As counsellors, we are required to take notes of our sessions with clients - but what does this entail? What can access our notes? What are the legal implications of note taking and storage?
In this interview, counselling trainer Rory Lees-Oakes will share his experience and share best practice in the area of note taking.
About Rory Lees-Oakes
I am counselling tutor and practicing school counsellor based at the Higher Education Faculty of Warrington Collegiate, a college in the North West of England. I graduated in 2004, and hold post graduate certificates in supervision, education, child and adolescent therapy.
After qualifying I stayed on at my counselling placement which became Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind as a counsellor, eventually becoming (in a voluntary capacity) chair and director of the organisation. My paid work was quite varied, I spent a year as a floating support worker for a mental health charity supporting people in their homes, followed by five years working part time as a support worker for Nacro, an organisation which helps ex offenders re integrate in to society. During this time, I taught Counselling at Tameside College; in 2007, I accepted a part time position at Warrington Collegiate as course leader for the Counselling provision and becoming full time in 2009 ( I qualified as a teacher in 2008).
When I am not working, I enjoy visiting tea rooms in the Pennine towns near where I live (yep, I know I am weird). I am also a keen published photographer. Why not visit my YouTube channel to see my lectures or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.