Lawrence Railton is senior counsellor at Aberystwyth University, a school-based counsellor for Cardigan Youth Project and lecturer in Counselling at University of Wales Trinity St David.
He graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People in July 2016.
"What I enjoy the most about my work is first and foremost working with people; primarily my roles involve helping others and a large part of this is being able to establish and develop meaningful relationships.
Since moving to Wales 11 years ago, I have completely changed my career, establishing myself as a professional counsellor, gaining accreditation, a Professional Certificate in Education, a PG Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People and am now beginning a Master’s programme at USW.
I enjoy the experience of learning new things and pushing myself forward. As far as counselling and teaching goes, I want to offer the best for the people I work with and education and training are key to this.
I chose University of South Wales' PG Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People because it has a very good reputation and I felt it fitted with my client work. Also there was a clear pathway onto the Master’s programme.
The counselling qualification will help me with my plan to lecture at degree level and is therefore necessary for the work I do at Trinity St David. I also have plans to deliver training to children and young people (CYP) counsellors myself and from that point of view it has been a great help.
The most enjoyable part was being part of an enthusiastic group and listening to some great guest lectures. The lecturers had a wealth of practical experience which informed my own work and inspired me to try new things.
Also I met with many other counsellors working with CYP which has been of great benefit in terms of broadening my horizons.
I would recommend the Counselling Children and Young People course because it challenges you to be a better practitioner and to develop how best to help and support young people.
Counsellors starting out working with CYP would benefit from this course but also those like me, who already had a lot of experience.
The course is grounded in current best practice and has a strong ethical framework. Also the lecturers are passionate about their subject and have so much knowledge to share. Overall it has been a great experience."