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“ACC South West is here to support and equip Christian counsellors and pastoral carers working in our area,” says Wendy Haslam, ACC South West representative.

For more information about the work of ACC South West, Wendy Haslam can be contacted on 084 5123 5242 or

ACC South West training day
13 November 2010

85 people including representatives from churches in Exeter and beyond attended this ACC South West event, which was entitled 'Four Areas of Brokenness' and which was led by Paul Springate from Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing.

South West conference October 2010Aimed at counsellors, pastoral carers and those involved in prayer ministry, the event succeeded - as did the October 2010 ACC South West conference - in reaching out to non-ACC members. Attendee feedback was positive, and ACC South West will be looking to plan future events which continue to meet this area of need.

ACC South West as a region is now successfully organising activities and events such as this via a 'central hub with spokes' system. ACC South West members, if you would like to hold an event like this in your 'spoke', and can provide a venue/audience, we can offer a South West conference October 2010range of training events.

You can contact ACC South West rep Wendy Haslam at any time for information about this or any other aspect of ACC South West's work. or or 084 5123 5242.

And do please keep visiting this web page for details of other events and activities in the ACC South West region.

ACC South West conference
16 October 2010
Weston Super Mare, Somerset

40 people gathered at Locking Castle Church in Weston Super Mare for this training day and conference for counsellors, pastoral carers and all who care for people who are hurting. ACC SW was delighted to report that every area of the South West region was represented bar the Channel Islands, who sent their good wishes, and that more non-ACC members attended than at any previous AC SW event, with one person deciding to join ACC as a result. This made the day an excellent one for networking and raising ACC SW’s profile.

Linda Van Peborgh and David Walker
The keynote workshop of the day was A Journey into Hidden Pain: Exploring Inner Hurt, Pain and Therapeutic Techniques, led by ACC SW representative Wendy Haslam, and based on her book The Void: A Journey into Hidden Pain. The workshop explored different areas of loss that we experience in life that may leave a ‘void’ that causes discomfort or more. It covered areas that may leave that loss within us including health issues, criminal actions e.g. rape and domestic violence, premature death, relationship issues and our roots. Positive evaluation form feedback and comments from attendees endorsed the workshop as helpful and revealing.ACC SW conference 2010

ACC SW was also delighted to welcome ACC founder member David Walker as an attendee, and to hear his words of support for their activities.

Our pictures show:

The Void: how and why people can be hurting and how they can be safely helped

ACC South West committee member Wendy Haslam has written a book, The Void, published on 17 July 2009.

The Void looks at how and why people can be hurting and how they can be safely helped. It draws on Wendy's many years of experience as a counsellor and her work within the ministry of healing. The Void uses counselling models, psychology and theology and describes the process by which one can come alongside a person in order to address and therefore facilitate healing.

It is aimed at trained counsellors open to exploring new ways to work; those hoping to train as professional counsellors; church leaders seeking to establish safe practice in their ministry; anyone involved in the ministry of healing and members of the public who may be seeking answers to why they may feel that life is 'blocked' or

The Void is available via Amazon, price £10:99
or via the author at £9 inc. p&p

Each year ACC organises a busy schedule of both regional and national training events and conferences, covering a wide range of issues and topics relevant to its counselling and pastoral care members and to the everyday stresses of modern life.

The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) is a registered charity and the leading agency representing the voice of Christian counsellors and pastoral carers in the UK. Founded in 1992, it today represents around 2,000 members and 150 affiliate organisations. ACC South West has 208 members and 12 affiliates.

ACC aims to be a catalyst for excellence through its standardisation of good practice; accreditation; the recognition of training; its journal “Accord” and its conferences.