A greater understanding of the University of Bristol’s Student Support Services model

17 December 2019, 12.30 PM - 17 December 2019, 1.30 PM

Michael Pearson, Deputy Head of Student Counselling

BG10, Oakfield House, Oakfield Grove, Bristol, BS8 2BN

About me:

Michael is the Deputy Head of Student Counselling, and manages allocations and triage, sits in a clinical management team and also has a clinical caseload.  He has worked in Mental Health for the majority of his career, initially training in brief intervention therapy and then completed training in an integrative psychotherapy model.  Throughout his career he has worked as a staff trauma therapist within the NHS; peer models, bereavements support, domestic violence perpetrator groups and paedophile prevention work within forensic settings; historic and recent sexual abuse, sex-focused therapy, personality disorders and dissociative disorders within the charity sector; then a focus on managing and leading community based residential settings for previous rough sleepers with complex needs, suicide prevention, substance misuse, and Asperger’s and personality disorder specialist units in a senior capacity; and finally strategic level mental health work with a focus on systems change in Bristol; before moving to the University of Bristol.  He is currently training in sex related therapy including LGBT+ and GSRD focused approaches to sexual models.

 The presentation: 

  • Overview of the currents student support services, with a focus on mental health support
  • Overview of the Student Counselling Services therapeutic, and new therapeutic models
  • Challenges & Deficits / Opportunities & learning of the service (including new approaches around sexual models (GSRD))
  • Call to action 


This presentation should help you leave with a greater understanding of the University of Bristol’s Student Support Services model, how students access support and what their journey is like.  Attendees will have a greater understanding of the new multi-disciplinary model, point of need philosophy, and the One At A Time therapeutic model.  We will also look at some of the new therapeutically models the counselling service is developing, particularly around gender and sexuality approaches, and integrating a better understanding of modern relational and sexual practices.  We will also have a brief discussion about possible call to actions for research and evaluation of the new therapeutic model.


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