Places can be booked for the SAPCC Annual Conference and AGM to be held on Saturday 27 October 2018
at Letham St Mark’s Church, Rannoch Road, Letham, Perth, PH1 2HH
from 10.00am until 3pm.

This year’s

Margaret Allan Lecture,

‘Pastoral Care and Counselling in the Local Context –
Creating and Sustaining Teams’

will be delivered by keynote speaker, Sheila Rae
who is a member of the successful bereavement support team at St Michael’s Church, Linlithgow and who volunteers for
Clearwater Counselling Services also in Linlithgow.

Lunch and a short AGM (AGM attendance optional) will be followed by a talk on self-care for pastoral carers, listeners and counsellors by David Irvine an experienced counsellor and also a counselling supervisor.

For more biographical information on both our speakers
please see below.

To book a place please contact:

Suzie Stark (Secretary, SAPCC) at sstark1962@btinternet.com

The cost of the event (lunch provided) is £15 payable on the day.

Directions and further details will be sent out once booking is received, there is no booking form, please simply contact Suzie Stark as above.

Please note that we are also looking for people to join the Council and play a part in supporting the work of the SAPCC.

Sheila Rae – Margaret Allan Lecturer 2018

  • I retired in 2009 from 42 years in the NHS and my career was in nursing. For the last 20 years of my working life, I was a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care in West Lothian.  This is where I learnt to draw alongside the dying and the bereaved and where I learnt my counselling and teaching skills.
  • Running alongside this experience, and for the past 27 years, I have counselled in a voluntary capacity for a Christian counselling agency called Quiet Waters. I lead the bereavement support team there, sit on the board of trustees and also run Active Listening, Comforting the Bereaved and Group Dynamic courses.
  • I am an elder within St Michael's Parish Church in Linlithgow and lead the bereavement support team there, where we offer post funeral visiting, one-to-one sessions and fortnightly bereavement support groups. 

 David Irvine – Care of Self (Afternoon Session)

  • I have had a long career working in various Management Services and Human Resources service provision within Local Government. In most of these roles I was involved in helping, getting alongside and supporting people through life issues that were often difficult and walking with them through these times.
  • 12 yrs ago, while still working, I gained a diploma in counselling. The training followed an integrative approach that also trained us to work with spirituality and this enabled me to work with issues from the beginning of life to the end.
  • I have also trained more recently as a counselling supervisor, and in both these roles I am supported while supporting others by a supervisor who will check out with me amongst other things that I am adequately looking after myself.
  • I believe that great emphasis should be placed on caring for our self while we are attempting to care for others – an area that needs to be reinforced for anyone spending time seeking to help others – and currently facilitate a support group for colleagues in the counselling service where I work.
  • I am increasingly aware of the importance of taking care of yourself whenever you are supporting another person, and particularly in pastoral care – recognising the need to be actively aware of the importance of proactively addressing your own needs and sensitivities in addition to those of the person, colleagues or members of the pastoral team.

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