Making use of facebook

Hi all,

 

After a hiatus (apologies for that - I've (LJ) been dealing with illness), the blog is hopefully back with some useful things. Right now I'm looking at facebook groups, and I've put together a list of various UK/worldwide facebook groups. If a group is missing and you think it should be added, please leave a comment and I'll get it included!

There are various types of groups and I have grouped them into the sets below. Please note there are overlaps (such as person-centered trainee groups etc):

This list is in no way an endorsement of any particular group. Groups are more or less inclusive of varying demographics depending on the group. I will be doing another post with pages at some point.

 

Groups for specific demographics of students/qualified counsellors

Groups about demographics

Person-centered groups

Trainee groups

UK and Ireland specific location-based counsellors

Newly qualified

Jobs and CPD

School counsellors

Counsellors with a cause

General

Other potentially relevant groups

 

  Groups for specific demographics of students/qualified counsellors
Non-binary therapists A space for non-binary therapists and therapy-related practitioners to share experiences and support. Note: this is a secret group. If 'non-binary' describes you and you would like to join, drop LJ a me a message and I can see about adding you

 

Non-binary, Genderfluid, Queer and Trans Therapists Forum This group is a place for queer therapists to share resources, knowledge, referrals, and support in promoting a queer-positive culture for our clients and colleagues

 

 
Muslim counsellors UK Salam, this is group is ONLY for Muslim counsellors in the UK and serves as a directory. Please post where you are located and what field you specialise in

 

LGBT+ counsellors and psychotherapists social lounge If you are NOT a COUNSELLOR or PSYCHOTHERAPIST (or cannot provide evidence of being so, whether a trainee, qualified or retired), sorry but this IS NOT the group for you... We're a socially-orientated group for LGBT+ Counsellors and Psychotherapists, formed to share, discuss and support each other in the more specific areas of being an LGBT+ therapist, working with gender-, sexual- and relationship- diverse clients, or simply how to make the perfect cocktail... IMPORTANT BITS:- - If you identify as LGBT+ / GSRD you may get more from this group than if you don't. - ALLIES welcome, but we're not an academic resource ("I have a gay client, how do I...?") nor, with respect, are we something to be studied ;)

 

    Groups about demographics

Babel - Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Psychotherapy Group Babel - Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Psychotherapy Group was created to have a space where counsellors whose English is not their first language could share their experience and material related to Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Psychotherapy. It would also be a space for those working with clients whose English may not be their first language and who are looking to have more Multi-Ethnic Counselling awareness. Membership is open to qualified or trainee counsellors/psychotherapists who have an interest in Multi-Ethnic Counselling & Psychotherapy. All contributions to the group are welcome but respect for each other is very important. ADVERTISING such as CPD adverts, blog posts, self-written articles, quotes, pictures, links to business websites or social media sites and the like are ONLY ALLOWED ON FRIDAYS. This group won’t replace supervision. However, if you want to share your experience and the way you work with a specific issue or would like to ask how people work with a specific issue you are welcome. It is a place to share theoretical material, research, book reviews related to the theme, etc. Please, DO NOT POST ANYTHING ABOUT CLIENTS - it is unethical and breaches clients’ confidentiality

 

Pink Therapy This is a closed group aimed at therapists of all genders and sexualities and theoretical orientations working with Gender and Sexual Diversity Clients. This is not a place to discuss client material or promote your private practice and be mindful that others might see posts as we can't police it too closely

 

    Person-centered groups

ADPCA - The Association for the Development of the Person Centered Approach Welcome to our ADPCA Group! This Group is an open community for the exchange of ideas, news and experiences about and related to the Person-Centered Approach (PCA). The Group welcomes all persons, including members and non-members of The Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach (ADPCA). We have three volunteers who keep an eye on the technical side of things, who are: Jo Hamilton, Sarah Solis and Tiane Corso Graziottin. The volunteers are not facilitators of the group. The responsibility to facilitate and develop the group belongs to all its members, as in a true person-centered community. We invite you to join us and become part of this self-community-directed experience!

