Sunday, November 01, 2009

BACP speaks for me (occasionally)

I confess I haven't always been able to say that, but BACP's position statement on the Statutory Regulation issue/s is surprisingly good - particularly when viewed from the precarious position of the Person-Centred Approach in all this *stuff*.

Check it out and tell me i'm wrong:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Soteria Network Conference 2009


A Soteria House – A Real Alternative for Helping People through ‘Psychosis’
Making It Happen in the UK

A one-day conference in Saltaire, Bradford for everyone interested in alternatives to current biomedical approaches to ‘psychosis’ organised by the Soteria Network.

Tuesday 3 November 2009
Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Bradford BD18 3JS

* We know about the problems with current practice
* We understand that people want alternatives to hospitalisation and medication-based services predicated on dignity, respect and choice
* We believe the time is right to create a Soteria House in the UK

Speakers will include:
* John Bola – world authority on minimal medication approaches to ‘psychosis’ and colleague of Loren Mosher (founder of the first Soteria House)
* Fiona Venner – manager of the Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
* Adam Jhugroo – Evolving Minds, Bradford

The conference will start at 9.45am (registration from 9am) and close at 4.30pm. There will be a bookstall and workshops dedicated to exploring the practical issues surrounding setting up a Soteria House in the UK

Cost: There is no fixed price – the organisers invite attendees to make a contribution based on their ability to pay across a scale from £0 to £100. As a guide, an appropriate contribution from waged professionals could be between £50 and £100, and from the unwaged or service users £0 to £15. Lunch and refreshments are included in the price.

To book a place, please contact Dawn McCarrick on T: 0121 331 7151 E:
For queries, please contact Paula Quick on 01629 812738

* A Soteria House was originally developed as a residential alternative for people diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘psychosis’, moving away from using such medical language and thinking to explain subjective experience. Common elements of the Soteria approach include finding personal meaning in the experience of ‘psychosis’ by ‘being with’ clients; and no or minimal use of antipsychotic medication (with any medication taken from a position of choice and without coercion). The house is run with primarily non-medical staffing; preserving residents’ personal power, social networks, and communal responsibilities.

For more information, please see:

Sessional Counselling Positions (P/T)

Sessional Counselling Positions (part time)
£15.00 per hour

GASPED (Greater Awareness and Support for Parents Encountering Drugs) looking for a number of sessional workers to provide therapeutic support to clients who are affected by the issues of drugs and alcohol.

The posts will be based at Dewsbury and Wakefield (hours to be confirmed).

To apply for one of these posts you will need:

- PG Diploma in Counselling
- A minimum of 3 years post Diploma client experience including Client Initial Assessments
- Professional Indemnity Insurance
- BACP Accreditation or working towards Accreditation
- Excellent organisational skills
- To be a team player, excellent communicator and flexible in approach and attitude.

An understanding of the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol may be an advantage.

To apply please contact:
Wakefield Resource Centre on 01924 787501
or e-mail
for an application form.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Counselling in Yorkshire & the Humber

PCAyorks is a good place to start if you are looking for person-centred counselling / client-centred therapy (CCT) in the Yorkshire & the Humber region. We can refer you to counsellors/therapists who are trained in - and committed to - the person-centred approach. Just email us for more information.

If you are a counsellor / therapist seeking referrals (or looking to network with others in the region) - then you've also come to the right place. Email us for details about how to join the network.

And if you run (or are looking for) counselling courses in the region, we would also like to hear from you. For prospective students/trainees, we can help you find which courses practice what they preach, so far as applying the person-centred approach is concerned. Course administrators may also be interested in linking in with the network - we can help by promoting your courses through this site and through our extensive email network. Email us for more details.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

La Jolla Program

A project of the Center for Studies of the Person,
La Jolla, California, USA.
27th SEPTEMBER – 3rd OCTOBER 2009

The Center for Studies of the Person was founded by Carl Rogers and his colleagues in the 1970s. Rogers was personally involved in the development and establishment of the La Jolla Program. The Program provides an opportunity to explore personal and professional relationships in a person-centred community. It is an interactive experience, an opportunity to listen and be listened to and develop new levels of communication. Rogers believed that the intensive group experience was a profoundly significant vehicle, which could lead to deep and significant changes in persons, institutions, racial and international tensions and in the values and philosophies of mankind.

The facilitators will be Will Stillwell and Keddie Burrows. Will, who was a colleague of Carl Rogers, works in organisations as coach to individuals, facilitator to groups and mediator in conflict situations. He has served on the faculty of several American universities. Keddie works as a psychological specialist to developmentally disabled people for whom the regular health system has not worked well. She has a long professional history to back up her unique gift of being herself with others.

The venue will be at the University of East Anglia. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 24 participants, so early booking is advisable.

Cost: Resident Single £525 Double £630 (with double bed.)
Non-resident £265. All rooms are en-suite with TV, hairdryer, alarm clock and tea/coffee making facilities.
A £50 deposit will secure a place. For further details and an application form please contact:

Kay Laurie (UK Organiser)
30 Chestnut Court, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1HB
Tel:01603 614766 Email:

You can read a bit more about the La Jolla Program at:

PCE 2010 Conference in Rome

9th World Conference for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling
PCE 2010
Empowerment: The politics of the helping relationship

30th June - 4th July 2010
Rome, Italy

or contact us for further details.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

BAPCA Conference 10-13 September


For more details of this year's BAPCA Conference, visit:

Monday, August 03, 2009

Links to uploaded documents

I'm afraid a number of the documents that were uploaded and linked from this blog are not currently available. It will take some time to reupload these documents and change the links but in the meantime if you're looking for anything in particular just leave a comment or mail us (see CONTACT US at the top of the sidebar).

Over the coming months we hope to thoroughly overhaul the PCAYORKS blog and at least return it to its former 'glory' (debatable, i know...)