Speakers included members of Edinburgh City Council, who spoke of their hopes and attempts to reduce the problem of unintentional homelessness by 2012.
Dr Kate Anthony, who trains fellow colleagues to transfer their face-to-face skills to an online environment through the Online Therapy Institute, commended the use of social networking for therapists. However, she was quick to point out that she advocates caution and close attention should be brought to their Ethical Framework for the use of Social Media for Mental Health Practitioners.
Counsellors from the Make It Happen scheme in Craigmillar also attended to speak about how they helped to reduce youth re-offending in their area by 74 per cent.
Chair of the conference, Glenn Liddall from Simpson House, said, “It is a nervous time for the voluntary sector with funding cuts and charities need to be creative and innovative not just to survive, but to take things forward. At Simpson House we do not just want to make people’s lives a little bit better, we want to transform them. The conference brought some of the city’s best counselling organisations together and everyone went away with plenty to think about as we make our services fit for purpose in the current financial climate.”
Original article from the Edinburgh Evening News.