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New emphasis on clinical mindfulness

Clinical mindfulness, back to basics

Stuart has been involved in mindfulness since his teens. Beginning with transcendental meditation and self hypnosis, he then studied Taoist meditation and yoga alongside Japanese and Chinese martial arts.

For Stuart, mindfulness is a natural way of life, and in recent years he has studied formally a range of additional courses and CPD certificates to refresh areas of competence.

Stuart has completed clinical mindfulness training for groups, CBT and mindfulness for depression and practical meditation training, as well as certification courses in additional theory. His clinical training has been with NHS and private practice clinicians at courses here in Scotland.

Stuart has run training courses at levels 4 and 5 in mindfulness and uses both active and passive mindfulness in clinical practice in Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow. Methods include MBSR, MBCT, teaching mindfulness and hypnosis based mindfulness.

Key words
Mindfulness, MBSR, MBCT, Teaching mindfulness, meditation, mindfulness for depression, mindfulness for stress, mindfulness for anxiety, psychotherapy, counselling, hypnotherapy, psychoanalysis, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Scotland

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Environmental issues CPD

CPD training in environmental issues relating to practice

Stuart has now (July 2017) received confirmation of successfully passing a level 1 Open University module in the social sciences on environmental impact and social impact of environmental choices.

The module included carbon footprint issues for the business and personally, as well as the interface between personal / business choices and political ideology.

We are dedicated to low carbon footprint policies and recycling and will continue to examine these in our clinical practice.

Key words
Social science, ideology, environment, psychotherapy, psychology, business, green, environmental policy, recycling, sustainability, CPD.

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Mindfulness CPD

More mindfulness training for CPD

As part of our commitment to CPD training, we both carry out far more than the required continuous professional development levels each year.

Stuart has just completed a CPD short diploma in Mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy (August 2017), just to stay up to date with the area. He has already trained extensively in psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, training and meditation based mindfulness.

Key words

Mindfulness, meditation, CBT, cognitive behavioural therapy, ongoing training, CPD, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, counselling, meditation, MBCT, MBSR, mindfulness training.

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Ongoing Continuous Professional Development

Ongoing professional development and improvement

Stuart is dedicated to ongoing professional development and improvement. As part of his professional registrations he is required to complete around 20 hours a year of CPD training. Stuart however regularly completes far more than this.

For example this year (2017) so far:

By June 2017 over 14 hours face to face CPD, over 100 hours university learning (Open University), Over 10 hours nutrition CPD learning, over 20 hours mindfulness refresher CPD learning.

Short courses in MBCT, Buddhism, Shamanism, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Hyge and meditation have all been completed.

Later in the year a complete post qualification Compassion based therapy course is booked and another 100 plus university hours expected.

This is a fairly typical year, and should demonstrate the level of service improvement Stuart expects from himself.

Key words

Ongoing professional development, continuous professional development, service improvement, CPD, OPD, additional training, post qualification training, standards and qualification.

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Information on the Government imposing therapy and unpaid work

UK people are being forced into unpaid work and therapy

The Workfare scheme in the UK forces people with mental health issues into unpaid work and motivational therapy in order to make them work, fit or not.

Forced therapy

Therapy disguised as confidence or motivation training, personal skills etc tries to force people into being “fixed” in order to work. Failure to cooperate means benefits being cut / sanctioned. Now known as “psycho-compulsion”

Forced unpaid work

Working unpaid is apparently “magic cure” to make people motivated and well! Working without pay, normal work rights etc!

What is mental health

Mental health is a concept and not a fixed biomedical term. It is hard to evaluate and can not be fairly tested in the same way a s a physical injury.

The individual and the society

We live IN society. We are not 100% responsible for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. These are often partly due to environment, experience and society. Yet neo-liberal thinking treats people as responsible entirely for their mental wellbeing.

 

Please take time to watch this video to learn more

 

Key Words

Critical psychotherapy, critical psychology, politics, self and society, welfare state, workfare, mental health and employment, counsellors, counselling, psychotherapy for work, sanctioned benefits, neo-liberal politics. politics and psychology

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New voluntary regulator gathering support

New voluntary regulator gathering support and now launched

The field of complementary and psychological therapies has been complicated in terms of regulation for some time. The Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, of which the author is a member, helped to block statutory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy with a judicial review. This was primarily because the proposed regulation was not fit for purpose and was based on false assumptions. There simply is no evidence of mass abuse or danger to clients, and most professional bodies already took appropriate action. Also statutory regulation would not prevent continued practice under a different job title.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council was set up with Government support and funding and became the voluntary regulator of choice for complementary therapies, including confusingly hypnotherapy, which is of course a psychological therapy (psychotherapy).

Next the Government set up the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register scheme, essentially letting any professional body with the quality (and large amounts of money) to gain accreditation from the PSA, who incidentally also oversee statutory regulators. It should be noted that PSA AR status can only be given to existing registers, so any new organisation can not gain accreditation immediately, it has to set up first, gain members and have a “register” and then apply for accreditation.

Various professional bodies now have PSA AR status, including the CNHC voluntary regulator.

New organisation on the block

The Register of Health Care Practitioners (ROHCP) is a new voluntary regulator set up by actual therapists, and seeking to have a more profession driven approach than the CNHC which is sometimes seen as rather bureaucratic and imposed on the profession.  The ROHCP covers essentially all complementary and psychological therapies, and does have the long term goal of PSA AR status once the finance and numbers are there.

it should be interesting to see if the ROHCP can provide a true alternative and competition to the CNHC, and how this will play out.

