This CaPPP CPD day for counsellors/psychotherapists and others working with victims/witnesses who may require or be having counselling/therapy prior to a criminal trial. Jill will cover such issues as: counselling victims/witnesses of crime – perceived benefits & dangers of generic ‘counselling’ pre-trial, perceptions/reality of appearing in court as a victim/witness, Who’s Who in the Criminal Justice system (CJS) and where do counsellors/ psychotherapist fit in, the need for multi-agency working, exploring the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance – who is eligible, when to start, who to tell, what to do/not do, dangers of ‘discussion’/’hearsay’, implications for client assessment, contracting, confidentiality, notes/records, disclosure, preparation & support, legal & ethical issues and so on.


Jill Swindells has a broad background experience of social qualitative research, Victim Support volunteering and working as a counsellor in both community and custodial settings within the criminal justice system – including offenders, victims and witnesses of crime (primarily of rape and sexual abuse). She first became aware of, interested in and concerned about PTT back in 2002 when she became a Victim Support volunteer, shortly after the time the guidance was first published.

Please bring an open mind, a pen + an A4 note pad ideally to rest handouts/extra notes

Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a prompt start at 10.00am 

Lunch and refreshments are included in the price

Venue: Engineer’s House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB