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28 Apr
Counselling for non-counsellors - advanced POSTPONED
28 Apr 2020 - 28 Apr 2020

Counselling for non-counsellors - advanced


Date: April 28, 2020

Audience: Boarding staff, Head of Boarding, Deputy Head, Medical staff




Why should you attend?

This seminar will enhance counselling skills, taking them to the next level. Here delegates will learn how to work with more challenging pupils, deeper, more entrenched issues which trouble young people and prevent them from reaching their true academic and social potential.


  1. To broaden basic counselling skills
  2. To enable boarding staff to offer meaningful help to those troubled
  3. To increase delegates’ confidence in working with challenging issues
  4. To offer proven strategies to support overwhelmed young people.



  • Counselling basics, a refresher
  • Death, loss, suicide ideation – a gentle approach to working with students who have become bereaved. Helping those with suicide ideation, what to say and do
  • Critical incidence counselling – how to listen and an introduction to EFT
  • Listening to disclosures of abuse – how to listen and how to end counselling sessions.


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Young people frequently come to boarding with deep issues brought about my complex or chaotic families. Because the boarding house becomes their home and boarding staff become their family, boarding professionals can often become frustrated with the limited additional resources quickly available to support these students. This seminar will help boarding staff help young people in a meaningful manner.

Outcomes and resources:

An increase in confidence in delegates’ abilities to handle more effectively very difficult issues concerning young people.

A pdf of all training material used and electronic copies of all handouts will be sent to all delegates.



Speaker: Jackie Cox

Jackie has trained teachers and teaching professionals on many issues surrounding young people for the past 30 years. She has a degree in Psychology and a diploma in counselling and is a very experienced counsellor, teacher and counselling supervisor working in schools and on an independent basis. Her casework, which covers more than 30 years, covers a wide variety of conditions concerning relationship, either with self or others. In 2005, she set up Jackie Cox Educational Training, where she is the sole trainer (  Jackie has had articles published on Self Harm and Mental Health issues in magazines and national newspapers.

Jackie works for Lighthouse Professional training and the BSA for their Professional Development Certificate and their Professional Practice Certificate as well as The Girls Day School Trust. Jackie worked as a Samaritan for many years where she undertook prison visits. Later she co-ordinated Harrow Victim Support Scheme and was the first counsellor to be trained specifically to deal with cases of rape. Jackie worked at Harrow School for more than 18 years, teaching PSHE and acting as a counsellor to the boys. In September 2007, she was appointed as the school counsellor for St Paul’s Girl’s school in Hammersmith, working mainly with the Senior girls, In September 2010, she was appointed as counsellor and trainer at St Helen’s School in Northwood.  Jackie works almost exclusively with older teens and with those who teach and support them.


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