Updated: Jan 14
Fully funded by a grant from West Glamorgan Health Board (now Swansea Bay University Health Board) for which we are very grateful.
The overall purpose of the project is to cater for the mental health and linguistic needs of our members and to provide information and therapies that would help them empower and heal themselves. The project also caters for the training needs of Counsellors and Interpreters who are working with our members.
The specific objectives are to:
train Counsellors on how to work with Interpreters so that they feel confident to deliver effective therapy regardless of their clients’ mother tongue, and understand and practise the protocols of how to work via an interpreter
·train Interpreters on how to work with Counsellors so that they feel confident when interpreting in that environment and understand their role and boundaries. The languages covered are: Arabic<>English; Polish<>English; Romanian<>English; Mandarin<>English, Punjabi<>English & Spanish<>English
offer follow-up support to interpreters involved in Counselling sessions so that they learn how to cope with traumatic and difficult situations through Reflective Practice sessions
offer six linguistically and culturally-sensitive therapies on a one-to-one basis per individual, led by professional and experienced Counsellors and Therapists
offer group sessions to provide friendship and mutual support (e.g. weight management under the REFORM talks via Zoom)
offer group sessions to work on self-awareness
offer group sessions to provide auricular acupuncture to overcome trauma and stress
communicate loving kindness so that the beneficiaries feel that they matter and have a voice
There are three Target Audiences, as follows: Counsellors, Interpreters, and ILA-WALES CIC member beneficiaries.
The training for Counsellors and Interpreters is provided by Beverley COSTA, an author and expert in Multilingualism in Mental Health. On the other hand, the Group REFORM therapy sessions as well as the individual counselling and reflexology are provided by Jacqueline Suzanne HALEY, a qualified and experienced counsellor and reflexologist. Moreover, the self-awareness sessions are provided by Carlos Ibarra via Zoom whilst the auricular acupuncture sessions are provided by Ruth DAVIES, a trained acupuncturist, who has her own practice in Penllergaer, Swansea: Zen Acupuncture & Therapies.
All sessions provided by Beverley are via Zoom, whilst the Group sessions provided by Jacqueline are hybrid: face-to-face and Zoom. All sessions provided by Carlos are via Zoom whilst Ruth’s sessions are face-to-face at The Environment Centre. Individual counselling are via Zoom or face-to-face, depending on the needs of the beneficiary client whilst reflexology sessions are all face-to-face at The Swansea Wellbeing Centre.