School-based counselling operating toolkit
This Toolkit is a joint publication between the Welsh Assembly Government and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Its primary purpose was to provide a resource to build upon the National Strategy for School Based Counselling in Wales and includes standards, guidance and exemplar materials for counsellors and counselling services in Wales to enable counselling providers and schools deliver services that are safe, accessible and of a high standard.
However, we believe that its content can inform practice across the UK and beyond and as such want to make it accessible to many. The Toolkit documentation is available to download in English and Welsh. There is also an exceptional DVD "Masks and Mirrors" (again bi-lingual) which tells the (fictional) stories of 4 young people and their experience of school counselling. We recommend this to you as a training tool, an awareness raising resource, and as a vehicle to inform about the use and benefits of school counselling.
To download the PDF or watch the video please go to the School Toolkit
CYP will be the central organisation for enabling children and young people to have access to counselling as their rightful entitlement. We will create a climate where CYP will be recognised as the authoritative body on counselling for children and young people.
Our objectives are to
- Take a leading role in the development of counselling for children and young people.
- Support individuals and organisations in the development of quality counselling services for children and young people.
- Act as an expert consultative group for counselling with children and young people.
- Be the "voice" of counselling for children and young people.
- Offer professional support to member of CYP.
- Promote psychotherapist working with children and young people.
- To increase political awareness around the need for counselling children and young people.
- Promote and access research into counselling with children and young people.
Executive Committee Members
A warm welcome to all visitors our our website. Please see details of CYP executive members below.
CYP Executive Members
Cathy Bell - Chair
Cathy is a passionate advocate for children and young for young people and is a well known and respected pioneer in the field of school counselling in Northern Ireland . She began her career in schools counselling by setting up, developing and implementing schools counselling across all the educational sectors throughout Northern Ireland. She promoted inter-disciplinary partnerships between counsellors and schools which allowed for the foundation of a regional pilot scheme which became the model for a Department of Education funded service. Subsequent to this she was employed by The Southern Education and Library Board as th Advisor in Pupil Emotional Health and Wellbeing. She was seconded to the department of Education in October 2006 to become Regional Coordinator for the Independent Counselling Service for Schools (ICSS). Cathy has completed her specialist training in counselling children and young people at Masters level and her research interests include models of working with primary school children and the efficacy of school counselling as a method of support for emotional health and well being. Cathy is also a trained social worker and has expereince across a variety of statutory and voluntary services for children.
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Edith Bell - Executive Member
Edith is a practising counsellor and is Director of Counselling for Familyworks - an organisation delivering specialist counselling to children, young people and adults in Northern Ireland, She leads a team of counsellors who also deliver counselling services to children and young people in schools. She has worked as a counsellor since the 1990's and was a member of the team that piloted school counselling for the NSPCC in Northern Ireland. She is a respected trainer and is a member of the Northern Ireland Training Consortium and Co-founder of Summit Training which is dedicated to delivering excellent CPD for counsellors. She also sits on the BACP Expert Reference Group as a practitioner member looking at counselling competences. Her research interests are around anxious children and attachment and she is also committed to encouraging the self care of her team and other practitioners.
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Wendy Brown - Executive Member
Wendy is an accredited member and a qualified adult, child and adolescent counsellor and supervisor. Alongside establishing and running a school counselling service, she practices within a variety of settings. Part of her focus is with the 'looked after child' where she offers training and consultation to social work and foster carers enabling the child's behaviours to be understood and facilitating attachment. Wendy values her CYP membership and views the work of the executive as building a community - coming together for a common good - where our workplaces strive to incubate the human spirit in our young people.
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Sue Pattison - Executive Member
Sue is Director of the Integrated PhD in Education and Communication at Newcastle University and a BACP Accredited Counsellor. She teaches and researches counselling internationally, with a special interest in children and young people and is a founder member of the Counselling in Schools Research Consortium and an executive member of the Counselling Children and Young People division of BACP. Sue is in practice as a counsellor, supervisor and trainer.
Maggie Robson - Executive Member
Maggie is a Senior Lecturer at Keele University and is Director of the Counselling Psychology Programme. She is a qualified and experienced Counselling Psychologist and Play Therapist and jointly ran a play therapy service for bereaved children. She also has experience of training play therapists in the UK, US and Kenya and has also trained Play Therapy Supervisors.
Claire Harrison-Breed - Executive Member
Claire has worked with children, young people and families for the past twenty-five years, in a range of social care, health and education settings. As a registered Counsellor, Gestalt Child Psychotherapist and Adult Psychotherapist, Play Therapist and Social worker. Claire specialises in working with trauma, dissociation and attachment issues. Prior to becoming a private practitioner, she worked as a therapist for a range of organizations including NSPCC, Northamptonshire County Council and Children Fund Research projects Alongside private practice, Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy for the University of Northampton teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and continuing to develop research in the counseling field.