About the course

Why run a Diabetes Counselling Course?

In today’s NHS there is increasing focus on encouraging people with long term conditions to self-manage their condition. NICE guidance for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes emphasises the need for health professionals to take a collaborative, person-centred approach, but many professionals do not have the skills and confidence to support people to make their own decisions. Our three-day residential course helps professionals working in diabetes to develop skills and apply a philosophy which encourages people 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. We devote time in the programme to thinking how we can utilise these new skills in the reality of our own working environment.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for health care professionals from range of disciplines, working with people who have long term conditions. Past participants have included diabetes specialist nurses working in secondary, community and primary care; consultants in diabetes care in adult and paediatric diabetes; general practitioners with an interest in diabetes; doctors in specialist training; dietitians; podiatrists; psychologists. The course is approved by the Royal College of Physicians for 18 CPD credits.

How does the course work?

The course is run by a team of 6 facilitators who develop and deliver the programme. Faculty members guide large and small group discussions. We use video real play in small groups with three participants and one facilitator.  Each participant takes their turn in the roles of client, counsellor and observer.  The client brings a real issue, something that concerns them about a situation at home or at work, which they feel comfortable discussing in a small group. The counsellor explores the situation and works with the client to identify what they would like to do about it. The real play is followed by a review session, controlled by the counsellor, 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 person-centred philosophy

* Communication skills which can be applied in everyday practice

* How the skills and philosophy might influence your professional work

* How to create a personal action plan for using these skills in your own workplace

Who runs the Diabetes Counselling Course?

The course is run by a committed group of health care professionals, all working in diabetes

The following take part in every course and are actively involved in its development:

Alan Archer, humanistic person-centred psychotherapist and retired diabetes consultant

Florence Findlay White, National Care Advisor, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

Charles Fox, consultant physician, Northampton

Anne Kilvert, consultant physician, Northampton

Heather Daly, independent nurse specialist  and retired diabetes consultant nurse

Yvonne Doherty, clinical psychologist, York

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 in the contact section of this website

After booking you will receive the full programme and the course handbook