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).