This year’s Felicity Madden Memorial Lecture is titled “Pragmatism and Principle” and is to be held on Saturday 28th March in the Loyd Lindsay Rooms, Ardington. The presentation aims to outline how counselling young people goes on to help counselling adults, no matter how many sessions or how much support a client requires. Nick Luxmoore – who writes a blog for Psychology Today – will be leading the presentation and discussion.

The event will run from 10am until 1pm and tickets are available now from the Wantage Counselling Service page. Standard tickets are £45, and student and Wantage Counselling Service member tickets are £35.

This is also a chance for the Wantage Counselling Service to highlight keys areas of their services and the wider benefit to the community’s mental health, something which is often left out of the public eye. With a long service career, the charity has been described as “particularly valuable as a voluntary addition for patients in need of long term care beyond whatever the NHS can provide” by GPs and psychiatric consultants alike.

Everybody is invited to the Felicity Madden Memorial Lecture and the audience will be actively encouraged to ask questions, no matter how small. It is hoped that, by inviting more than just GPs and other professionals, the Wantage Counselling Service will receive more attention in the long run and hopefully be able to secure more funding in future, vital to keeping this well-established charity on its feet.

Editor’s Notes:

  1. Nick Luxmoore is a trainer, school counsellor, teacher, youth worker and psychodrama psychotherapist (UKCP registered). He has over 35 years’ experience  working with young people and with the professionals who support them. Nick’s career has included teaching English and Drama in schools and prisons, teaching counselling at Oxford Brookes University, running a youth centre and youth theatre, working as a school counsellor and as a counsellor with young refugees and asylum seekers. He is the author of eight books, writes a blog for Psychology Today and currently works as a counsellor and trainer at King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage, UK.
  2. Wantage Counselling Service was founded in 1984 to provide counselling for individuals, couples and young people in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and beyond. WCS is particularly valuable as a voluntary addition for patients in need of long-term care beyond whatever the NHS can provide.

We see up to 50 people a week for short- or long-term counselling. As a BACP-accredited service we follow the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
WCS is a registered charity and aims to provide counselling irrespective of clients’ ability to pay the full fee. We rely on events such as this both to help raise awareness of our service and to fund it.

  1. Felicity Madden joined WCS as a supervisor in 2003 and continued in that role for more than 7 years until illness forced her to retire a few months before her untimely death. Having trained and worked first as a nurse and health visitor, Felicity, following the birth of three sons, qualified as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist. In addition to her supervisory responsibilities, ‘Flippy’, as she was known to family and friends, maintained a private practice and tutored on counsellor training courses. Her legacy continues through these lectures and all who had the good fortune to know and work with her.

To book tickets for the event please go to: http://www.wantagecounselling.org.uk/training/training.html

Contact – for information on  Wantage Counselling Service – Helen Carter (Trustee) 01235 764810 or Email: helen-carter@ntlworld.com

Details regarding event – Shaun Galloway  07736310443 or shaun@wantage-couriers.co.uk