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Staffordshire Network Meeting

Single Opportunity Counselling

Chris Dyas will be presenting the ideas at the heart of ‘Single Opportunity Counselling: a toolkit for adults who do not have any prior training or experience in counselling but find themselves having serious conversations with children from time to time. This will include how it has been informed by research, and its relevance for anyone working in social care.


Chris Dyas won Children’s Social Worker of the Year in 2019. Chris has been a qualified social worker for 29 years. He initially worked in local authority child protection services before joining the NSPCC in 1998. Since then he has specialised in developing effective therapy for children who have been traumatised by sexual abuse. This has led to providing training workshops for the Stoke LSCB on the subject, as well as on the subjects of self-harm and communication skills with children. In 2014, Chris set up an over 16s participation group for ex-NSPCC clients. The work of this group led to the creation of the Single Opportunity Counselling (SOC) training programme in Stoke, which has now trained over 670 professionals since February 2018.



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