Annual Conference 2011

"Annual Conference 2011"

‘Making sense in uncertain times; facing difficulties both creatively and professionally’

Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, 22-24 June 2011

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC executive committee – Chris Holt

I have great pleasure in inviting you to the 2011 AUCC conference entitled "Making sense in uncertain times: facing difficulties both creatively and professionally"

The AUCC conference sub-committee when organising this year’s event have recognised that many members are feeling under pressure and concerned in these uncertain times and have prepared an excellent programme which will acknowledge the climate in which we work.

The conference provides members with the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, meet colleagues, exchange ideas and both offer and receive support from others working in further and higher education. It gives us a chance to take time away from the daily grind and, hopefully, recharge our batteries. It is informative, useful but also fun; so whether you come for just one day or for both I hope you will join us and I look forward to your company.

Chris Holt

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC Conference Committee – Charlotte Snoxall

‘Making sense in uncertain times’ reflects the difficult climate we are currently working in and where we felt the focus should be. This year’s conference will be opened by keynote speaker Julian Lousada from The Tavistock who will stimulate us into thinking about facing up to some of the challenges of this changing environment.  He will draw upon his own thinking and experience of working with young people, especially within HE settings and the wider organizational context.

In order to maximize acessibiltiy in the current financial climate we have organized this year’s program to be over two days, with one or two nights stay as optional.  There will be a wide range of workshops to cater for a diversity of needs and theoretical backgrounds. For example, you may wish to consider teams and organizations under stress; self-care or creative ways of adapting your current ways of working.

We have chosen the conference centre at Yarnfield, Stone which is set within 80 acres of beautiful grounds in the Staffordshire countryside with very comfortable accommodation and facilities. The decision for a change from staying within our own sector this year was opted for in response to regular feedback over the past few years from our delegates.

We hope that you will enjoy the event this year, and as ever look forward to welcoming you to our exciting program, which will also allow us time to mingle and network, enjoy each others company as well as share our thoughts and ideas.

Charlotte Snoxall

March 2008 Issue

"March 2008 Issue"

Taking the CALM approach. How can counsellors engage with students in a meaningful conversation that will empower, sow the seeds of self-help and seek out different creative ways to harness this activity? Steve-Scott Marshall & Catriona Davis-McCabe report from the University of Teesside

From By-standing to Standing By: Peer Support in a university setting.

Peer Support can provide an important transition to professional help increasing the welfare options of students. Jane Cooper & Carol Dasgupta

Understanding the refugee experience The refugee issue is a sensitive one.

Ali Zarbafi explains the difference between refugees and migrants, and considers how counsellors in education may be able to help

Helping Students Achieve. The working environment in FE has its own sector-specific issues and practices. Gill Leach describes the personal and academic concerns FE students bring and how she helps tutors understand the issues that may hinder achievement

Annual Conference 2012

"Annual Conference 2012"

A Sustainable Future: responding to the needs of students, staff and counsellors

University of Worcester, 27-29 June 2012

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC executive committee – Chris Holt

I have great pleasure in inviting you to the 2012 AUCC conference entitled "A sustainable future: responding to the needs of students, staff and counsellors"

The AUCC conference sub-committee when organising this year’s event whilst recognising the many challenges that members in both HE and FE are facing in these uncertain times have prepared an excellent programme which will focus on how we deal with change in a positive way whilst maintaining our professionalism.

The conference provides members with the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, participate in workshops led by experienced practitioners, meet colleagues, exchange ideas and both offer and receive support from others working in further and higher education. It gives us a chance to take time away from the daily grind and, hopefully, recharge our batteries. It is informative, useful but also fun; so whether you come for just one day or for both I hope you will join us and I look forward to your company.

Chris Holt, Chair, AUCC

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC conference committee – Charlotte Snoxall

We are delighted to welcome you to this year’s AUCC conference, at the beautiful University of Worcester.

