Vision UK statement on the development of a cross sector accreditation scheme for counselling for people affected by sight loss.

5 April 2018
Source: Vision UK

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This statement is an update on progress on the development of a cross sector accreditation scheme for counsellors in private practice, as well as supporting local societies to develop counselling services at a local level.

The need for counselling support for people who are affected by sight loss grows significantly every year. Demand continues to outstrip capacity. Quite often clients/customers are willing to pay for counselling but look to us as sectors leaders to be able to recommend someone with sight loss experience, rather than just present to a generic counsellor, with whom they feel they need to ‘train’ before can get their needs met. As beacons of good practice we believe this is a function we can fulfil by offering training to counsellors in private practice, running a cross sector accreditation scheme as well as supporting local societies to develop counselling services at a local level. Whilst in these financially challenging times and increasing capacity can be challenging, across the sector we do have significant expertise which we can turn into accreditation criteria, to enable a quality assurance on behalf on blind and partially people.

Last year the working group of the Vision UK Counselling and Emotional Support Services Committee developed a questionnaire to ask counsellors in private practice and local societies questions to inform training. With the results from this we have been in discussion with Dr Mhairi Thurston at Abertay University discussing the formation of a project plan to develop the accreditation scheme.

The project now involves developing a two day course with pilots, an evaluation process and criteria and process for accreditation. Further development of the criteria and process for accreditation renewal and the possibilities of online course leading to accreditation vs a face-to-face delivery.

Further information will be available soon.

 

For further details please contact:

Amanda Amanda.Hawkins@rnib.org.uk

or

Matt Matt.Broom@Visionuk.org.uk

 

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