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OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
Oxfordshire Therapy & Self-Development Network: 1-to-1 Counselling & Psychotherapy - Group Therapy & Workshops in Oxford and Witney

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What OTS Offers Practitioners

OTS is a growing community, with 2 centres - in Oxford & Witney. We have a website for each centre, and another main site for OTS. You can click on the links below to read extensively about who OTS are, and what we offer, or see below!

The OTS Community - Our vision & what we offer
What Our Members Say About Us!

Part of the continuing growth of OTS is due to our sought-after placement service. You can read more about what we offer trainees on the main site.

Trainee Placement Opportunities with OTS

About OTS - the what, where, who & why

In November 2014, 3 senior practitioners - Justin Smith, Michael Soth & Annalisa Caldon invited practitioners of psychological therapies in Oxfordshire to help us form a multi-modality developmental community, with the broad aim of making therapy more accessible. Our plans have progressed across a range of objectives, so here is a summary of our progress, and future plans.

Progress To Date:

  • we have grown in membership from 16 to over 40 practitioners, and have reached out and presented our initiative to other organisations
  • we have developed a network of affiliate members as an additional referral resource
  • we have delivered free talks and workshops to the general public
  • we have also delivered some free CPD training to the wider professional community
  • our first therapy group has been running since January 2016 with a waiting list to join on Tuesday evenings, and a second women only therapy group in Oxford.
  • a low-cost placement service is up and running, with trainees and newly qualified practitioners receiving payment for their work
  • our monthly Personal & Professional Development Group for therapists is now in its 3rd year, with a second group currently awaiting more members
  • we are sending regular internal & external newsletters to a growing public and practitioner readership
  • Facebook and LinkedIn accounts have been set up and are generating a following
  • we are a growing community with social events and regular meetings
  • we are designing an in-house training programme for facilitators and groups leaders, with some aspects already active
  • we have held regular in-house CPD meetings and training days
  • we have made nearly 200 referrals to practitioners
  • we have recovered all our set-up costs, and are ready to establish a charity

    Future Plans:
    As well as needing to develop our community, we are looking to establish productive links with other low cost services and placements in the area, so as to provide clients with the greatest range of options that can be developed.

    The OTS Charity:
    We are currently investigating how OTS can set up as a charity, so that as the organisation grows, income can stay within the organisation and can be used towards its main charitable aim, i.e. to support low-cost group therapy in the community. As a charity we will be able to more formally pay people for carrying out the admin functions of the organisation, with the rest of the work involved in running and growing OTS being done for free, as it is now.

    Are You Interested?
    We are looking for likeminded individuals, who would like to get involved in setting this partially self-funded charity up. We are particularly interested in anyone who has experience and/or enthusiasm to offer as a trustee.

    Therapy Group & Facilitation Training:
    We are starting to develop a 12-18 month training programme for practitioners wanting to run groups and facilitate workshops for OTS. The programme will be open to all applicants, and we are exploring having it be an accredited course. We will keep you updated on this as it develops. You can sign up for the OTS newsletter on the right hand side of this page to ensure you are kept up to date.

    We have many more plans for the future; this is just the beginning. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.

    Joining OTS. GR1

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