Whilst we continue to acknowledge the very real challenges that HE and FE Counselling Services continue to face, the 2012 conference aims to concentrate on what positive actions can be taken to help enhance services’s sustainability.

Within this we will be exploring the needs of students, staff and counsellors. The current environment challenges us, both as organisations and individually as therapists, on a number of issues. We will look at how these challenges can be balanced by maintaining and enhancing our professionalism, whilst at the same time recognising these changes and by developing appropriate skills to manage them more effectively.

We have a broad and exciting line-up of both keynote speakers and workshop presenters starting with Professor Renos Papadopulous, who will be presenting on Meaning-Attribution Processes in regard to working with trauma, resilience and adversity-activated development.

Our closing keynote speaker is Robin Dollery, Head of Student Services at the University of Nottingham who will be drawing on his own wealth of experience to help us look at the challenges and opportunities for counselling services within the context of the changing student experience in 2012 and beyond. 

The workshops promise to be thought-provoking, a place to exchange ideas and to learn new skills. They will be presented by extremely experienced therapists from a wide-range of theoretical backgrounds covering a variety of topics. More information on all of the workshops can be found by clicking here.  We will also be offering you numerous opportunities to raise questions, voice your concerns, network and exchange ideas.

The conference committee of 2012 very much look forward to welcoming you to the University of Worcester in June!

Charlotte Snoxall,Chair, AUCC Conference Committee

Conference and Other Events

"Conference and Other Events"

AUCC / AMOSSHE  / HUCS Conference "Student Mental Health and Wellbeing in HE: reframing models of service provision" to be held on 8 November.  More information available on the AMOSSHE website.

Chief among the activities organised by AUCC is the annual conference. This year’s AUCC conference will be held at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre between the 22 – 25 June 2011. The theme of the conference will be ‘Making sense in uncertain times; facing difficulties both creatively and professionally’ to reflect the current climate we are all working in. With Julian Lousada, from the Tavistock as the opening keynote speaker, the conference promises to be an exciting and informative couple of days. Please click here for more details.

The conference is a chance to spend from one to several days reflecting on the work we do in the company of our fellow members, many of whom we may see only on this occasion. For some of us there is an on going yearly conversation, often continued by JISCmail, but a chance to top up with the personal face-to-face which is an important aspect of relationship. The conference always provides meaty themes – speakers, workshops and seminars allow big-to-small group events, and there are usually some experiential ones where we may dip our toes (sometimes literally) into the unknown. The conference is a moveable feast, so that different areas have a chance to attend without too much inconvenience. Some of us like to see faraway places…  Our conference sub-committee, in conjunction with BACP Events Team, work very hard to provide the best possible speakers and venue – and an evening of entertainment.

See below for a sample of the last few conferences . . .

2010: Set in the beautiful grounds of Edinburgh University, this was truly a celebration of AUCC. The title of the conference ‘Back to the Future:Looking backwards, moving forward’ dictated the tone of the conference and Michael Jacobs and Elsa Bell, two of the keynote speakers, succintly delivered their view on the history of AUCC to date. Also celebrating their Ruby anniversary, Edinburgh University Counselling Service were kind enough to host a drinks reception on the opening night which was enjoyed by all who attended. The usual networking opportunites were available over the three days complete with the now legendary conference committee quiz! A ceilidh followed a splendid gala dinnerwith everyone keen to show off theirdancing skills……..A sun soaked few days in Edinbrugh was finished with a group farewell and a fitting way to look back at the conference.

2009: Held in the delightful setting of Chichester University, the theme ‘Who do you think you are?’ reflected how changes occurring in many aspects of life have led us to question who we are as individuals, as counsellors in further and higher education and as a society.   Dr Chess Denman set the tone with an enthralling  keynote presentation about how young people form their identities and subsequent presentations invited delegates to think about how our own personal and professional identities are shaped. 17 workshops covered a range of topics. Some explored identity through specific lenses, including gender, sexual orientation, eating disorders, on-line relationships and cultural perceptions. Others related to counselling service provision and the implications of new ways of working and government regulation.  As usual, there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy ourselves, with a quiz, a singing workshop, a film and the traditional gala dinner and dancing to facilitate fun and networking.

