Thursday, October 20, 2005


Albert Ellis Needs Your Support
Albert Ellis, 92 was removed from the Board of the Non-Profit Albert Ellis Institute which he founded. He has also been barred from his regular Friday night psychotherapy sessions which he has conducted for over 30 years. Albert has said that he does not hate those who removed him from the Institute, nor is he angry about it. ``I think it`s unfair, but they have the right as falliable, screwed-up humans to be unfair, that`s the human condition,`` he said. A campaign is now underway to re-instate Dr Albert Ellis as President of the Albert Ellis Institute for REBT in New York City:
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Pregnancy Counselling `Anti-choice`
AUSTRALIA`S consumer watchdog has been asked to investigate whether some pregnancy counselling services are providing deceptive information about abortions, in breach of the Trade Practices Act. Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle said she had written to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Graeme Samuel asking him to look into her concerns about pregnancy services. ``I have provided the ACCC with promotional material from some pregnancy counselling services that claim to offer neutral counselling and referral to all pregnancy-related services,`` she said. ``These counselling services are run by anti-choice organisations that refuse to refer women for a pregnancy termination regardless of her wishes``.

Ambitious Strategy to Improve Health and Wellbeing
Two government departments and the Health and Safety Executive joined forces yesterday in a ground-breaking partnership committed to going further than ever before to improve the health and wellbeing of working age people. David Blunkett and Patricia Hewitt launched the first stage of an ambitious strategy placing real responsibility not just in the hands of Government, but also with employers, individuals, the healthcare profession and stakeholders. The strategy, Health, Work and Wellbeing - Caring for our Future, pulls together all the different strands of work going on in this area within government.

Helping with change, through `The Change`
Newindress India, an awareness class conducted as part of the World Menopause Day at the Malabar Hospital and Urology Cenrtre here stressed the importance of counselling to overcome the problems women face during the \'The change\'.

Teenager Treatment for Addiction to Txt Messaging and Emailing
The 19-year-old, who was sending 700 texts a week, resigned from his job after he was found to have sent 8,000 e-mails in a month. He was referred to a counselling service by the public-sector union Unison after spending 4,500 a year on text messages. The youth, from Paisley, near Glasgow, said there was `something comforting` about receiving a text message. He said: `When you look at your mobile and you`ve got a message you wonder who it could be. I like it. It`s like a game of ping-pong, as you send one and get one back.`

Counsellors at the Renfrewshire Council on Alcohol Trust said they had ``never seen anything like it`` in 25 years of treating a wide range of addictions.

Source: The Counselling Newsletter

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