Christmas Newsletter 2017

Counselling: This year we have had 123 new referrals to the end of the first week of December. Once again, thanks go to our counsellors; Amanda, Annabel, Bebe, Beckie, 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. Greg has decided to retire after working with us for several years. We thank him for all his hard work with clients and wish him well for the future. Helen has returned to the island after training and working in the UK. She has just joined us and we welcome her. Our Diploma trainees have been seeing clients since February, which has made a big difference to our waiting list and our thanks go to them as well; Anne, John, Kate, Mandy and Tracey.

Training courses: We are planning to start a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies in April 2018, which will be a 12 day course run in mainly 2 day modules over 7 months. We will also be looking at how we can run another Level 2. Please check our website www.philippi.org.gg for further information as it becomes available or email us at philippi.g@cwgsy.net. The second year of the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, started in September and will finish in June. 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 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 at Les Cotils: We welcomed our overseas friends from Namibia, South Africa, Germany, Ireland, USA and the UK on Sunday 19th November. Unfortunately, there were some problems with visas and passports, which prevented 3 people coming from South Africa. From Monday to Wednesday morning, we had committee management meetings, while a couple of people, not involved with those, were taken out by one of our counsellors and a director. On Monday evening we had a slideshow about Guernsey and on Tuesday evening, we had our first Philippi Trust International AGM with reports from each Centre about their current work. We also had a presentation about an exciting and valuable work with children, adults and workers called Resilient Kids, with which Philippi Trust International are going to be more closely allied in the future. To find out more, look up their website www.resilientkidssa.org.za. On Wednesday afternoon, we had a 3 hour coach tour around the island, which was enjoyed by everyone. A couple of Guernseys were purchased!

Diary Date: Our next Philippi Trust International Conference will be in South Africa in May 2019.

International Conference: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November. We had 3 excellent speakers, who each led a 2 day workshop. Dr Frank Wills spoke about “New Therapeutic Perspectives on working with Worries and Obsessions”, Lindsay Schofield guided us through “Compassion Fatigue: what is it and how to avoid it” and Dr Pauline Yong taught “Neuroscience : the 3Rs of Self”, which are Relationship, Regulation and Resilience! We had some delegates from outside of Philippi Guernsey and altogether we had a comfortable number. The delegates found the workshops extremely beneficial, as they were all interactive and practical.

Fundraising: Friends of Philippi Guernsey: Last Christmas, we launched Friends of Philippi Guernsey, as part of our efforts to raise money to help fund our on-going training programme. Quite a few people are supporting us in this way and we would be delighted if you would like to join us by 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.

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With very Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy New Year and 2018.