Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Employment Opportunity

Operational Manager for the Newport Community Counselling Service (part time) .

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a  team which will be responsible for the day to day running of the Newport Community Counselling service in Newport, located at both campus and community based venues. The post holder will be responsible for the coordination and mentoring of trainee counsellors working on the project, identifying and providing appropriate training opportunities as required.  The postholder will be responsible for referrals, assessment and allocation of counsellors to clients as well as the collation of data for monitoring and evaluation purposes The person appointed will be educated to degree level with a Diploma in Counselling and/ or  Psychotherapy  and be an accredited Counsellor or Psychotherapist (BACP).  The post holder will have extensive experience of coordinating and evaluating a counselling service.

This job is 0.6 FTE.
CLOSING DATE:   Tuesday, 26th November 2013
For more information please go to:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Counsellors required

Talk in the Bay (Cardiff) are looking for counsellors to join their Affordable Talk service. This opportunity would suit newly qualified counsellors or counsellors wishing to take their first steps into private practice.

They have hours available during daytime, evening and weekends.
Remuneration will be £10.00 - £20.00 per hour.

If you are interested please send your CV or telephone Allyson Edmunds for an initial chat.

Allyson Edmunds MA, MBACP (Accred)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Two Counselling Job Opportunities

Both at the University of South Wales -

1. Operations Coordinator (FTE 0.4) £32,267 - £37,382 per annum pro rata 
Newport Independent Schools Based Counselling Service
Due to being successful at tendering for schools based counselling in Newport, the University of South Wales is looking for a motivated individual to be part of a team which will be responsible for developing and extending the provision of a co-ordinated schools based counselling service within Newport.

To apply you need to complete and submit an application on-line on the University of South Wales website. See link below for more information.

2. Operations Coordinator (FTE 0.6) £32,267 - £37,382 per annum pro rata
Newport Community Counselling Service
The University of South Wales is offering this exciting opportunity to be part of a team which will be responsible for the day to day running of the Newport Community Counselling Service, located at both campus and community based venues within the Newport area.

To apply you need to complete and submit an application on-line on the University of South Wales website. See link below for more information.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mo Jenkins has written a great review of our double DVD set "Counselling Confidentiality & the Law" in the September issue of Therapy Today. The DVD features Peter Jenkins and we hope to be making another DVD with Peter later in the year. Meanwhile you can read about this title, and see the review, here.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Workshop - Eating Disorders, Assessment and Beyond

Placement Opportunity

There's a placement opportunity at University of South Wales (Treforest Campus) from October 2013 for the forthcoming academic year. Closing date June 30th. For details contact kerry barnes at

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Maslow on Radio 4

Maslow has always been a hero of mine so you can bet I'll be tuned in to Radio 4 this Friday - 19th April - at 11.00am to listen to "Mindchangers"

To quote the BBC - "In his 1954 book, Motivation and Personality, Maslow explained his Heirarchy of Needs: how only when basic physiological needs, and those of safety and security, are met can humans aspire to be motivated by higher goals such as status and self-respect. And he maintained that only a small number of exceptional people - he gave Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt as examples - are capable of reaching the highest level of motivation, and are driven by the desire to accomplish all they are capable of.
Maslow was also a pioneer, with Carl Rogers, of Humanistic Psychology - a response to the sharply opposing schools of psychoanalysis and behaviourism which dominated psychology at the time.
Claudia Hammond visits Brandeis University outside Boston, where Maslow was the founding Professor of Psychology, to speak to some who knew him, and hears from psychologists and management experts how his influence persists. Contributors include Margie Lachman - Professor of Psychology at Brandeis University, Lawrence Fuchs - emeritus Professor of American Civilization and Politics at Brandeis (who died last month), and Warren Bennis - Professor of Management and Organization at the USC Marshall School of Business."
If you read this after the 19th then you should be able to track it down on the BBC iPlayer.
You can read a little more about applied Maslovian theory (allegedly) by doing a search on this blog for "Dave and his hierarchy of needs". You can even find a Maslow game to play there. Dave, in case you were wondering, is doing well.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Medicalising Grief

Interesting programme from Radio 4.

