Trevor Smith MSc. MBACP, FDAP
I have worked as a counsellor since 1995 in a variety of roles with my early work involving younger people and later work concentrating on Addictions Counselling. I have experience of working with people who are troubled by drug or alcohol use as well as offering help and support to their family members. My therapeutic model is eclectic, with the main theoretical approach being Person-Centred
, coupled with elements of Solution-Focussed
work, Motivational Interviewing
, Transactional Analysis
work. I am experienced in working with young people as well as older people, and with individuals and couples. My aim is to help clients to understand themselves in a better way, with a view to helping them find the solutions to their problems and difficulties and therefore find a New Direction in their lives. As a member of both BACP and FDAP I work to the BACP ethical framework
and also the FDAP code of practice
- 2015 - Membership of FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals)
- 2010 - MSc in Counselling; Bristol University.
- 2004 - Membership of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- 2003 - Diploma in Addictions Counselling; University of Kent.
- 2000 - City and Guilds 7307 adult teaching certificate, Swindon College.
- 1995 - Certificate in counselling through Westminster College, Oxford.
Experience : -
As well as being a counsellor I am an experienced Counselling Supervisor and Tutor, and have taught on a variety of counselling courses ranging from a Level 2 certificate course with Wiltshire College
to a degree course validated by The University of Bath (BSc in Addictions Counselling
). I have also taught as a visiting lecturer at Newman University
in Birmingham (Degree in Counselling and Psychology) and also taught a Level 3 Diploma with BCPC in Bath
. Prior to those posts I worked as a drugs counsellor at The Amber Foundation
in Marlborough and at Druglink in Swindon. I spent 20 years serving in Wiltshire Fire Brigade, the latter years working as an educationalist around fire safety in the home, and I also spent 8 years as a volunteer counsellor at Connections Youth Counselling Agency in Swindon (Now known as 'On Trak'
). In January 2010 I was awarded an MSc in Counselling Supervision from Bristol University, and I am currently engaged on a Doctorate course (Doctor of Health and Social Care Practice
) at the University of Derby, where Supervision within the field of Addictions Counselling is my thesis topic.
Between February 2014 and June 2015 I worked as a counsellor at a special needs school in Frome, Somerset, where the pupils all feature on the Autism Spectrum
. This appointment has added another specialism to my counselling work and widened my counselling approach accordingly.
I am also a published author, having contributed a chapter on The Major Talking Therapies when working with addictions in Aaron Pycroft's book The Key Concepts in Substance Misuse
, published by Sage.
Glenys Armstrong Registered Social Worker SW37545
I qualified as a Social Worker in 1985 and worked as a medical social worker for Wiltshire County Council before becoming Assistant Social Care Manager for the Swindon Community Team in 1992. In 1995 I took the post of Women and Families worker at Druglink Drug Treatment Centre, and became the manager there 4 years later. Whilst at Druglink, I worked on the development of a number of new services including substitute prescribing for pregnant women and young people, outreach for young people exploited through prostitution, arrest referral, and a day programme.
A commissioning post as Drug and Alcohol Action Team Co-ordinator took me into a more strategic role in 2002, developing and delivering the National Drug Treatment Strategy at a local level, but 3 years later I returned to the voluntary and community sector as Wiltshire Area Director for Victim Support
. In 2009, I moved to mediationplus
(formerly Family Mediation - North Wiltshire) to develop, deliver and evaluate a pilot project for the Department for Education, providing services through a consortium of organisations called "CLASSP" - Co-ordinating Local Agencies for Separating and Separated Parents, becoming the Mediation Manager for a year once the pilot project ended. After 18 months at Community First delivering the Transforming Local Infrastructure Project
, I am now the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for the Anglican Diocese of Bath and Wells, part-time.
- BA(Hons) Social Policy and Administration
- Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
- CCETSW PQ1 Practice Teaching Award
- Certificate in Management
- Diploma in Herbalism
- NQF City and Guilds L3 PTLLS
- OCN L3 Mediation Skills
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Accredited "Working Together" trainer for Somerset Safeguarding Children Board.
- At least 30 hours per year of professional development to keep my social work registration fully maintained including training on child and adult safeguarding, equalities, health and safety, domestic violence, train the trainer, HR Management, counselling and listening skills, parenting skills.
Throughout my career I have developed a particular expertise in addressing some of the issues that can cause difficulties for local charities, social enterprises, small teams and businesses. I have skills in problem solving - trouble shooting issues such as HR management; team development; writing contracts, business and finance plans; fundraising; and in designing and delivering a range of bespoke or standard training packages - from one hour introductions to Equalities Law to full day progammes of Understanding Child and Adult Safeguarding. My aim is to help you take your business in a more helpful New Direction.