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Dec 2016 by PCI College

A look back, a look ahead, and seasons greetings from PCI College.

A message from Pat Kitterick, PCI College director.

Dear readers,


As 2016 draws to an end, it is a good time to reflect on the past year here in PCI College and to look to the future. But firstly, thank you for tuning in!


As with any organisation, we have become adept at managing change over the years and 2016 was no different. It has been about adapting to the environment in which we operate, refining and expanding our contribution to the education of the future profession, maintaining our connection to our graduates and others through continuing professional development and responding to the profession’s current and future needs.


With 25 years of service to the field of mental health and wellbeing, largely through our education and training programmes in counselling and psychotherapy, we took the opportunity in this significant year to begin a review of our mission, vision and values as the leading provider in this field.


It is the mission of PCI College to make transformative contributions to individuals and society as the leading mental health and wellbeing educational establishment, contributing significantly towards excellence in contemporary academic knowledge and ethical practice within the helping professions.


The College’s vision is centred on its commitment to high quality provision of inspiring, memorable, positive, professional and potentially life-changing learning experiences through programmes designed to be participative and experiential and draw upon the prior lived experience of the learner.


We aim to offer optimum experiences and opportunities in inclusive provision so that every student will feel warmly welcomed, cared for, respected and supported, with particular focus on the needs of the adult learner and mature student. We are privileged to have an academic team of the highest quality and commitment in a setting where learning and development accepts and values openness, honesty, difference, freedom of expression and the sharing of experience. These are among the values we want to use when judging how well we serve our students and the wider profession.


For the College, 2016 was notable for a number of reasons. The developing role of Rose Bedford as new Academic Director was a significant boost to our teaching programme. In June we ran the latest in our series of successful national conferences, this year’s theme being ‘Working with Sexual Issues in Therapy: Opening Minds and Developing Skills’, with an exciting international line-up of guest speakers including, Dr. Stephanie Buehler from the USA, Eoin Stephens, PCI College lecturer and former College President and Dr. Olga Cox Cameron from Ireland and Dr. Jo Woodiwiss from the UK. The new academic year 2016-17 saw the first presentation of our recently established MSc. Programme in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills validated by Middlesex University. Finally, we were proud to submit our contribution to Minister Simon Harris’ consultation process on the regulation of the profession – we consider this to be the most important development in the coming years and we hope our commitment to, and passion for the future of counselling and psychotherapy is reflected in our submission.


And so to the future! The success of our new MSc programme has emboldened us to develop further Masters level programmes in both Family Therapeutic Skills and Addiction Counselling, making 2017 a potentially even more exciting year!


We take this opportunity to wish all our readers – staff, students, alumni, co-professionals in the field and the wider community – a very happy and peaceful Christmas and good health and prosperity in 2017!

from Pat kitterick and everyone at PCI College.

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