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Updates from the AGM

Dear BAPCA members (and other interested parties reached by this message)

As you know, the BAPCA AGM was held on Saturday 19th August, and was well attended.

The day began with community and a great many things were discussed, including past BAPCA hurts, and possible future BAPCA directions, and mid-afternoon, moved to the AGM.

You will be pleased to know that almost at the last minute, BAPCA had kindly had an offer of a new treasurer - Ruth Player. Consequently Ruth has been co-opted onto the trustees board to be treasurer, and the motion to dissolve BAPCA was withdrawn by the outgoing CG/trustees. The AGM also welcomed Seb Heid onto the board of trustees who (together with Sara) will take over the editorship of PCQ.

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Second annual student competition!

Hi all, 

It's time for the second annual BAPCA student competition. We have three first prizes of a year's free membership to BAPCA and three second prizes of a year's half price membership to BAPCA. The competition is open to students and trainees at any level (from level two through to PhD) who have not been BAPCA members before.

Level two students have as much chance of winning as PhD students, and last year we had winners from across the board. We are providing two questions, to allow you to focus your energy where your strengths lie.

The competition deadline is November 17th at midnight. The entries will then be judged and winners announced in January, with memberships running from February for a year.

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The AGM and getting to it

Hi all, 

As you may know, we have arranged for the AGM (which would have been part of the conference and is now a standalone event at Harper dams University) to be part of a wider day of community, with the possibility of staying over on Friday and Saturday night. We are trying to make this as accessible as possible, so that people don't have to do the whole thing on one day (which can be exhausting). This AGM is important to us all (not just the trustees) and we would like as many people as possible to be involved. Often people feel that things happen as a result of the AGM, which, when not attached to a conference, is not always well-attended. This is our attempt to try and change this.

Whether this is your first AGM or your 30th, or whether you have been a member one day (hello newest member!) or since the beginning, you are welcome to come. You do not need to be a member to attend. The person-centered approach is wider than BAPCA, and new and old voices are always welcome.

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Coventry encounter day

BAPCA are pleased to announce their second regional encounter group on 30th September.

It will be hosted at Coventry again (if you would like us to host one in an area near to you and can suggest a suitable location, please email LJ with your suggestions. They will be glad to look into other locations across the UK). 

The first encounter group was held in February, with a mixure of counsellors, trainees, and people who are person-centered or interested in the approach but who are not working in counselling. We had a mixture of BAPCA members and non-members there, and the day was a delight. Several of us found it very moving to be part of.

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Finding a placement, a guide for trainees

'Applying for a placement' - a guide (from a placement provider) in 15ish easy steps.

I (LJ) wrote this for the person-centered trainees group on facebook (with some helpful suggestions from members there), but it occurred to me that it might be useful for people outside of facebook so I'm reposting it here.

  • Congratulations on getting on your course! So you need a placement? Find out (if possible) when you will be needing to start a placement. On an 18 month diploma/2year foundation degree you will (can) probably start placement in about 3 months. On a 3/4/5 year foundation degree/ba-bsc or ma/msc you probably won't start for a year. If you're on a shorter course, you will need to start looking for potential placements asap.

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Conference update - important

Dear all, 

It is with sad hearts that this blog comes to you. At the meeting of the CG/trustees on Saturday, we took the decision to cancel this year's conference. It's not a decision we made lightly.

The decision was made because our numbers for booking this year were much lower than in previous years, and had we gone ahead with the conference with the projected number of people we have, we would incur a massive financial loss. As trustees of a charity, we have a legal responsibility not to be irresponsible with the money that BAPCA holds, and we felt that we could not justify the amount of money that it would have cost for the conference to go ahead.

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Why does it have to get so damn complicated?

I’ve always thought of myself as “people person”. Indeed in my application for my counselling course, way back, I wrote: “I am exceptionally interested in people, who they are, and who they might become. I have always worked in jobs that involve a lot of interaction with people of all ages and backgrounds. I have worked as a Care Worker, Teacher, Education Welfare Officer and Child Development Instructor. I hope that I have learnt many things from each of the people that I have come across in my life. I have also learnt never to make assumptions based on pre-conceptions; people nearly always surprise you and often prove you quite wrong.”  Yet, nowadays, I find myself shying away from interacting with other counsellors, particularly in big groups (I do wonder what the term is for a big group of counsellors). As an individual in private practice in North Staffordshire, you would think that I would seek out the succour and support of my fellow colleagues and professionals and, yet, I find that I don’t want to.

Why so? This change in my behaviour confuses me; various thoughts wander through my mind and I wonder ‘why so’? To take this morning as an example Onlinevents* put on an event to discuss the new BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions*: Before too long I was resembling my 9 year old, when we’re enforcing school reading book time of an evening. I was sighing, disengaged and grumpy. Once again, I found myself thinking: why does it have to get so damn complicated?

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Conference!

PLEASE NOTE THE CONFERENCE IS CANCELLED.

There will be a new blog post about this shortly.

Hi all, 

Our conference details are now up and bookings are being taken! Book now to secure your places! Early bird entries are now being taken and we have bursaries available for those who wish to apply. These are popular, so please ask us asap if you'd like to take one of these up. Please don't be afraid to ask - if you don't ask, we can't give you one.

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Staying alive (apologies for your ear worm)

Dear all,

It has reached our ears that some people are concerned that BAPCA might be folding at the conference and thus it might not be worth coming/signing up to BAPCA. We want to assure you that this is definitely not the case!

We were in need of a new treasurer and a new chair, and we could not legally continue without a treasurer, although we do not legally need a chair. We have been very fortunate to have Lindsay van Dijk volunteer for the treasurer role. She is currently co-opted and hopes to be voted in fully at the conference. This means that the future of BAPCA is secured. In the rare possibility that Lindsay wasn't voted in, she would remain co-opted until/unless someone else was voted in. So. In short, we are not folding!

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