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In September 2023, we launched a Schools Counsellor Network.  Being a school counsellor or therapist is rewarding, but it's also challenging and at times even lonely. We want to build a community of counsellors and therapists working in schools; one where we can explore the  joys and challenges, discuss strategies and interventions and consider therapeutic work outside the counselling room, such as parent support and group work.

Our series of online events are designed to bring practitioners together to share best practice and overcome the sense of professional isolation that might come from being the only counsellor in an organisation.

Our next event will be held on Thursday 14th March 2024 from 630-800pm.  On the evening we will be welcoming Dr Imogen Harries and Sarah London who will give us their insight into Supervision and Animal Assisted Therapy, respectively.  


Animal Assisted Therapy in Schools

Sarah holds BACP Supervisor Senior Accreditation and has 21 years experience in counselling and training, working with her therapy dog Stanley for 9 years, and now 10 month old apprentice Peggy. Sarah ha

s worked in senior schools in Kent for 18 years as well as a variety of other settings and private practice with adults and adolescents. She works both indoors and outside, sometimes alone and often assisted by Stanley and Peggy as co-therapists.Sarah will be sharing her experience of working with Stanley in senior schools for the last 9 years and balancing everyone's varying needs as well as some alternative ways to work if you have a therapy dog who doesn't like to sit still and be stroked.

IMG_2621Best practice for Supervision for School Counsellors.

Imogen first started working as a school counsellor in 2007 and currently works as a family therapist within the NHS. She has experience as a therapist in a variety of contexts, as well as being a supervisor and trainer. She completed her PhD research looking at what experienced practitioners describe as best practice in supervising secondary school-based counselling in 2023 from the University of South Wales where she also lectured.Imogen will be presenting her findings from her PhD entitled ‘A good fit. What secondary school – based counsellors require from supervision. A situational analysis of experienced practitioners’ descriptions of best practice’. This will be of interest to supervisors and school-based counsellors alike.

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Meet our Network Lead

Dr Marilyn McGowan has been a school counsellor and supervisor for the last thirty years.  She is a strong advocate of counselling in schools and improved pay and conditions for all counsellors.

She has an extensive portfolio in counselling training and her commitment to counselling children and young people has also led herMarilyn to develop CPD courses at national and international levels, within statutory and voluntary sectors, for fellow professionals involved in supporting vulnerable young people and their families. She is a member of BACP’s Expert Reference Group – Children and Young People Counselling.

Qualifications: Professional Doctorate, MA (Hons.), PG Dip C.G, Adv.Cert. Learning Studies, Reg. MBACP (Accred.)

Role(s): Centre Manager for Poole as well as a lecturer on the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Diploma in Supervision


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“My experience with the Iron Mill has been a significantly positive journey to date."
Joanne Blenny, Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Graduate

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