Counsellors, Psychotherapists and the Wider System of Mental Health Care – Online

How and where does the role of the Counsellor and Psychotherapist sit within the wider system of mental health care in the UK today? Whilst our core trainings provides us with a good grasp of theory and skills to engage individuals within our practices, a solid understanding of our location within the mental health care system is often neglected. This can result in a lack of awareness concerning the journey and experiences of our clients as they navigate their way through the mental health care system, a reduced sense of our legal and ethical duties as mental health practitioners and insufficient knowledge concerning who our colleagues are within the mental health care system and how to collaborate with them effectively.

This six hour online workshop therefore aims to provide an overview of the wider system of mental health care provision and the role of Counsellors and Psychotherapists within it.

Workshop aims

  • To gain an appreciation of the impact on mental health service users and their families of diagnosis, stigma, normativity and minority experience
  • To understand the different professional and personal roles in mental health care
  • To clarify the Psychotherapist/Counsellor role in the provision of collaborative care
  • To identify our duties in the provision of non- discriminatory service
  • To clarify the role of medication (prescribed and non- prescribed) and its impact
  • To develop an understanding of the ethical and legal considerations pertaining to the above including appropriate familiarity with the Mental Health Act (MHA)2007 and the Equality Act 2020

Mental Health Familiarisation Placement

This training has been designed to meet the aims of the ‘Working within the Wider Systems of Care’ component of the UKCP’s requirements for a Mental Health Familiarisation Placement. It can be attended as a standalone workshop or as part of the complete Mental Health Familiarisation Placement Series being delivered by The Link Centre between Autumn 2023 and Spring 2024.

Recognition: A Link Centre Certificate of Attendance for 6 hours.

Cost: £100.00

GROUP BOOKINGS ARE SOLD OUT – Please contact the office to be added to the waitlist for group bookings.

Pre-Course Requirements: Participants should be qualified or trainee Counsellors or Psychotherapists.


Geoff Hopping

Geoff started his mental health career as a psychiatric nurse, and then subsequently became a mental health social worker. In the late 80’s his social work career took a turn when he found himself working in the HIV/AIDS pandemic in West London.

He trained initially at the Metanoia institute and qualified as a Clinical Transactional analyst in 1996, and as a Teaching and Supervising transactional Analyst in 2003. He also trained and qualified as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the Forum for Independent Psychotherapists and did a one year supervision diploma course at the SAP (Jungian). He started ministry training with the One Spirit Foundation and was ordained in July 2021.

He had a private practice in South London for fifteen years and in 2005 he became a Consultant Psychotherapist at a high security prison in the therapeutic wing.  He worked there for eight years.  As a member of a multi-disciplinary team Geoff worked with psychiatrists, psychotherapists, nurses, psychologists and prison staff within the NHS framework.

Following his retirement from the prison in 2013, he developed a supervision practice and has been a tutor at the Metanoia Institute, TA East and The Link Centre, where he has recently become a become a director.

Ellie Batten

Ellie’s first experience as a mental health service user was at 21 years old when she was hospitalised in a secure unit and given Electric Shock Treatment (E.C.T.). In the proceeding 20 years she had been given various diagnoses including; clinical depression; social anxiety disorder; psychosis; post-natal depression and Bi-Polar Disorder. She has engaged with psychiatrists; therapeutic communities; private and NHS psychiatric hospitals and Community Psychiatric Nurses. She has been prescribed numerous medications and been told to expect to be on them for life. These experiences has given Ellie a unique understanding of our mental health service in the UK and, in her opinion, the precarious nature of DSM diagnosis.

Ellie has been medication free for 6 years . She is director of The Affordable Counselling Network and in training for her CTA and in the process of setting up private practice.

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Booking and Dates

23rd and 24th February 2024


Upcoming Dates:

This workshop will be delivered in two sessions. Both sessions must be attended.

Friday 23rd February 2024 from 18:00-21:00


Saturday 24th February 2024 from 09:30 – 12:30

Cancellation Policy:

50% refund will be given for cancellations with more than 7 days notice.


Online Event (Zoom)


Ellie Batten

Geoff Hopping

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