The Forgotten Generation – Counselling Older People – 9th March 2019

Pam Barker is a Pluralistic Counsellor drawing on a wide range of theory and practises. Pam has over twenty-five years of providing counselling, training and supervision.  She specialises in Grief Therapy, anticipatory grief, bereavement and loss.  Following her work in the voluntary sector of Mental Health and Hospice Care, including training hospice staff and providing external training, Pam now volunteers for Cruse Bereavement Care.  She offers Clinical Supervision to private supervisees, Cruse and to SOBS, Survivor’s of Bereavement by Suicide. She has a special interest in working with older people and wishes to enhance the understanding and skills of counsellors.

Claire Pooley also describes herself as a Pluralist Therapist in private practise in Eastbourne. She specialises in trauma and mental health issues and Clinical Supervision. She is assisting in the development of the BACP’s Older People’s Strategy and is keen to champion the cause. She is a qualified Mental Health Nurse, Psycho-Traumatologist, and EMDR Practitioner. She also teaches on a Relationship-based Supervision Diploma with Ibis Consultancy. (Senior Accred BACP)

Getting older is a given. Our beliefs, past experiences, resources, ability and resilience all have an influencing factor in the way we face getting older. In 2016, the BACP formed a strategy for “Exploring the role of counselling in improving the lives of older people and promoting the value of talking therapies to this group”. In their research they discovered that 1 in 5 older people have depression and yet 20% of those took no action and that those that did seek help were twice as likely to receive medication as be offered a talking therapy.

Pam and Claire invite you to consider the needs of older people, the needs and values within our society and how best to engage and promote their inner comfort.

There is strong evidence that counselling older people with anxiety, depression and subjective wellbeing is effective (Alison Brettle 2017)

Workshop Aims:

  • To provide a greater understanding of counselling people in their ‘latter years’
  • To consider beliefs and myths
  • To share facts and figures within Sussex
  • To share and reflect on common reactions when working with older clients
  • To consider ethical implications and safeguarding issues
  • To identify specific competencies required for working with older people

It is BACP’s aim that Older People Champions will be created all levels and this workshop hopes to be part of that journey.

You will receive a certificate for 6 hours CPD

Fees:  £40 for Counselling Plus Counsellors £60 for all other attendees

Venue: St Nicholas Centre, London Road, St Leonards, East Sussex, TN37 6AS

Tea/coffee is provided please bring a packed lunch

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