E-learning for counselling

E-Learning for
Professor Mick Cooper
National Advisor for Counselling for CYP IAPT
Counselling provides children,
young people and young adults
(CYPYA) with an opportunity to
explore their difficulties with a
skilled, supportive and
understanding professional; such
that they are helped to overcome
their distress, manage their
problems, and be more resilient
Plan B
(Ben Drew: rapper, director,
‘I've had counselling since
year eight. They called it
sports counselling in my
school, because otherwise
kids would say, “I ain't
mad, I ain't going to see a
therapist!” ….it was just
counselling it was great, I
loved it. It did me a world
of good.’
(The Guardian, 27th May 2012)
Provision of counselling in
• Available in approximately 70% of
secondary schools ≈ 65,000 clients/year
• 95% of universities; majority of FE
institutes provide counselling
• More mixed availability in primary sector
• Large network of community-based
counselling services: Youth Access, 200+
An evidence-based therapy
• Counselling (individual non-directive
supportive therapy) is a NICE
recommended intervention for children
and young people with mild depression
• Perceived by users and stakeholders as
an accessible, effective and nonstigmatising intervention for a range of
psychological difficulties and levels of
Our vision
The CYP-IAPT ‘kitemarked’ counsellor
The ‘CYP-IAPT kite-marked’ counsellor…
1. Provides an evidence-based intervention
2. Integrates regular outcome and process
evaluation into their practice
3. Is informed by users’ views of counselling,
adopting a highly collaborative stance
4. Is effective at detecting specific mental
health problems and referring onwards as
5. Works in integrated and coherent ways with
other mental health services
Modelling excellence
• ‘Time4Me’ primary school
• ‘Client-directed, outcomeinformed’ therapy
• Clear goals for counselling
agreed at assessment
with child and family
• Weekly use of ‘Child
Outcome Rating Scale’
and ‘Child Session Rating
Scale’ to assess progress
and personalise therapy
© Duncan Soar Photography 2011
Session-by-session outcome (CORS) and process
(SRS) monitoring tools used by Time4Me
Time4Me: Start of counselling
Clinical levels of distress
= 73.6%
Time4Me: End of counselling
Clinical levels of distress
= 9.4%
The e-portal
• Funding for E-Learning for
Counselling (E-LfC) project
provides valuable opportunity
to enhance evidence-based,
outcome-informed practice in
counselling sector
Developing the project
• CYP-IAPT Advisor for Counselling to
develop programme proposal
• Working in collaboration with BACP:
largest professional body in the field
(37,000+ members)
• Next step: extending collaboration to
key organisations and stakeholders
Sep-Mar 2013: Establish steering group,
training needs analysis, scope existing
e-Learning materials, curriculum
Mar 2013-Mar 2014: Development of eLearning sessions/ modules
Mar-Sep 2014: Promotion, launch,
implementation and independent
E-portal content will be designed
for integration into CYPYA
competency, training, CPD and
accreditation structures
• Approximately 35 half-hour sessions
• Structured within five to ten discrete
• Wide variety of formats: e.g., video clips,
diagrams, online ‘tests’ of knowledge
• Additional resources for users/parents/
schools on counselling
• Maximising levels of engagement
• Freely available through e-Learning for
Healthcare (E-LfH) site
Indicative modules
Basic/specific competences for counselling CYP
Assessment, formulation and planning
Interventions for specific disorders
Outcome monitoring and evaluation
Counselling contexts for CYP:
• primary schools
• secondary schools
• community/voluntary sector
• independent sector
6. Supervision
7. Counselling with young adults
E-learning as adjunct to
face-to-face learning
• Accessibility to national and
international expertise
• Cost effective
• Flexibility of use
• Personalised learning pathways
• Capacity to monitor own progress
• Password-protected, confidential
learning materials
The development of the
CYP-IAPT counselling eportal will give us the
opportunity to address a
number of important
issues for the field…
• What kind of assessment
/diagnostic /detection skills –
and tools – should CYPYA
counsellors have?
• What care pathways should
CYPYA counsellors integrate
• How can communications and
relationships between counselling
services and specialist CAMHS, at a local
level, be optimised?
• What tools/measures should counsellors
be using to integrate regular outcome
and process monitoring into their
• How might outcome data be used in
• How can we achieve more comparable
evaluation procedures between
counselling and wider CAMHS services?
• When should counsellors be
referring on to specialist CAMHS,
and how can counsellors be
trained to do this?
• When should specialist CAMHS be
referring on to counselling, and
how can specialist CAMHS workers
be trained to do this?
• Are there particular evidence-based
methods or interventions, beyond
standard counselling practices, that
CYPYA counsellors might be trained to
• Development of E-Learning for Counselling
programme – and associated developments
– provides unique opportunity to enhance
the experience and outcomes for children,
young people, and young adults
participating in counselling
• And can help to develop care pathways
across services that are more streamlined,
accessible, and user-friendly
Thank you
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