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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.

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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

Email: marilyn.mcgowan@ironmill.co.uk

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"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Iron Mill - there is a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which makes for a very positive learning environment. My tutor was excellent and the course content was both challenging and enjoyable. I have gained invaluable new skills and made lasting friendships."
Frances Carpenter, Certificate in Counselling Graduate

Why Iron Mill College?

Iron Mill College offers accredited courses, academic standards, experiential learning, experienced lecturers with student focused training and classes.

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