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Code: OTSA/19/63 Annual Conference for Counsellors 2019 - Didcot Civic Hall (EVENT FULL)


What really works? And what doesn't?
The 12th Annual Conference for Counsellors working in schools or interested in working in schools
Thursday 19th September 2019 - Didcot Civic Hall
COST: £95 + VAT

Everyone in school wants a quick fix, but what if there isn't one? What if therapeutic change is slow and schools get frustrated, expecting counsellors to have magic wands? How do counsellors work most effectively with young people and with schools?


Full Programme

8.45: Arrival, registration and coffee
9.30: Welcome
9.40: Opening address: What really works? And what doesn’t? Effective therapy with young people from the past to the present - Dr Silvia Elsner, UKCP psychotherapist, has worked for over 20 years in a variety of therapeutic settings, including schools, universities and the NHS. She has taught on the Oxford University psychodynamic training programme for the last five years and has experience of supervising counsellors, including in schools. She is especially interested in the factors that make therapeutic relationships succeed.

10.40: Coffee

11.00: Morning Workshops:
1. Developing a whole-school counselling service (Jim Pye)
2. Gender identity services for young people: assessment, treatment, and the role of schools and school counsellors (Gabrielle Lees)
3. Black holes: a developmental approach to young people’s experiences of depression (Lucy-Jean
4. Using a counsellor’s experience to make difficult meetings with parents, staff and agencies more effective (Kathy Peto and Shona Reed-Purvis)
5. Talking with the head teacher and senior leadership team about the school: why and how do we share our
thinking? (Debbie Lee)

12.30: Lunch (buffet lunch will be provided) 

1.30: Afternoon Workshops:
1. Saying one thing and meaning your mother: the complexity of maternal relationships in work with young people (Katia Houghton)
2. Necessary failure: counselling young people through disappointment and disillusion (Laura McDonald)
3. Working with risky, suicidal young people (Shona Reed-Purvis and Debbie Lee)
4. Between the words: developing emotional fluency with primary-aged children (Caroline Kerr)
5. Working with young people’s anxiety and with the anxiety of schools (Nick Luxmoore) 

3.00: Coffee
3.15: Plenary: Nick Luxmoore
4.00: Conference close (CPD certificates available)

COST TO ATTEND: £95 + VAT (£114)

Closing date for applicaitons is Friday 13th September 2019

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 19 September 2019 09:00 - 09:30 Didcot Civic Hall Map