Change is a counselling charity that provides free counselling to individuals aged 14+ who are registered with a Birmingham GP. We ask for voluntary donations for anyone not matching these criteria.
Our therapy is brief and can average between 2-6 sessions to avoid dependency and to encourage client empowerment.
We also train counsellors, professional health workers, social workers and teachers in Solution Focused Practice.
Our courses consist of 3 levels of learning:
Foundation level - 2-day course approved by the BPS
Certificate level 3 - 4 units covering theories, the underpinning philosophy of SF, the differences between the SF approach and other approaches, working with young people and ethical issues and guidelines.
Diploma level 5 - 5 units that aim to provide a thorough background in theory into practice. Change Birmingham Brief Therapy will provide placement support and opportunities to learners.
Training, qualifications & experience
All counsellors and trainers are trained through our learning pathway ranging from Foundation to Diploma level in Solution Focused Practice. This training programme can often take up to 2 years.
They are expected to undertake a 6-9 month induction process under observation and guidance from Change mentors who are all highly experienced counsellors.
Change could not function without their dedication, passion and enthusiasm, and so we focus on offering them regular training and support via monthly group supervision with trained SFT supervisors.
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling we deal with
No counselling Fees. Donations to the charity are welcome.
Training course Fees:
- Foundation course - £180 including VAT
- Certificate course - £960 including VAT
- Diploma course - £2400 including VAT
SCHOOL COUNSELLING SERVICE
The change also offers a specialised FREE school counselling service and our counsellors are currently placed in many schools across the Birmingham area.
Change’s therapy rooms are available to hire on a regular basis or as a one-off at affordable rates.
The rooms have recently been decorated and newly furnished and have large windows that fill the rooms with natural daylight. They provide a safe, confidential, comfortable and convenient space for private practitioners to see their clients. It boasts a city-centre location with affordable on-street parking outside the building. There is disabled access via lift and toilets are located within the suite.
The rooms are ideal for:
- Counsellors and psychotherapists
- Psychologists and psychiatrists
- Social workers
- Other professionals who are looking for a city-centre venue to practice their private work or to run groups and courses.