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Time seems of the essence

As Easter is behind us and the summer(??)beckons it can seem that time is something we don't have enough of at ICT.
Students see in the not too distant future, their courses ending (or at least one year ending) which can only mean one thing - course work completed, portfolios organised, presentations prepared.........and a sense that it can feel 'too much' -
So as not to take up too much time asking you to read lots on the Blog I will pose a question (which is as much to myself as to students) - what would it be like to have just the time you need, enough time?
This is a question I often ask myself when feeling rushed and stressed with lots of  assessing to do etc - this question often grounds me and allows me to have a sense that all will be well - I have enough time......
I hope it works for you if you are feeling pressured by course work and life in general...

Another successful workshop

We hosted our first workshop of this academic year yesterday; 'Working with body process' run by Allison Priestman.Allison is an experienced Body Psychotherapist and trainer in Body Psychotherapy from Stroud in Gloucs.
Participants came from as far as Birmingham and Kent and some who were closer to home but with different levels of experience which helped to make the group in Allison's words 'a lovely group'.
Our aim is to provide good quality CPD events thoughout the year at a reasonable cost In Bedford, so ensuring that local counsellors can access these events without having to head into London and because of the excellent travel links Bedford has with the rest of the UK enabling counsellors to reach us easily.
We always try to host these days in a venue that is warm comfortable and with ample parking.
Our next event is with Colin Lago on Friday 7th June,Transcultural Counselling which is an experiential day. This is followed by a day with Maria Smith on Friday 13th September 'Understanding and working with sexual abuse'. Saturday 30th November sees Professor Julia Buckroyd running a day entitled 'Working with clients with disordered eating' with an emphasis throughout the day on experiential work.
Why not let us know what workshops/events you would like to see running and ICT will do all we can to source a good facilitator and run it - though likely to be 2014 now!
Look forward to hearing from you


The summer has been quite a busy time at ICT as we felt the kitchen needed revamping, students needed access to the internet whilst at ICT on occasion, and our website would benefit from a spring clean (why not take a look).
Not only did we address these practical concerns we also took the time to review our programme of courses, which prompted us to wonder what students look for when they embark on a course in counselling and what takes them beyond that first course. 
ICT put out a call for students of counselling asking if any would be interested in forming a focus group to discuss some questions about their journey in counselling training - 6 students kindly offered their time; Sarah, Sara, Cathy, Eve, Kirsty and Harminder. Five students were able to meet with me on a warm Friday afternoon in August and were very open and honest about their experiences.
Initial reflections following the group suggest that overall the reasons for starting a counselling course was an 'interest in people'. Some of the group had experience of counselling personally ,which enabled them to make a clearer choice between psychology, philosophy and counselling whilst others had to do some research to be able to make their decision.
Some students wanted to improve their listening skills because of the work they do antd yet others wanted to improve their family relationships. All the group felt they gained enormously even from their first course. It would seem that the 'bug' , the counselling training bug, bit them all as they hadn't wanted to end there. What happened then you may ask? Well a later blog will be devoted to this question in more depth as there is much to reveal.
However the rain on the window pane lets me know summer has ended and Autumn has arrived which for some reflects their more melancholic mood but for me personally it has an exciting quality. Autumn sees a change of season with few expectations, after all we don't expect Autumn to be filled with warm days and light evenings (so no disappointment).
It's also a time when we at ICT begin to welcome new students and greet again those who are returning either to a new course at a different level or their final year in training - with many expectations - of the course and of themselves. We know counselling training is a challenge and so we attempt to ensure that ICT has taken stock of what we do and how we do it and rested well to meet the challenge of supporting our students on this journey.

Summer time and it's all about endings...

Thanks to Clive, Cathy and Jackie for your comments about your counselling training journey so is great to be part of your journey

There is also some great news that is tinged with sadness; some of our students are preparing to 'fly solo' as they complete their Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in the next few weeks. Flying solo as a counsellor is a time of great excitement and also great anxiety - can I make it on my own? Do I have the support around me to ensure I can support my clients - will I have any clients? And yet at the same time the excitement of having travelled so far and knowing 'we've made it'!!! (yes you have...)

This group of students joined ICT when ICT was just opening its doors in Bedford for the first time and so It has been a real privilege for me to work with them as they have given their all to the course and embraced wholeheartedly the challenges that counselling training brings - I wish them all the very best for the future.


Counselling Network

The last meeting of the Humanistic Counsellors Network was great with more than 20 counsellors attending. Lorna did a short presentation about BPD which was well received and there was time for networking and discussions.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 29th September with Chris Wise leading on Authentic Body Movement - something that a number of staff at ICT are particularly interested in.
It was agreed that the presentation would begin at 7pm rather than 6 so as those who struggle with getting to the meeting for 6 won't miss out. This leaves plenty of time for networking.
CPD certificates for the last meeting will be ready for collection on the 29th September.
Do tell your friends and colleagues as we had some inquiries after the last meeting so it's clear there is a real need and desire for a group like this in Bedfordshire. The meeting is held at CAN in Grove Place and we would like to thank Zara for her continuing generosity in letting us use CAN's large training room for our meetings.

Calling Supervisors in Bedfordshire

We hear from our students that it is proving difficult to find supervision in and around Bedford. Although many agencies and organisations offer supervision to their volunteer counsellors sometimes this doesn't fully meet the requirements of the course.
If you are or know of someone who is an experienced counsellor and supervisor and would like to go on our database of counsellors and supervisors that we recommend to students we would like to hear from you.
You can email us at or send your details to ICT Bedford 12 St Cuthberts Street, Bedford MK40 3JB.
Looking forward to hearing from you

New Beginnings

Welcome to our first blog...
This is where you will hear about all the happenings at ICT as well as thoughts from the centre about our courses.Find out what we are teaching, what we are reading and what we think of the latest developments regarding regulation of counselling.
Hear too about our plans for the future.
Please do comment on our blog whether you are a student at ICT or elsewhere or a tutor, all comments welcome.
This week sees the beginning of our level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and our Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and with our Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Cousnelling and Introduction to Counselling Adolescents already underway  it is feeling like the thriving learning community we hoped for when we began less than a year ago.