 

Person-centered and experiential counselling and psychotherapy This group is intended to bring together those who are passionate about the Person Centred way of being, and reclaiming the Person Centred Approach as a radical approach that is often misunderstood and mis-characterised. The Person Centred approach offers a much needed counter to the narrative of pathology, diagnosis and the resultant focus on talking therapies concerned only with quantifiable symptom reduction rather than the complexity and richness of what it is to be human and to strive to live well in this world. This group is intended to allow us the opportunity to share our experiences with others that share our values of deep trust and respect for the uniqueness and autonomy of the people we work with. It can also be a space that allows us to explore our understanding of the Person Centred approach, including its developments and diversity, share articles, resources and CPD opportunities. It is hoped that the group will evolve in its own organic way as it grows and we each contribute to its development. Please share and invite with others who may be interested

 

Person Centred counselling, and Focusing This is a discussion forum for all people who are interested in Carl Rogers Person Centred Approach to life and therapy, and also Focusing, and Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) developed from PCC by Eugene Gendlin. Also mindfulness, when relevant to the above. In this group there is an expectation that we all try and offer each other a relationship characterised by the Core conditions - congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard. No personal attacks, even if you venomously disagree with someone. Perhaps you have misunderstood their post. We all have a responsibility to accept people will not agree with everything we may post. Those disagreeing have a responsibility to do so with compassion and politeness

 

        Trainee groups

Person-centered counselling trainees Membership is open to person-centred counselling trainees registered on a course within further, adult and higher education. Contact one of the admins if you have an alternative reason to join this group

 

Support resources for counselling trainees This group is for those in the counselling sector looking for resources and to share events and knowledge to develop own competences. The group was originally developed from a trainee group, as an alternative space for group members to have a place to share relevant resources and encourage each other during training. This group is set to 'closed' which means that non-group members can see you are part of the group but cannot see your posts

 

Counselling psychology and psychotherapy training For all those in training in counselling psychology and psychotherapy. Also for those looking for training and those already qualified to talk about training and research in counselling psychology and psychotherapy

 

The reflective trainee counsellor This is a group for counselling trainees, whether you be at the Introduction or Diploma level. It is a place where we can share our experiences and discuss some of the issues confronted throughout our training, as well as some of the key concepts of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. Please make yourself at home and feel free to post your own experiences or pose questions for discussion.

 

Student counsellors across UK This group is for any student trainee counsellor's across Lancashire and the rest of UK. Members of the group are expected to treat other members with respect. This will be a group where we can support each other and discuss counselling issues whilst on our journeys to becoming qualified counsellors

 

        UK and Ireland specific location-based counsellors

Counsellors and therapists in northwest England This is an open group of counsellors, counselling organisations, students and other interested parties with the aim of networking, sharing resources and providing low-cost PD and CPD. Please introduce yourself and share a little of what you offer and what you'd like to see. Starting the ball rolling, I'm a counsellor in private practice offering Person Centred Therapy and CBT to individuals and couples in and around Liverpool and wider afield using Skype. I also offer casework supervision and organise occasional PD and CPD events, workshops and other activities. If there is anything you'd like to attend a workshop on, please email me or post here and I'll see what I can do.

