Spring Newsletter 2011

Dear friends & supporters

Counselling: Last year was a busy one for counselling and training. We had 122 new referrals, just a few less than 2009 and just over 700 sessions of counselling were delivered, 200 less than 2009.  Currently there is a 2 – 3 month waiting list of about a dozen people. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Janet, Amanda, Magdalena, Helen, Liz, Lucy, Pat and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura, Jenny and Brian who continue to give their time and skills.

Unfortunately, it has been a difficult year for many of our counsellors. Thankfully, Margaret has recovered well from her two episodes of surgery, which have been successful. Others are or have been unwell or had family concerns. Magdalena expects her first baby soon and we wish her well. We are pleased to welcome Fiona and her family to the island and look forward to Fiona’s participation with us.

Administration: June worked hard for ten months with us, but returned to Ireland just before Christmas. We welcome Rosalind in her place and she is busy getting stuck in to the job.

Training courses: An Initial Course, level 2, starts at the end of January, taking place over 4 weekends through until March. The Intermediate Course, level 3, will start in May and last for about 10 months. Both have a good number of students.

Continuing Professional Development Programme

FEBRUARY : on Friday 18th  6-9pm & Saturday 19th  9.30am -5.30pm.

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

MAY : on Friday 13th  6-9.30pm & Saturday 14th  9am-6pm

Linda Van Peborgh is returning and bringing a colleague, Jonquil Hinds, and together they will lead a workshop entitled ‘Loving is Tough’.

JUNE : on Friday 24th  6-10pm & Saturday 25th  9am-5pm

Roger and Christine Day are coming to demonstrate adult Sand Tray Work and give us a chance to experiment for ourselves!

November: Quiet Day

Fundraising

We have approached a 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 appreciate that in the current economic climate, there are less funds available for charitable causes, but we continue to be hopeful.

Diary dates

On Saturday May 21st, we are celebrating 10 years since Malcolm Worsley came to Guernsey and taught the first Philippi course and he and Jennifer are coming over for the weekend. We would like to invite as many people who have longstanding connections with us, or who would like to come as a current supporter, to join us for a buffet lunch at Les Cotils at 12.00. Cost around £7. RSVP.

AGM

Our next ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be on WEDNESDAY 16th MARCH at 6pm Les Cotils. There will be a meal afterwards, so please let us know if you would like to join us for the meal & we will send you a menu. The cost will be £12.50.

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Many thanks

Sarah