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Two Facebook groups to consider for DCoP members- please join our online community

Dear all, 
For your information and comments/ potential issues that you think might exist. Since the discussions at strategy meeting, where we talked about raising the profile of CoP to include and involve those contemplating a career in psychology, I've been speaking to Jill (Mytton) who has been an admin of the secret Facebook group (secret= people can’t find it on Facebook unless someone within the group adds them to the group). Our thoughts were to have two groups on Facebook: 

1. Secret group for In training Members and Qualified Members 
The method of joining this group has been changed slightly. As before current members can join colleagues who are either qualified or in-training counselling psychologists to this group and following approval by an admin, they will then be able to see and join in with our discussions. Alternately people can email on [email protected] to ask to join. This inbox will be manned by Jill Mytton and myself. The reason we have this email account is for logistical purpose to do with Facebook privacy settings for a secret group. 
As before a voucher system will be used to verify those wanting to join are in-training or qualified counselling psychologists. 

2. Closed group for those contemplating a career in Psychology
We kept it a closed group (ie. they need approval to join the group), with joining criteria to maintain the integrity and professionalism of the group. Joining criteria are they have to be bps student members or graduate with GBC registration. 
We will ask for membership details and which will be randomly audited now and then. 
This is the link:
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If you have Facebook please join this group. 
Dr Masrita Ishaq (Communications Lead)

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City University, University of East London, Glasgow Caledonian University, London Metropolitan University, University of Manchester, Metanoia Institute (London), New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling (London), Regent's University London, University of Roehampton,
University of Surrey, University of Teesside, University of the West of England, University of Wolverhampton.

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Help for trainees in Scotland

Some of our Scotland based members are able to assist trainees living in Scotland. They can help out through one - or more - of these roles:

  • Co-ordinator of Training
  • Placement Supervisor
  • Personal Therapist
  • Research Supervisor

Please see our directory for further details.

Other members offer Counselling Psychology services, such as general counselling, professional counselling and supervision.

Details of these can be found on the Directory of Chartered Psychologists and the List of Chartered Members.

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The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) - which is funded by the Society - also offers a number of bursaries.

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