Stuart’s involvement

I support any organisation hoping to improve the standards of the profession in an appropriate way.  I have been a volunteer promoting the CNHC and I am registered already with them and the FHT (also a PSA AR). I am published on the topic of regulation and am known to be a critic of dividing types of psychotherapy up into different types and having registers for each. I am also in the process of assisting another professional body (hopefully) gain AR status.

In the long run I think it would be healthy for some specialist PSA AR accredited bodies to exist, and also however some integrated umbrella organisations to be voluntary regulators too, preferably with AR status, and I would welcome it if ROCHP was such a body.

Key words
Regulation, standards, professional standards, industry, PSA AR, Professional standards authority, voluntary regulator, voluntary regulation, complementary therapy, psychological therapy, counselling and psychotherapy, statutory regulation, client safety, patient safety, psychotherapy, counselling, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, life coaching

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Ongoing Mindfulness and philosophy service expansion

Development of existing service continues….

Both Stuart and his colleague and Scotlandtherapy partner Denise are dedicated to ongoing learning and development, and therefore complete additional university based and practical Ongoing Professional Development training each and every year. This is all on top of existing professional qualification training.

Mindfulness and Philosophy

Stuart in particular has completed additional trainings this year in MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy), CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) for depression and additional training in general mindfulness. He is booked to attend additional specialist training in the use of philosophical models in psychotherapy later in the year, which should nicely complement his nearly completed BA (Hons) in Psychology and philosophy of the mind. This is on pause at the moment since the last university model will not become available until late 2017.

Additional University based learning

Both Stuart and Denise has multiple university awards. Stuart has two University Certificates of Education (Undergraduate) from Lampeter and Edinburgh Universities, Bachelor degrees from City of Birmingham University and the Open University, and a Masters Degree from the Open University. He is about to begin a new degree alongside completing a Psychology and Philosophy of the Mind degree, this time in International Relations, specialising in the effect of ecology and politics on people, with specific regard to mental health issues and disability issues. This ties in with his work writing a regular political column for Self and Society professional journal and other publications and articles.

Denise has completed an undergraduate certificate of Education from Edinburgh University and two bachelor degrees from the Open University. She is about to embark on a third degree, focusing on Business, in particular human resources.

Keywords
Business studies, psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mindfulness, MBCT, CBT, politics, human resources, mental health, disability issues, social studies, social policy, social environment, depression, anxiety, bipolar, environmental psychology, Edinburgh, Falkirk, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, counsellor, psychoanalyst

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Political Diary in Self and Society

Political Diary

From this current issue I will be writing a political diary in Self and Society, a professional Journal for a major professional body.

The diary covers the events of the day, focused around the effects politics have on the psychology professions and our clients.

Accessing the diary

Self and Society is a Routledge published journal via their Taylor and Francis section and if you have academic access via your university then you should be able to log in.

Direct link: HERE

Key words
Psychology, politics, psychology profession, psychotherapy, psychotherapy clients, politics in the UK, UK Politics, social science, philosophy, counselling professions, regulation and standards in psychotherapy, humanistic psychology

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Group therapy

Group therapy and mindfulness in Edinburgh

Group therapy on Saturdays in Edinburgh at the South Side Centre will provide support for persons with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, stress and anger.

A combination of CBT, CBASP, Coaching and mental health support methods like WRAP and Mental Health First Aid processes will identify problems and responses, while mindfulness, meditation, visualisation and hypnotherapy processes will be taught to reduce stress and enable relaxation.

The group will be led by Denise, with support and cover from Stuart

Key words
Mindfulness group, group therapy, group self hypnosis, group coaching, stress management group, anger management group, stress and anger therapy Edinburgh

 

Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers

Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers

 

The PSA has launched a report on the new Accredited Registers that list professional healthcare personnel not subject to Statutory regulation. Accredited Registers are professional registers that meet the stringent PSA standards for professional practice. They include registers for complementary therapists and holistic therapists such as the CNHC, NHS (hypnotherapy society) and FHT, and registers for counsellors and psychotherapists including the BACP, COSCA and UKCP.

Real standards, real contribution to health

The report discusses the real standards required to be registered on an AR, standards that protect the public and ensure quality has been checked.

The report also concludes that the AR registers must play a vital role in the provision of integrated healthcare in the UK

Accredited registers in our psychoanalytic practice

 

Both of our practitioners, Denise and Stuart are registered on both the CNHC and FHT Accredited Registers under the hypnotherapy category. The CNHC representatives on the 13th March 2015 at the meeting in Edinburgh confirmed they recognised that counselling and analysis were vital job functions for hypnotherapists and delegates commented that hypnotherapists virtually always provided these additional therapies.

Stuart and Denise are registered with the Society of Stress Managers, a professional body representing Analysis, Stress counselling and Hypnotherapy, and the National Association of Counsellors Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, both of which are CNHC accreditation routes. Although they use the titles of Analyst and Hypnotherapist, naturally psychotherapy and counselling are within their job functions, and as such they are registered and insured for these as well. Notably both therapists have received specific training in counselling, psychotherapy (including CBT), life coaching and psychology.

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Key words
Professional standards authority, professional therapists, psychotherapy, counselling, hypnotherapy, psychoanalysis, analysis, CBT, cognitive behavioural analysis, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Stirling, life coaching, regulation