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 and Modular Diploma courses 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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I also volunteer with a couple of local organisations:
- As a counsellor at St Barnabas House (our local hospice in Worthing) where I work with various clients (1:1 and in groups). These include people who are bereaved, and others who are facing the prospect of their own death or bereavement because a friend or family member has been given a terminal diagnosis and who also might also be struggling with a new role as carer for someone whose health is deteriorating.
- As a peer mentor for clients who need additional help to access the support and services they need and also preparing and serving meals at Worthing Churches Homeless Projects.