I support and encourage the professional and ethical provision of online counselling and psychotherapy via my roles as Course Director and tutor on the General Certificate course and tutor on the Diploma in Digital Supervision course with the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Having attended safeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone) and ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills) courses myself a few years ago, I trained as a safeTALK trainer myself so that I could do more to support the suicide prevention cause.
I deliver safeTALK courses in-house for various organisations, and others which are open to the public, many of which are on behalf of Grassroots which is a small Brighton based charity with a simple but powerful goal: that no one should have to contemplate suicide alone and elsewhere.
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My other local involvement has included undertaking the role of volunteer counsellor at St Barnabas House (our local hospice in Worthing) for 6½ years. During this time I worked with various clients (1:1 and in groups). These included people who were bereaved, and others who were facing the prospect of their own death or bereavement because a friend or family member had been given a terminal diagnosis and who also might also have been struggling with a new role as carer for someone whose health was deteriorating.
And I have volunteered since 2007 at our local charity focusing on the homeless: Turning Tides (previously Worthing Churches Homeless Projects), preparing and serving meals.