2008: Held at Liverpool Hope University, the theme of The Power and the Glory started with a rousing keynote speech by Dr Gillian Proctor about who regulation is for – she postulated it as more for us as a profession than for the clients, and asked us to look at the danger in all the debates of not helping those in most need of counselling, the least empowered clients. Ruth Caleb, Chair-Elect of AUCC, had a lively discussion with Ronnie Millar about her route to where she is now in our profession. The Vice-Chancellor also welcomed us hoping we would see the commitment to beauty in the surroundings at Liverpool Hope, and this was evident in some of the meeting places, particularly the atrium. He also invited us to get out of our counselling rooms and into interacting with all sorts of people in our institutions.

2007: Held at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, the theme was Lost in Space, recovering intimacy in education. We had the good fortune to open with Andrew Samuels giving the keynote speech, who lead us straight into deep discussion about promiscuity, solitude, aggression and hysteria as shadow aspects of student’s and our own existence but which might be ‘back passages to the experience of intimacy’ that we should not pathologise. Luckily the lecture theatre was so designed that lively discussion could take place without a microphone. This set the scene for a rich conference which was voted one of the most relaxing because the venue was so welcoming, and the theme so apposite to our work. Janet Aldridge was a warm and welcoming Chair.

2006: Held at Bangor, the theme was ‘Riding the Waves or stemming the tide? coping with the impact of the outside world’, inspired by the tsunami, and happily embraced by Chair Dave Berger as an avid sailor! The conference was opened with a solemn keynote speech by Brian Thorne about keeping what is really important in counselling in times of extreme violence and environmental threats, and how we might prepare ourselves for what our clients are facing in such times. The following day there was a fascinating keynote talk by Camilla Batmanghelidjh about her successful (but under-funded) work with children with her charity Kids Company in violent inner city areas of London, and her theories about their levels of trauma, and how they survive. The venue was rather rainy, windy and under-heated, but the content rose above it!

2005: Held at the University of Nottingham’s new Jubilee campus, which provided modern buildings, good facilities and pleasant surroundings.  The theme of the conference was All things to all people: ‘Balancing the needs of the students and the institution.’ Professor Sue Wheeler opened the conference by inviting us to consider the impact of our counselling work on ourselves in a presentation entitled ‘Healing and Surviving: the needs of the counsellor.’ Elsa Bell followed this with a presentation entitled ‘High wires, spinning plates and human pyramids: the skills of balancing while performing in public’ in which she explored how counsellors working in FE and HE balance the conflicting demands made upon them. The conference offered a wide range of workshops, a Salsa dance session which delegates joined in energetically after dinner, urged on by Colin Lago, and ended with a set by Liz Bentley called ‘Therapist by day, comedienne by night,’ reflecting her own particular balancing act.

2004: At Leicester University, the theme was Attachment, and Sir Richard Bowlby, son of the famous theorist, gave the keynote speech offering his addition to the attachment debate about the importance of fathers, after the initial bond with mother or primary carer has been established in the early months of life.

Annual Conference 2010

"Annual Conference 2010"

‘Back to the future: looking backwards, moving forward’

University of Edinburgh, 23-25 June 2010

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC executive committee – Ruth Caleb

On behalf of the Association for University and College Counselling, I am delighted to invite you to come and join us for the 2010 AUCC conference, entitled ‘Back to the Future’.  This year’s conference is particularly special as it will help us to reflect upon the significance of the AUCC’s 40th birthday.   Traditionally a 40th birthday was a time to say goodbye to youth and hello to middle age.  But in keeping with the saying ‘life begins at 40′, the AUCC Executive would love you to come to celebrate our maturity as a profession.

