What is Knuston Hall?
A well established educational centre run by a dedicated and accommodating staff. Set in rural Northamptonshire and surrounded by gentle park land, which offers the opportunity for energetic or gentle exercise. Knuston is famed for the quality of its home cooking and the building has the character associated with an 18th century stately home. A number of varied adult education courses take place in the Centre – thatching a specialty and some may overlap with our Course.
Because our course has been based at Knuston Hall for over 20 years, it has become known in the diabetes world as the Knuston Hall counselling course. In 2006 we were horrified to discover that the County Council wanted to close down the centre in order to save money and you can see the letter we wrote in support of Knuston Hall (link to defence doc). To our relief it was reprieved and has gone on to flourish.
Where is Knuston Hall?
Why run a Diabetes Counselling Course?
The Diabetes Counselling and Empowerment Course is a three day residential course. It was set up 25 years ago to help professionals working in diabetes develop skills and apply a philosophy which encourages patients to take control of their own condition. Participants learn a range of communication skills with the focus on working with people with diabetes and other long term conditions.
In 2007, we enhanced the course to incorporate empowerment training into the programme. We devote time in the programme to thinking how we can utilise these new skills in the reality of our own working environment.
How does the course work?
The course is run by a team of facilitators who are responsible for developments in delivery of the programme. Faculty members guide large and small group discussions. We use video real play in small groups with participants taking the roles of Client, Counsellor and Observer. The Counsellor takes control of the feedback session, which is structured to provide insights into the interaction with the Client. This process encourages learning and discussion in a secure, unthreatening environment. On the last day of the course, trained actors play client roles and this gives each participant the opportunity to practice their skills in a more realistic setting. You will receive a detailed programme after booking up for the course.
What will I learn if I come to the Course?
*The philosophy of person centred collaborative care and its
–context in diabetes care
* The principles and models underlying the philosophy
* Communication skills which can be applied in everyday practice
* How the skills and philosophy might impact on their professional work
* Develop a personal action plan for using these skills in their own workplace
Who runs the Diabetes Counselling Course?
The Course has been run by a committed group of health care professionals
for many years. The following take part in every course and are actively involved
in its development:
Alan Archer, consultant physician, Nottingham
Florence Findlay White, National Care Advisor, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland
Charles Fox, consultant physician, Northampton
Chris Gillespie, clinical psychologist, Derby
Anne Kilvert, consultant physician, Northampton
Other people have helped us with planning and development of the project:
Bob Anderson, dept of Medical Education, University of Michigan
Sue Cradock, consultant nurse in diabetes, Portsmouth
Heather Daly, consultant nurse, Leicester
Simon Heller, professor of diabetes, Sheffield
Sue Roberts, formerly national clinical director for diabetes
* The Skilled Helper. Gerard Egan 7th (or previous) edition.Wadsworth.
* The Art of Empowerment. Bob Anderson, Martha Funnell 2nd edition. ADA.
— ISBN 1-58040-235-6
* Counselling for Toads. Robert de Board. Routledge.
— ISBN 0415-17429-5.
A fun account of the counselling process – a quick read which tunes you in.
Cost of the Course
The total cost including board and lodging is £750.
We may be able to offer a bursary to applicants who are having difficulty obtaining funding. Please enquire.
How do I apply for the Course?
Please register your interest by email to info@DiabetesCounselling.co.uk
After booking you will receive the full programme and the course booklet