In this issue


It’s a man thing
Colin Murphy suggests strategies to help male students realise their potential whilst learning

Say what you mean, mean what you say
Working with students with Asperger syndrome requires specialist skills, says Maxine Aston

Enabling the capability within
Rachel Shepley explains why mental health mentoring is such an important role

Animal magic
Lindsay Crago and Jenny Leeder outline the stress-reducing effects of an innovative pilot project


Counselling Jamaica's millennial generation

Want to know more about procrastination? Not right now


FE special interest group

HUCS report
Discussing how to promote university counselling services and the need to lobby for adequate mental health provision for students

Notes from the chair

Cover of University and College Counselling, February 2014

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From the editor

As I sit here blinking in the weak winter sun, any notion of resolutions has long since dissolved… but there is still a feeling of ‘newness’ in the air. This is my first issue as editor of the University & College Counselling journal and whilst this is something of a transitional edition, there is a thread of ‘doing things differently’ running through its pages. Whether this is thinking about the particular counselling needs of male students or the specific skill-set required to work with clients with Asperger syndrome. To be curious about new ways of working is a trait that goes with being a good counsellor.

Change can bring about different feelings – fear and resistance or a sense of opportunity for growth. It is my hope that the journal will be a place where you can find inspiration for ways to develop your practice, as well as support in your role as counsellors in higher and further education. I will be putting out lots of requests for contributions on JISCmail. Please respond! If you feel you, or your establishment, are doing something interesting, then let me know. We can then share it amongst the counselling services community. (In the first instance, just an informal paragraph outlining the idea can be emailed to me at the address below.)

I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with you!

Toni Rodgers