Do join us to examine what we can learn from the past and explore how we can prepare for an exciting future.  With so many changes around our context, and our profession, there is much uncertainty, but together at conference we will share our concerns and our responses for best practice and institutional support.  There can be no better way to fulfill your CPD requirements.

We can’t promise you a flying DeLorean time machine, but we can offer you a warm welcome, fascinating keynote speeches, workshops deeply pertinent to your context, the opportunity to network with your peers, and AUCC’s birthday celebrations, all in the beautiful setting of Edinburgh University.  I look forward to seeing you there, and to meeting friends and colleagues, both old and new!

Ruth Caleb
Chair, AUCC

Welcome from the chair of the conference committee – Charlotte Joseph

To celebrate 40 years of AUCC (in one form or another) we thought it would be pertinent to reflect on where we have come from, celebrate where we are now and consider what the future might hold for University and College counsellors and psychotherapists.

And what better place to do this than the University of Edinburgh whose Counselling Service is also celebrating 40 years.

The ever-changing face of student counselling forces us to address the climate surrounding our services, and whilst we have a lot to celebrate, as well as much to look forward to, we cannot overlook the challenges facing us.  Check the brochure for more details of our thought provoking ‘discussion group’ session where you will be able to air, share and discuss your views and discover how others are dealing with today’s changes to, or in, their services.

The workshop programme will include a mix of speakers, some from within the AUCC membership who will be sharing relevant and innovative workshops addressing current and future developments in their own services. As ever, we are pleased to have some exciting keynote speakers and offer you the opportunity to gather alongside your peers in the increasingly popular daily ‘home groups’.

We hope you will enjoy the event this year, which has been condensed slightly to reflect the economic situation.  Whether you come for one day or the whole event, it promises, with your contributions, to be a fun and stimulating time at the beautiful University of Edinburgh.

Charlotte Joseph
Chair, Conference Committee

Professional Support

"Professional Support"

AUCC Good Practice Guidelines for University and College Counselling Services working within FE and HE Institutions sets out good practice in terms of the services that should be provided, guidelines to embedding the service within the institution, ethical practice, suitability of location and accommodation, staffing issues, and evaluation suggestions. Updated by the Advisory Service in 2010, this document is available to AUCC members free from the Members Area. Paper copies of the guidelines can be bought via the BACP online bookshop or over the telephone on 01455 883300.

Client Evaluation Template – useful for devising client questionnaires – paper and electronic versions are available  and are free to AUCC members.

AUCC Categories of Client Concerns – these are the categories of presenting and emerging issues which College and Universities are advised to use when collecting data of clients for submission to the AUCC Annual Survey. Available to AUCC members free from the Members Area

AUCC Guidelines for Claiming Additional Learning Support Funding in FE  This document, available for free to AUCC members from the Members Area , explains how additional learning support funding may be claimed for FE students who access their college counselling service without breaching the client’s confidentiality.

Policies and Procedures  Universities and colleges are more and more asking for counsellors’ input for developing policies and procedures for institution-wide issues.  Many of these have been shared in jiscmail and its archives, including service evaluation, sudden death and critical incidents, mental health, and managing incidents of challenging behaviour.

BACP Information Sheets are a useful source of professional advice on a range of topics.  These have recently been published in book format and are available, also individually, from the Members Area of the BACP website.

Advisory Service If you would like to talk over an issue relating to your workplace in confidence with an experienced practitioner, contact the Advisory Service.

Annual Conference 2009

"Annual Conference 2009"

‘Who do you think you are?’

University of Chichester, 22-25 June 2009

Welcome from the chair of the AUCC executive committee – Ruth Caleb

I am delighted to invite you to the 2009 AUCC conference. The term ‘Who do you think you are?’ is a challenge to all of us involved in any way in counselling within Further and Higher Education. Huge changes are going on all around us that make us question who we are as individuals, as counsellors, as workers in the educational field, as part of a further or higher educational institution and as a society.

