over 6 months. We are planning to start a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies in February 2018, which will be another 12 day course run in 2 and 3 day modules over 6 months. Please check our website www.philippi.org.gg for further information as it becomes available or email us at philippi.g@cwgsy.net. We will also be looking at how we can run another Level 2.

The Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a recognised qualification, started in September. It is a 2-year course with 420 hours of tutor contact time and 120 credits towards entry on to a degree course. All the courses are awarded by CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body). This is attracting people, who want to enhance the work they already do or are considering a change in career. However, Philippi Guernsey continue to look particularly for those with a faith background, who might volunteer for us, if they are interested in this type of training and work.

Philippi Trust International Conference: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November at Les Cotils. We have 3 excellent speakers, Dr Frank Wills, Lindsay Schofield and Dr Pauline Yong, who are each leading a 2 day workshop. Lindsay’s topic “Compassion Fatigue –what is it and how to avoid it” may be of interest not only to therapists, but also pastoral care workers. This is all part of looking after ourselves. Please check our website www.philippi.org.gg for further information as it becomes available or email us at philippi.g@cwgsy.net.

Fundraising: Friends of Philippi Guernsey: Last Christmas, we launched Friends of Philippi Guernsey, as part of our efforts to raise money to fund our on-going training programme. We would be delighted if you could see your way clear to donating a small amount (maybe on an annual basis). If you might like to consider supporting us in this way, please contact us for a membership application form and a blank standing order instruction form. Any donation, however small, will be greatly appreciated. A few people have joined Friends of Philippi Guernsey and we are very grateful for their support.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development): We hope to run some CPD events of our own this year culminating in the conference.

Apologies for Belated Christmas Newsletter

Counselling: So far this year we have had 122 new referrals, which is similar to the same time last year. (November). There is still enormous demand on the Mental Health Services, which is reflected in our referrals. Consequently, we continue to have a waiting list, due to the long-term nature of much of our work and a reduction in the number of our counsellors.

Once again, thanks go to our counsellors; Amanda, Annabel, Bebe, Carole, Christine, Emma, Jane, Liz, Sue and Sarah, Greg and Nigel, and our supervisors; Sarah and Brian who have continued to give their time and skills. Liz has returned to the UK. We miss her and wish her well.

Training courses: The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies ran from April to July. The Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a recognised qualification, started in September. It is a 2-year course with 420 hours of tutor contact time and 120 credits towards entry on to a degree course. All the courses are awarded by CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body). This is attracting people, who want to enhance the work they already do or are considering a change in career. However, Philippi Guernsey continue to look particularly for those with a faith background, who might volunteer for us, if they are interested in this type of training and work.

A Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills course is planned for February 2017. Please email us at philippi.g@cwgsy.net for an information leaflet.

Friends of Philippi Guernsey: This Christmas, we are launching Friends of Philippi Guernsey, as part of our efforts to raise money to fund our on-going training programme. We would be delighted if you could see your way clear to donating a small amount (maybe on an annual basis). If you might like to consider supporting us in this way, please contact us for a membership application form and a blank standing order instruction form. Any donation, however small, will be greatly appreciated. Continue reading

Spring Newsletter 2016

Counselling: Last year we had 135 new referrals, which is less than in the past. This is partly due to some re-organisation in the Mental Health Services, although we are getting more referrals from GPs and other sources. We continue to have a waiting list, due mainly to a reduction in the number of our counsellors. The number of counselling hours delivered last year was 1200 and number of supervision hours was 136.
Once again, thanks go to our counsellors; Amanda, Annabel, Bebe, Christine, Emma, Jane, Julie E, Liz, Sue and Sarah, Greg and Nigel, and our supervisors; Sarah and Brian who have continued to give their time and skills. Julie E, who left the island in September 2014, is willing and able to counsel via Skype. We welcome Carole who is joining us.

Sad news: Malcolm Worsley, the founder of Philippi Trust died on 22/12/15. His health had not been good for a long time and gradually deteriorated over the year. The Celebration of his life was on 29/1/16 and was attended by about 200 people, including Philippians from Namibia, South Africa, Germany, Ireland and Guernsey.

AGM Tuesday 5th April at 6pm: In the Reading Room at Les Cotils, followed by a meal in the dining room for anyone who would like to join us. Please contact us, so we can make arrangements.

Training courses: Two Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills courses have now been completed. A Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills is planned for April 2016. It is hoped that we can run another Level 2 Course later in the year and the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a recognised qualification, is planned for September. It is a 2-year course with 420 hours of tutor contact time and 120 credits towards entry on to a degree course. All the courses have been re-written and are awarded by CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body). This is attracting people who want to enhance the work they already do or are considering a change in career. However, Philippi Guernsey are looking for those with a faith background, who might consider volunteering for us, if they felt a calling to this type of training and work.

Fundraising: Waitrose Community Matters Green token scheme raised £246 at Admiral Park. Thank you to all those who supported us.

CPD (Continuing Professional Development): A programme is being planned, although not as intensive as last year. There are CPD events run by outside organisations, which are available to us.

Philippi Trust International: The Philippi Trust International has been incorporated. The next Philippi Trust International conference will be in Guernsey in November, instead of October 2017.

Christmas 2015

Counselling: This year we have had 125 new referrals so far, which is less than in the past. This is partly due to some re-organisation in the Mental Health Services, although we are getting more referrals from GPs and other sources. We continue to have a waiting list, due mainly to a reduction in the number of our counsellors.

