Autumn Newsletter 2011

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: This year is continuing to be a busy one for counselling and training. We have had 80 new referrals so far, compared with 98 at this time last year.  At present, there is a short waiting list of about 6 people. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Fiona, Helen, Janet, Liz, Pat and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura and Brian, who continue to give their time and skills.

Some of our counsellors have had their own challenges of illness, work issues and moving house to overcome. Sue, who had answered our designated telephone line since the beginning of Philippi Guernsey, has decided to relinquish it after 7 years of dedicated service. We appreciate and thank Sue for her valuable contribution over the years and extend her our best wishes for the future. The telephone line will now be answered by the manager.

Administration: Rosalind has been kept occupied with a wide variety of tasks, which is a great help to us.

Training courses: An Initial Course, level 2, ran from the end of January, taking place over 4 weekends through until March. The Intermediate Course, level 3, started in May, with 13 students and will finish in January. A good number of students attended the Initial Course and most have continued on to the Intermediate Course, together with others. Unfortunately, several have withdrawn for various reasons.

In April 2012, we plan to start a Diploma Course, level 4, which will run for 2 years, in order to upgrade our training and professional standards to fulfil proposed governmental requirements for counselling.

Continuing Professional Development Programme 2011

FEBRUARY Friday 18th & Saturday 19th  

Frank Wills, from Bristol University, came to teach CBT for Depression: Behavioural Activation, Mindfulness and Self-Compassionate Thinking.

MAY Friday 13th & Saturday 14th   

Linda Van Peborgh brought a colleague, Jonquil Hinds, and together they led a workshop entitled ‘Loving is Tough’.

JUNE Friday 24th  & Saturday 25th

Roger and Christine Day demonstrated adult Sand Tray Work and we had a chance to experiment for ourselves!

ALL these days were excellent, giving us a variety of theory, spiritual/emotional & practical topics to increase our experience and build our skills.

Thanks go to Margaret as our trainer and organiser of CPD.

November 19th: Quiet Day 10.00 to 4pm

Adrian Datta, our previous Chairman, will lead our reflections on the theme of Resting, Rejoicing and Remembering, based on the core passage of Philippians 4: 4-9. Please come and join us, bringing lunch, layers of clothing and a torch.

RSVP by Friday 11th November so that we know for refreshments and seating.

Fundraising

We have made personal approaches to an increased number of companies who may be sympathetic to the work of Philippi, in order to continue to help fulfill our training requirements and fund the post of part-time secretary in the future. We are keen to heavily subsidise the Diploma course, as all our counsellors have paid for their own training to date and give their time and skills.  We appreciate that in the current economic climate, there are less funds available for charitable causes, but we continue to be hopeful.

Margaret has just taught a Listening and Responding Course, over 2 half days for ARC (Asset Risk Consultants) in return for a good sponsorship fee.

We are looking for a sponsor to design and maintain a website for us, if you know anyone with some time and these skills, who may be interested.

EVENTS

On Saturday May 21st, we celebrated 10 years since Malcolm Worsley came to Guernsey and taught the first Philippi course and he and Jennifer came over for the weekend. About 35 people joined us for a buffet lunch at Les Cotils and it was lovely to meet up with old friends.

In October, Philippi Germany are hosting a Philippi Worldwide conference, for representatives of Philippi UK, Guernsey, South Africa, Namibia, Belgium and USA to join together and learn more about the work of each branch.

We do value your continued interest and prayer support.

We are still reviewing our mailing list and would like to continue to give you the opportunity to have the Newsletters emailed or still posted to you or your name taken off the list. Thank you if you replied last time.

Therefore, we would appreciate it if you would kindly let us know your wishes, if they have changed. Contact details are below.

Many thanks

Sarah