Ethics Conference 2017

Saturday 28th October 2017

Since opening as Acorns in Bridgwater nearly 25 years ago, New Dawn has undergone many changes and continues to grow and diversify. We'd like to invite you to help celebrate our 25th Anniversary by attending our Ethics conference on Saturday 28th October this year.
Kathy Raffles will be our first speaker and will present "The Heart of the Matter". This session is for Practitioners (at all developmental levels) who are interested in understanding and exploring ethical dilemmas and in making the most of their supervision. The session aims to:

  • Be an interactive/participative session that will enable participants to consider ethical dilemmas experienced (by the presenter) and their own anonymous examples in relation to their practice.
  • Be underpinned by an integrative/flexible approach in order to meet the needs of practitioners working from a variety of theoretical orientations.
  • Explore making the most of our supervision and provide an opportunity to consider our ‘blind spots, deaf spots and dumb spots’ in order to enrich our professional practice.
  • Offer a focus to help participants identify areas of their practice needing attention in order to safeguard their clients, develop their ethical understanding and support their well-being through being in a balanced, nurtured and professional supervisory relationship.

Kathy is an experienced supervisor, trainer and was a governor for the BACP for six years.

Adrian Riley. the manager of Addaction, will be drawing on his many years in this field to explore the potential difficulties faced in feeling empathy for clients who may have acted in ways that do not reconcile with the counsellor's moral code.
Barbara Mitchels will present "The only way is Ethics" in the afternoon. Having published several  books on ethical and legal practice both with Tim Bond and as an established author in her own right, she brings passion and insight to her work. "The only way is Ethics" presentation will cover recent legal and practice developments in some of the major issues in managing counselling and psychotherapy work. The course includes report writing, record keeping, confidentiality and client privacy in relation to information sharing between professionals and the courts, duty of care, legal and ethical  responsibilities, and much more. The workshop offers a mixture of discussion, case studies and practical exercises, and  participants are welcome to bring anonymous examples from their existing practice for  discussion.
Price: The cost for the day is £75, which includes refreshments and a superb buffet lunch provided by Laycock catering.
We will also be holding a raffle, prizes to include signed books by Barbara Mitchels and Gary Macfarlane, a professional development session with Kathy Raffles and much more!
To book: Please email Claire at