I became equainted with Sally (Evans) through a mutual, professional acquaintance, Phillipa Weitz. After meeting on Skype, both Sally and I realised that we shared the same passion and concerns around the field of counselling children and young people online.
As guidelines and training around counselling adults online are available, we were unable to find any guidelines or training in relation to counselling children and young people online. Yet, we both agreed that there is a strong need for both to ensure that any online counselling is carried out safely, ethically and professionally.
This is at a time where Norman Lamb has recently made the following statement:-
“Our childhood has a profound effect on our adult lives. Many mental health conditions in adulthood show their first signs in childhood and, if left untreated, can develop into conditions that need regular care.”
He then goes on to say:-
“We need to make better use of voluntary and digital services to fill the gaps in a fragmented system”
To start, Sally and I have put together a weekend workshop entitled “
“Introduction to Counselling Children & Young People Online- Challenges and Potential”
We hope this course will be a success and aim to produce further courses that look at specifics of counselling children and young people online, such as young people presenting with mental health issues online, and safeguarding online.
From this and other workshops we are planning to develop a Diploma level training in the future
Both Sally and I are both excited about this venture and need to say a big thank you to Pippa (Weitz) for the introduction.
Information about the workshop mentioned can be viewed here –
The workshop runs on Saturday 13th June (am) and Sunday 14th June (am)