Book now for June 2019’s FREE Vision UK Counselling Accreditation Course

8 May 2019
Source: RNIB

Places are now available in Scotland for the two-day Counselling Accreditation Scheme course for qualified counsellors in order to increase the capacity for counselling within the sight loss community.

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  • Date: 6 – 7 June 2019
  • Time: 09:30 – 16:30
  • Venue: RNIB, 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA
  • Fee: Free

Please complete the application form below and return to Maria Bulgakova at The first 12 applications which fulfil the course criteria will receive a place.

Course background

The course aims to supplement the counselling services that already exist in organisations such as RNIB and The Macular Society that offer free confidential counselling to people affected by sight loss. These services are offered on the phone and online, but this scheme allows for counsellors in the client’s own locality to offer a face to face service which upholds the high quality and accessible service that people with sight loss say is effective for them to adapt emotionally to their condition.

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The course is targeted at qualified counsellors and aims to upskill them in the particular practical and emotional issues that surround sight loss.

The course is co-written by Amanda Hawkins (Specialist Lead for Counselling and Emotional support, RNIB) and Dr Mhairi Thurston (Senior Lecturer in Counselling and researcher – Abertay University), and brings together the experience of many 1000’s of hours of direct client work, and research conducted the emotional impact of sight loss.

Amanda Hawkins said “We were delighted to pilot this scheme and it will go a long way to meet the need for counselling for blind and partially sighted people in a way that works for them. Currently organisations like RNIB offer a 4 nations service to people affected by sight loss. At present we only offer a service to 19% of the 79% of people who require and request counselling. This scheme helps us redress this issue, and also allows us to refer people who require a longer service into a longer term specialist service, as well as offering the choice of a face-to-face service.”

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Dr Mhairi Thurston said “This course has been 10 years in the research and planning. We were delighted to recruit so readily to the inaugural course, which shows a demand for this knowledge and this service.”

Because the course was so well received, Vision UK are now planning on running further courses around the UK. Look out for future dates.


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