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As an Organisational Member of BACP we are bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy (where organisations undertake research) and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure for the time being in force.

EVERYMAN PROJECT is a voluntary, charitable organisation based in London which offers a range of support services for men who want to stop behaving violently or abusively, and for the people affected by their violence or abuse. These include a focused brief counselling programme, a partner support programme, and a telephone advice-line. Everyman Project relies on volunteers to support the organisation, provide the one-to-one counselling, and staff the telephone advice-line. All volunteers engaging with face-to-face clients receive clinical supervision on a regular basis.

The Everyman Project can provide a detailed assessment report (not risk assessment) aimed at helping courts, solicitors, (legal aid services for funding) and others to ascertain if a man can change his violent and abusive behaviours. Contact Everyman Project for more details.

The counselling programme is a seven month therapeutic programme designed to support and challenge men ceasing their violent and/or abusive behaviours. While Everyman Project works with all forms of male violence and abusiveness, the vast majority of men we see come as a result of being violent to their partners.

Every client initially attends an assessment session to determine his suitability for the programme.

The fee for initial assessment is £50.00 payable in advance. Once accepted on the programme, thereafter the fee per session is £50.00, payable in two installments. One payment after the one-to-one sessions and another at the end of the programme.

Following the assessment, each man attends thirteen weekly one-to-one counselling sessions with a male counsellor, followed by sixteen weekly group counselling sessions. The sessions are provided either evenings or daytimes, in London SE1 (Elephant and Castle), N19 (Archway) or E18 (South Woodford).

The counselling programme incorporates cognitive and educational approaches to challenge and change abusive and violent attitudes and behaviour. Additionally it addresses the emotional damage which underlies abusiveness to others. From the outset and throughout the work, the safety of the man's partner or other victims of his violence is the primary priority. All therapeutic work takes place against the background of acknowledging responsibility, developing the man's feeling capacity, extending his emotional awareness, and enabling him to develop greater empathy for others.

Because of the high level of motivation necessary for a man to come to terms with his feelings, change his attitudes, and take responsibility for his violence via an approach that is essentially therapeutic in nature, we encourage men to self-refer.

The partner support programme offers a comprehensive service for the partners or ex-partners of the men who have been accepted for the counselling programme. We provide one-to-one counselling, groupwork,safety planning, information, advice and support. We will contact you when your partner comes to see us, if he is accepted for counselling, if/when he starts, and if he quits. We might ask you for feedback at a later date.

The telephone advice-line offers information and advice to anyone who is concerned about their violence or abuse and to any person affected by a man's violence or abuse.

The EVERYMAN PROJECT Counselling Model has evolved from the Cognitive Analytic Therapy (C.A.T.) framework devised by Professor Anthony Ryle, and now includes principles (Responsibility, Empathy, and Vulnerability) and practices developed from our experiences of working with this client group.

For more detailed information about our programme please send an S.A.E. (A5) to the Everyman Project, 1A Waterlow Rd, London N19 5NJ. We will send you our brochure for agencies as well as a helpline poster.

For more information about the Partner Support Programme please phone 0207 263 8894 or email
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