 

Counsellors in Essex This group has been created for QUALIFIED COUNSELLORS IN ESSEX so that we can support and share knowledge, advertise any local CPD and anything else which is counselling related. I am also keen to create a supervision peer group in the area and hope that other parts of Essex can do the same. Any suggestions are also welcomed

 

Counsellors and psychotherapists network Ireland Potential new members - This group is for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or counselling/psychotherapy students in Ireland, to network and share cpd, events and reflections

 

        Newly qualified

New private counsellors Hi, welcome everyone and thanks for joining the Group I hope it will be of help to new private practitioners and those of us, like myself, who are in the process of starting out. My hopes for the Group are that it will be supportive, informative, creative and will follow the ethos and principles of the BACP Ethical Code of Practice (and equivalent codes from other bodies). As Administrator I'll attend to the day to day running of the Group and will contibute regularly, mostly with questions I'd imagine, as my original idea was based on finding out more about how to set up practice sucessfully and appropriately for my future clients. I hope the Group will be self-regulating and I'll not be interfering too much other than to soak up all the hopefully useful information and support posted in the Group. One thing I would ask is please don't post any client information, however diluted. As a newly qualified counsellor (PG/Dip Person-centred from the University of Strathclyde) I know it's going to be tough going into private practice so soon, and again, that's partly what this Group is about. So welcome again everybody and I look forward to getting to know you all better

 

Psychotherapists and counsellors starting out – UK and Ireland Carving out a career path as a freshly qualified therapist is not exactly straightforward! So many of us get into this line of work and do extensive training because we are passionate about it but when we get towards the end of our studies and start trying to figure out our next steps it becomes quite clear that it is anything but clear. There are a million other courses to do, various accrediting bodies, rumours of changes in regulation...the list goes on. It can also be very hard to find paid work, or unpaid for that matter! So, I decided to set up this Facebook group as a place for us all to share our own experiences, ask lots of questions and hopefully figure things out as we take the next steps in our psychotherapy and counselling careers. ***This group is geared towards UK and Irish therapists-in-training or recently qualified therapists. If it grows big enough I’ll set up separate groups. For now, can you please put either UK or Ireland at the end of any questions or comments you have if it is country specific but I think combining the groups will be really useful for us all (crosses fingers)***

 

        Jobs and CPD

Counselling and psychotherapy jobs As a counsellor and psychotherapist who works in both private practice and employment, I wanted to encourage a group where anyone can advertise paid for therapy jobs worldwide and where therapy job seekers may express interest in work whether full time, part time, sessional or flexible. All postings are free! This is not a space to advertise or share clinical hours, voluntary hours or any unpaid work whatsoever. Please do not post CPD advertisements, blogs or articles, quotes, pictures or links to business websites or social media sites

 

Counsellor CPD A professional development resource for counselling and psychotherapy practitioners. The Counsellor CPD Podcast brings you interviews focused on continuing professional development for counsellors and psychotherapists

 

        School counsellors

Network of school counsellors A place where counsellors and others interested in mental health issues faced by children and young people, can share ideas and experiences and recommend resources

 

School counsellors England For school counsellors in England

        Counsellors with a cause

Counsellors together UK A group for UK-based counsellors interested in working together to end the culture and prevalence of unpaid work within our profession. In order to retain a focus on this aim, we are unable to approve posts that do not focus on our aim, this includes therapy-related posts. Such posts can be discussed in other FB groups such as: Counsellors Connect, Counselling Private Practice, Counselling & Psychotherapy etc...

 

        General counselling

Counsellors connect Hi all, thought it would be nice for Therapist (in all stages of there career) to have a place where they can share tips and met other Therapists. ONLY request to join this page if you are a Trainee or Trained Counsellor. Advertising CPD events and support networks is allowed. NO client Info is to be discussed, only our experiences or ways of working with presenting issues & latest research, theory's etc are shared. This group does not count towards supervision hours. Its purpose is to be a place for us to share knowledge and converse with like minded Therapists. Please note anyone can see this group and its members, but only members are able to see the posts. Post are to refrain from self advertising except on a FRIDAY... FREE FRIDAY= ANYTHING GOES (counselling related). This is a closed group so only members can post. A place to network with fellow therapists, share ideas about marketing & approaches, and share info about any CPD courses that are being run!