Once again, thanks go to our counsellors; Amanda, Annabel, Bebe, Beckie, Christine, Emma, Fiona, Jane, Jo, Julie C, Liz, Sue, Zoe and Sarah, Greg and Nigel, and our supervisors; Sarah and Brian who have continued to give their time and skills.
Dilnia and Fiona left the island in May and August respectively. Beckie left in September to start a teacher-training course. Jo has just finished seeing clients for us. We thank all those who have left for all their hard work and wish them well in the future. Julie E, who left the island in September 2014, is willing and able to counsel via Skype. Other counsellors are doing different things.

Training courses: A Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills started in April & continued monthly until July, being 14 days in total, which was a little longer than required, with two Philippi trainers from the UK making 2 visits each. A second Level 2 started in September with 11 students, although 2 were unable to continue after the first part for personal reasons. With no part in December, the course will conclude in January. The course has been delivered 3 days monthly for 4 months, to fulfil the required 90 hours. We hope to run another Level 2 next Spring. A Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills is planned for April 2016, again 3 days monthly for 4 months to give 90 hours. A Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, which gives this recognised qualification, is planned for September. It is a 2-year course with 420 hours of tutor contact time and 120 credits towards entry on to a degree course. All the courses have been re-written and are awarded by CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body).

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Spring Newsletter 2015

Counselling: In 2014, our final total of new referrals was 189. The number of counselling hours delivered for the year was just over 1900, nearly 400 more than 2013, and supervision hours delivered were just over 200, a little less than 2013. This year we have had 36 new referrals so far by 3rd week of March. We have a waiting list, which will inevitably continue to grow although a few clients are being allocated to counsellors. The Mental Health Services are very stretched with a 6 month waiting list and we are receiving an increasing number of referrals from them.

Once again, thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Annabel, Bebe, Carmel, Christine, Dilnia, Emma, Fiona, Jane, Jo, Julie C, Julie E, Liz, Sue, Zoe and Sarah, Colin, Greg and Nigel, and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura, Sarah and Brian who have continued to give their time and skills. Margaret gradually finished with her clients towards the end of the year and she has a couple of supervisees for a while longer. Maura also finished her supervision in February this year. We wish Margaret and Maura a long and peaceful retirement, which they truly deserve.

Colin returned to the UK in June and Julie E went at the end of September. We were joined by Beckie in September and we welcome her. Carmel and Jo are finishing their placements with us and Dilnia leaves the island in May. We thank all those who have left or are leaving us for all their hard work and wish them well in the future.

AGM Wednesday 29th April at 6pm in the Reading Room at Les Cotils.
We will stay for a meal afterwards, so please let us know if you are interested.
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Christmas Newsletter 2014

Counselling: This year has been busy throughout and the number of new referrals to date is 172. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continues to be extremely busy and consequently we are getting more referrals. Therefore, understandably, we have a waiting list, although the counsellors are working very hard to keep up with it.

Training courses: We are planning to run a Level 2 Course starting in April with a trainer from the UK. It will be a week in April, a week in May & a Friday and Saturday in June and July to give the contact time of 90 – 100 hours. Please contact us or pass on the information.

Listening and Responding Day: we hope to run another on Saturday 7th February.

BIG Celebration: on June 14th, we had a party at the Hotel Jerbourg on a beautiful sunny day. We were celebrating and awarding the Advanced Counselling Course certificates to the 9 successful Level 4 students, acknowledging Margaret’s retirement and recognizing 10 years since Philippi Guernsey LBG was officially launched. We were privileged to have Malcolm and Jennifer come over to be with us for the weekend.

Margaret has been gradually reducing her workload over the last few months. She was nominated and shortlisted to one of 3, for the Guernsey Community Foundation Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, which is an accolade. We congratulate Margaret on this achievement and wish her a happy retirement, which gives her the time   to do the things that she would like to do.

Philippi Trust International: a couple of us went to Ireland in October to meet up with members of the Philippi Trust from the UK, Namibia, Germany and the USA. Unfortunately, the representatives from South Africa were unable to get funding in time to come and Malcolm had hoped to join us, but his health did not permit the journey. Skype helped cover the miles. The purpose was to establish a way forward to protect Malcolm’s original vision of the Philippi Trust for the future. There was a real sense of purpose and unity over the weekend. Continue reading

Spring Newsletter 2014

Counselling: Last year was our busiest year to date and our final number of new referrals was 157, in comparison with 82 in 2012. The service gave over 1500 hours of counselling and 225 hours of supervision in 2013. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continues to be extremely busy, which is why we are getting so many referrals.

We have been particularly busy since last September and have already had 62 new clients this year. Consequently we have a growing waiting list, although the counsellors are working very hard to accommodate this.

Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Annabel, Carmel, Christine, Emma, Fiona, Jane, Jo, Julie, Liz, Sue, and Sarah, Colin, Greg, Nigel and Tom and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura, Sarah and Brian, who all continue to give their time and skills. We have just been joined by Dilnia, who has recently come to the island and has nearly completed her level 4 course in the UK. We welcome her.

With so many counsellors, we were in need of more venues in which to see clients. We are appreciative of the use of rooms and facilities at St Andrew’s Church Barn, Les Camps Methodist Church, Trinity Church, The King’s Barn Mission in Rue du Gelee, Bordeaux Mission and Galaad Methodist Church. We have been offered the use of St Matthew’s Church Hall at Le Guet in Castel and a room in the old Rectory at St Pierre du Bois, for which we are thankful and they are now ready and available for use. Continue reading