From the BBC site - "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - or DSM - is a book full of lists of symptoms, strange sounding names, codes and guidelines. It's also a book that changes lives. Its champions say it is simply a system of classification, a diagnostic tool. Its critics claim it is more - it decides what is and isn't a disease and that every time a new version is published an increasing number of people are labelled mentally ill.

And for every diagnosis in the DSM, there is a corresponding medical treatment waiting in the wings.
In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association will publish the latest edition of their DSM and it is likely to cause tension within the American psychiatric establishment. But why is this medical-looking manual causing such controversy?

Where some say the previous DSM was responsible for pathologising childhood, critics of the new edition will medicalise grief.

Are the intense feelings most people experience after the death of a loved one misery or melancholia? That is the ongoing debate, the result of which will have an impact on millions of people and our understanding of a fundamental human reaction.

In a post-Prozac world, when normal becomes abnormal, medication generally follows. An estimated 8 to 10 million people lose a loved one every year and something like a third to a half of them suffer depressive symptoms for up to a month afterward. How much does the pharmaceutical industry stand to benefit if an extra 5 million people a year are prescribed anti-depressants?

Matthew Hill investigates the DSM, its decisions over what is and is not a mental illness, and the people behind it.
Producer: Gemma Newby A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4."

It was broadcast on Easter Sunday, but you can still catch it on the iPlayer Site

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Counselling Post

There's a new post being advertised by SMD Counselling Services which I think is not the one they were advertising earlier this month -

New Counselling post
Good rates of pay from £20.00 up to £30.00 per hour working from our Newport
office.  Therapist will be on a self-employment basis must have CRB - Insurance -
Member of the BACP with a post graduate Diploma or higher.
Please email 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Counselling Post

SMD Counselling & Psychotherapy Services are looking for one more counsellor to work alongside four other therapists. This post is available in Newport and offers good rates of pay. You must have your own insurance, be a member of BACP and have at least a Postgraduate Diploma. If you're interested then mail your CV to Closing date 8/3/13.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Another new release!

Therapy is about communication, and there have never been so many ways for us to communicate with each other as there are today.  While therapy has traditionally meant working face to face, there are now a growing number of potential clients who wish to use some of the new technologies as the medium for exploring their issues - be that by email, texting, messaging, Skype or something quite different. This, of course, presents challenges for the therapists, who may be less familiar with these things than their clients.

This DVD explores the new technologies, and the ways in which they can be used in therapy. It will be of interest to anyone who is considering moving away from solely offering their clients face to face work but feels daunted by the prospect of coming to grips with the implications of doing that.

More details on the Counselling DVDs web site at

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This is Counselling DVDs first release for 2013. Following the success of his "Confidential Space" DVD Peter Jenkins returns to consider the various ways in which the law impacts on the world of therapy.

This is a double DVD set and is also available as a study pack with two CDs of the programme's soundtrack. You can find out more here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Job Opportunity

Supporting children, young people and adults who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma.

The following exciting vacancy has arisen within
the Children and Young People’s Service

Experienced Children and Young People’s Counsellor / Therapist

16 hours per week
Fixed Term part time for 3 years (grant funded)
Salary: £16,342 per annum
For a recruitment pack please visit our website
Application is by CV and covering letter.  This letter should reflect your suitability for the role as outlined in the person specification in the recruitment pack.
For additional information please contact us on 0117 935 1707 or
Closing Date: Midday 24 January 2013
Interview Date: 5 February 2013

The Examined Life

Book of the week on Radio 4 is "The Examined Life" by Stephen Grosz, and on the strength of the episode I've just listened to it's well worth tracking down. Quoting from the BBC site -

"The world bedevils us. To make sense of it, we tell ourselves stories. In a series of short, vivid, dramatic tales, using psychoanalytic insight without psychoanalytic jargon, The Examined Life tracks the collaborative journey of therapist and patient as they uncover the hidden feelings behind apparently ordinary behaviour patterns."

You'll have missed two episodes (at least) by the time you read this, of course, but it's on the iPlayer at