 

Counsellors UK This group is for trained counsellors and counsellors in training in the UK to share ideas, ask questions and offer support/help to others within the group. We have, as a group, decided that we would like to use the group just for this and that we won't advertise ourselves as therapists as there seems little point advertising ourselves to other therapists. However, there was a point that it is good to network with counsellors from within our own areas. Therefore, please feel free to put a post up with your area and we ask other counsellors from within that area to comment with their name and orientation. That way we can all stay in touch if we want to from county to county or town to town. If anyone has any other suggestions on how to improve the group please let me know. Thank you

 

The creative counsellors club WE INSPIRE AND CONNECT QUALIFIED & TRAINEE COUNSELLORS, COACHES & THERAPISTS to explore different ways of working creatively with clients,to increase self-awareness and self-care practice and support for growing your counselling biz! What we offer? A) A FREE CREATIVE THERAPIES SKILLS SHARE SPACE B) SUPPORT TO GROW YOUR THERAPY BIZ ONLINE via Social Media, Web design & Blogging Power C) A COMMUNITY OF LIKE MINDED, NON-JUDGEMENTAL & CREATIVE THERAPISTS. Celebrating diversity and coming together from all over the world to inspire and connect each other Group guidelines: ? ABSOLUTELY NO SHARING OF YOUR LINKS, BUSINESS PAGES, WEBSITES, PRODUCTS OR ANYTHING ELSE! WHY? This is a FREE skills-share space for all of us to connect! It is not a sales page! If we find that we are removing many of your links we will have no choice but to remove you from the group. We ask you to BRING VALUE TO THE COMMUNITY without trying to promote your own products, services and pages!

 

Counsellors and psychotherapists worldwide The purpose of this group is to promote discussions and dissemination of Counselling and Psychotherapy knowledge, and is a forum for Counsellors and Psychotherapists to promote services, private practice, tools, techniques, books, workshops, apps, conferences etc. - as long as they are therapy related. It is not a support group for people seeking therapy, so consumers in this group should not post questions about/seek advice on personal issues

 

Existential Therapy For those who are interested in the existential approach to psychotherapy

        Other potentially relevant groups

PCCS Books Post comment, questions, events and news feeds of interest to the person-centred and critical/alternative mental health communities

 

'Drop the disorder!'.... ...towards a more informed and respectful response to emotional distress. 'Drop the Disorder!' is a group for anyone who is interested in challenging traditional approaches to emotional distress. It provides a place to explore more helpful and appropriate alternatives to the language of disorder, diagnosis, medicalisation and psychotropic drugs. Members include therapeutic and support professionals, people with lived experience, academics, 'service users', mental health professionals, activists, bloggers, supporters and allies etc. Anyone who is interested is welcome! "The relevant question in psychiatry shouldn't be what's wrong with you but what happened to you?" (Jacqui Dillon / Eleanor Londgen)

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Become a trustee with BAPCA - make a difference

Dear all, 

You will have seen in your email that we invited people to join us as observers and as trustees, and this will tell you a bit more about what that might mean. Please click here for the legal side of being a trustee.

As for what it means in practical terms, this is what we are suggesting. People can either become observers with a view to doing a specific job (you might want to help with the website, or marketing, etc.) or to just be part of the general team. Either is welcome, but specific expertise is definitely welcomed! 

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New placements directory for students

Here at BAPCA we have been considering how to improve the lives of counselling trainees (we also have other things in the pipeline for members, as well as other topics that we are working on).

LJ, as a person who frequents various counselling-related places, commonly sees students asking 'where can i get a placement?', and so far, hasn't seen a directory of placements for the UK. So, as BAPCA, we decided that one of the biggest things we could do to help counseling students, would be to start a directory.

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New site design

Hello all,

We are very excited to show off our new website design. 

Nic at Netribution.org has spent many hours on our new design, which we hope has simiplified the site a bit. Our new background comes from Lynne Blundell, whose beautiful artwork, and journey has featured on our blog before.

We have simplified our new member's area (where you land when you first log in) and have added or are adding several new features, with bonuses for members

 

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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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