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    Practitioner / Student Forum Tuesday 26th February at 2pm

    The next meeting of our practitioner and student forum will be held on Tuesday 26th February, meeting in Hall A, Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus West at 2pm. The forum this time will consist of a series of workshops - see below. If you wish to attend please either send an email via the link on the bottom right of this page, or email with your preferred choices of workshop.



    Barry Wilkinson

    North Tyneside Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager

    Young People and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

    This workshop will examine how this popular award is marketed to young people, particularly with regard to the D of E’s mission to significantly increase participation from disadvantaged groups of young people.


    Bella Hewes


    Engaging Reluctant Clients in Schools

    School students may be "sent" for counselling by friends, teachers, parents or social workers and this can result in their reluctance to engage. My workshop will look at creative ways to help these students attend the opening sessions and begin to develop a rapport with the counsellor.


    Graeme Armstrong

    Counsellor, Relate

    Counselling in GP Surgeries provides the practitioner with opportunities for growth in their practice, integrating into a team based approach, and the challenges of working with a large range of issues that clients bring. These might include

    • depression
    • anxiety
    • loss
    • relationships
    • redundancy

    In this workshop we will be looking at how you might develop, using Time Limited Therapy, an approach to suit a busy GP surgery.


    Anna Butcher:  Northumbria University Careers Adviser

     Planning for the future: life beyond the Guidance and Counselling part route.’- An introduction to some of the roles open to those wanting to use guidance and counselling skills in their career; what’s available and how do you find out more.

    Peter Beven

    Teaching Fellow

    Solution Focused Approaches

    This workshop will be a practical look at some of the interviewing tactics that come from a using solution focused perspective in supporting change.



    Amanda Morgan: Inclusion Support Worker

    Delivering Advice and Guidance in Schools:

    I will be giving a brief outline of the different advice and guidance strategies I use in my role as an inclusion support worker. This includes work with children, young people and school staff.
    Topics will include:
    -rating activities
    -narrative principles
    -target setting

    John Gibson

    Lead Personal Adviser

    North Tyneside Council

    Youth and Connexions Service



    Barclays Money Skills

    ‘Barclays Money Skills is a national peer education programme (developed by NYA, Rathbone, CAB and others) that helps young people to develop and improve their financial skills, knowledge and confidence. The programme tackles topics such as opening a bank account, budgeting, saving and spending, and gives practical guidance on what to do if something goes wrong’.