The AUCC conference Sub-Committee have prepared an excellent programme that not only fulfils your CPD criteria, but will also inform your counselling practice, explore contextual concerns and discuss issues of particular interest in your field.

There has never been a better point at which to address the issue of identity. In these difficult times, the ground is shifting under our feet and with impending regulation, financial constraints and the sense of societal insecurity that exists at present, we need to demonstrate best practice and provide evidence that we are vital cogs in the wheels of our colleges and universities. This conference will enable you to address your ways of working, develop ideas with experts in your chosen field of knowledge and help you to explore ways in which to expand effective counselling support for students and staff.

Please join your colleagues to refresh your counselling practice, to spark new ideas, to build new relationships and to bring innovative and workable ideas home to your institutions.

I await the conference with excitement and look forward to your company.

Warm regards

Ruth Caleb
Chair, AUCC

Welcome from the chair of the conference committee – Ronnie Millar

"Who do you think you are?" Open question or indignant challenge?

Each year the Conference Committee is tasked with organising the AUCC Annual Conference -
from its theme and venue, to the speakers and entertainment. Our goal is to provide a package that offers quality professional development, accessibility and value for money. We hope that the conference programme and package meets this goal, with the University of Chichester providing an intimate and attractive setting that will offer the space for reflection on our practice in Higher and Further Education.

We live in what the ancient proverb calls "interesting times". In focussing on issues of identity we hope that you will find much to help you explore what is certain or uncertain in our clients, within our institutions and within ourselves as counsellors and psychotherapists.

Whether you come for one day or all three days, I hope you will join us in what we hope will be an interesting, challenging and stimulating time.

Ronnie Millar
Chair, Conference Committee

May 2008 Issue

"May 2008 Issue"

Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating: underlying emotional issues. Julia Buckroyd suggests that the fundamental issue for people who misuse food is a problem of affect regulation

Challenging and Changing Eating Difficulties in a Group Setting. Penny Hayman shares her experience of tackling disordered eating in a university group setting

Why tamper with perfection? The development of a workshop on perfectionism. Mel Wright explores what can be done when the process of education gives way to the supremacy of the goal

Email Security for Counsellors. Stephen Allsop explains how sending an email is the equivalent of an unsealed letter – and what can be done about it

Peer Mentoring: a positive role in Further Education? Kim Parish shares her experience of this powerful resource

Creating a New Culture: Group Work past, present and future Penelope Aspinall

Gap Year for Counsellors? Peter Eldrid describes his experiences in Brazil

Annual Conference 2008

"Annual Conference 2008"

Please note the change to the advertised programme.

Jill Collins workshop will run only on Wednesday afternoon, not on Thursday morning as advertised. Anne Ford’s workshop will run twice, once on Wednesday afternoon and once on Thursday morning.

If you would like to book for Anne Ford’s workshop on Thursday morning please use the space on the brochure provided for Jill Collins’ workshop.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the events team on 01455 883321

Many thanks

December 2007 Issue

"December 2007 Issue"

Stepped Care: The Cardiff Model. John Cowley explores a radical new approach aimed at turning around the perennial problem of waiting lists

Perspectives on Mental Health in Colleges. Kate Birch shares her research into students’ changing mental health needs

Changing Rooms and Changing Lives. Gill Leach reflects on changes as a lone counsellor in an FE college since 1993

“It may just have saved my Life!”. Denise Meyer reviews some of the feedback on the new-look Students Against Depression website

Where the wild winds blow. Diana Bass considers the amplification of the transitional conflict between adolescence and adulthood in a particular group of students

A Pull out guide to online counselling and psychotherapy in universities and colleges. Jane Evans

Working with Trauma: EMDR in Higher Education. Alice Cook & Colin Brazier describe a project that used EMDR as a treatment intervention

Record keeping and the Law. Peter Jenkins & Stephen Potter report on the impact of the Data protection Act 1998