In this issue
Dr Maggie Turp gives a taste of her BACP Universities & Colleges conference keynote
BACP Universities & Colleges Conference 2014
The full programme outlined
Developing fully rounded individuals
Professor Robert Thompson argues for a developmental model of higher education
Recruiting an associate
What is the value in ‘working for free’? Enrica Balestra, Jane Darougar, Andy Rogers and Kathryn Taktak share their views.
Call of duty
Peter Jenkins outlines the difference between the ethical and legal issues related to ‘duty of care’
Not beyond the realms of possibility
Jonathan Hales on invoking hope for positive change in clients
BACP Universities & Colleges annual survey
The 2012/2013 results
Margaret Landale on what has shaped her and more
A day in the life of…
FE campus counsellor and team manager Gill Richards
From the chair
FE special interest group
From the editor
Welcome to the pre-conference edition of the U&CC journal. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Being Present – exploring practice and process in our counselling services’ and there is an opportunity for readers to get a flavour for the two days… well, right now. In this issue, keynote speaker Dr Maggie Turp has written a beautiful feature exploring the theme of the ‘here and now’, or more specifically, ‘the then, the now and the yet to be’. Fellow keynote speaker Margaret Landale has also completed the U&CC Q&A and reveals a playful, thoughtful spirit. In these pages we outline the many workshops available in Exeter too.
On the theme of time… and now… it is perhaps relevant to consider the thoughts shared this month by US Professor Robert Thompson. He argues for a change to a ‘developmental model’ of higher education and states that universities and colleges have a societal duty to develop the full potential of their students (‘empathy as well as reasoning, values as well as knowledge’). College counselling and wellbeing services play an important role in this.
Finally, this edition of the journal gives space to its readers’ voices and presents an article outlining views from the profession on providing professional time ‘for free’ – and what this really means. The contributions are both considered and passionate and make for a stimulating read.
I would very much value receiving any readers’ thoughts provoked by features in this issue, with a view to them being published in a Letters page in the September edition – just send me an email at the address below. I also look forward to meeting those of you who will be attending the BACP UC Conference in June. It will be a great opportunity to exchange thoughts regarding ideas and special themes for future editions of the journal.