About the May issue
As we peek out of our lockdown burrows, there’s a sense of energy and enthusiasm emerging. While we are all tired of the restrictions and limitations, we knew this was a potentially short(ish)-term cost for a long-term gain.
COVID-19 forced us to change how we worked and what we could reasonably offer. The creative adaptations forced upon many services will have generated some new and better ways of working, or at least different ways. Other restrictions will ease to free us from some of the constraints.
This issue covers an insightful reflection on counselling Chinese students and the impact of context and culture, as well as an article that looks at the service-delivery limitations concerning students living outside the UK. A university staff counselling service shares its experience of the initial lockdown and we follow with another service that has embraced single-session therapy.
I hope you enjoy this issue.
Rick Hughes, Editor
University and College Counselling
Reflections on student counselling in China
Open article: Patti Wallace, supported by Chungpin Huang, reflects on the influence of culture and context that can determine engagement with counselling services by students at a university in China. University and College Counselling, May 2021
University counselling across borders
As more services went virtual during the pandemic, questions arose about how to offer support to students living outside the UK. Géraldine Dufour examines the limitations and opportunities. University and College Counselling, May 2021
Notes from the Chair: A transformative journey
"...there are casualties and hidden costs, which, at a human and interpersonal level, will present to us in the therapeutic work we undertake." Regular column from Mark Fudge. University and College Counselling, May 2021
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Where are we going, and why? A reflection on the digitalisation of counselling in HE
Open article: Services moved online in response to lockdowns. Sarah Hinds explores the losses for clients and counsellors. University and College Counselling, March 2021
Single-session formulation: An alternative to the waiting list
Open article: As services buckle under exponential rises in demand for therapy, Peter Jenkins outlines a model of short-term intervention designed to alleviate pressures on our systems of work. University and College Counselling, November 2020
Oaks from acorns: the early days of a student counselling pioneer
Open article: As we celebrate 50 years of the Association for Student Counselling (ASC), Rita Mintz and Mark Fudge pay tribute to the impact of early trailblazers, and in particular to Audrey Newsome, who laid the foundations for our work today. University and College Counselling, September 2020