A CARMARTHENSHIRE therapist has launched her first book to offer extensive help to those counselling children and young people.
Lorraine Sherman from Hebron near Whitland has written her first book, called Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Young People, which she launched at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus where she lecturers in counselling.
With 30 years of experience as a humanistic psychologist, supervisor, therapist and relationship counsellor, Lorraine never expected to become an author: “I never thought writing a book would be part of my life,” she said. “I knew I had the information in me but putting it down on paper and in book format is something completely new to me.”
The book, which took three years to complete, has already received five-star reviews on Amazon and describes the book as a ‘comprehensive essential text for any counsellor or psychotherapist working with children and young people’.
Mrs Sherman is the clinical supervisor of all secondary school-based counsellors across Carmarthenshire as well other counties including Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot. She also teaches accredited BACP courses at Coleg Sir Gâr and Trinity Saint David, some of which she has written herself.
Her book covers important aspects of counselling including confidentiality and disclosure, legal issues and how to relate to younger people. It also includes a chapter on how to use play to help children express themselves, which was developed with two other counsellors. It also covers counselling techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and person centred and humanistic approaches.
Explaining that counselling young people is different to counselling adults, Mrs Sherman said: “There’s a whole chapter on legal frameworks regarding counselling children, who don’t fully understand their own actions as adults might. I’ve worked in this area since I was 16 when I started as a playleader and a youth worker but issues in counselling do change with society so we have to adapt to dealing with issues such as online bullying and we also work closely with other professionals including child protection officers, teachers and social workers.”
At the launch, the author acknowledged the work of the late Peter Clarke, whose work as the first Children’s Commissioner for Wales paved the way for a universal counselling service in Wales, entitling children and young people aged 11-18 to access a counsellor in all secondary schools.
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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