Monday 16th November
Desert Island Footprints
with Alex Duffield
The way we develop as counsellors and therapists can be influenced by many things, but sometimes a book, lecture, poem or conversation can have a particular impact. Following in the footsteps of a well known radio programme, we have invited Alex Duffield to be our ‘castaway’, and to choose which of his favourite books, papers or other literary pieces he would take with him to a desert island.
About the Speaker
Alex Duffield began his working life in the legal field first as a trade mark attorney and then worked as a refugee appeals caseworker whilst completing his training at Birkbeck. He then worked training and supporting ‘peer support’ volunteers at a mental health charity. He was on the committee of the BCA for 7 years until 2011 in a number of roles including Forum Organiser and Chair. Since graduating he has been working for four years as a sessional counsellor for SurvivorsUK, a charity supporting men who have been sexually violated. He also worked for three years as a counsellor at Hospice in the Weald working with patients and those who care for them. In 2013, after attending a BCA sponsored workshop, he set up
a private practice which has now become his main source of work. He has a particular interest in trauma and its impact on internal and external relationships.
Paul Terry will introduce our Castaway. During the evening, we will find out more about the path of Alex’s career in counselling, and discuss with him the various people and writings which have influenced him.