Thursday, April 27, 2006

University & College Counsellors

The Association of University and College Counsellors (AUCC) Conference takes place from 20-23 June 2006, at the University of Wales, Bangor.

It is definitely at the pricier end of the market – as exemplified by the dazzling full-colour brochure

There is a good 'person-centred' input this year. Brian Thorne, Kate Hayes, Mike Worral, Colin Lago - all are either keynote speakers or presenting seminars/workshops.


Friday, April 21, 2006

Canvassing for PCA holidaymakers

BAPCA is delighted to announce its
at Green And Away in Gloucestershire


£105 per person (Early bird £90 if paid in full before end of April 2006)
Non-refundable deposit £25 per person
0-2 years free (provided no more than ten 0-2s on site)
2-12 years £65 (Early bird - £55)
13-16 years £85 (Early bird - £75)
N.B. Children are the responsibility of guardians, at all times, when on site.
Parking places per vehicle: £10

For those without their own tent, there are a limited number of G & A 'berths' in tents or yurts, at £5 per night in a tent, and £10 per person in a yurt, extra to basic price. G & A website at

NB: If you are willing to help the volunteers who run the Green & Away site as part of your experience, there are 4 free places available. Please contact Bernard (details below) as soon as possible.

Booking forms from Bernard Mooney. Via email at or by post at 47 Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5PA.

Depressing News

This week is National Depression Week (17 - 23rd April 2006) and is set to promote awareness about depression, a chronic and debilitating condition.

Depression Alliance quote that depression is widespread, affecting at least 1 in 5 of us at some point in our lives; tragically for some depression can lead to death.

It may be news to you that BACP commissioned a Depression Poll in March 2006 to Mintel and YouGov plc

Although it's not clear at this stage what sums of money exchanged hands for this quality research, the results indicate that 66 percent of British adults now experience depression. A second investigation was then carried out among a quarter of the sample group to establish if they have a condition severe enough to see their GP or a therapist.$17096230.htm


Thursday, April 20, 2006

Meetings [updated 23 January 2010]

It's been a while - much too long - since we met up. A few new 'members' got in touch in 2009 and won't know how good it used to be!

Anyway - enough of history.

I would like to offer to organise and host a meeting in Bradford City Centre - sometime in February 2010. I'd like to know:

1. Would you be interested in attending?
2. Good/bad days/dates/times?
3. Any other thoughts about meetings - frequency, format - whatever?

My personal vision is of a 3-4 hour sessions, no less frequently than bi-monthly - the first being split equally between reviewing the group/network and what we want from/can give to it, planning for the year ahead and sustainability; and time for a specific area of focus.

Since 'PCA in education settings' has been by far the most frequently mentioned topic of interest in the last year's correspondence, I'd suggest that for our first session.

If enough people attend it will undoubtedly be possible for the group to split at 'focus time' into themed and open groups, depending on levels of interest in each session's theme.

I don't want to say much more than that really. It's hard enough to get people to read and respond to the simplest of requests sometimes, so i don't want to splurge all my ideas on you in one go. Meeting up is the point of this: I hope you will share my view that it will be worth the effort.

I look forward to hearing from you.

All best wishes

Paul Colley