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Our Supporters

We would like to thank all who contribute to supporting our service provision. Without your support, we would not be able to keep our service running. Current supporters include:

  • National Lottery

  • Co-op Community Matters

  • Groundwork UK (Tesco)

  • Arnold Clarke Autos

  • Waitrose

  • Bedford Park Rotary Club

  • St Albans City & District Council

  • Hertfordshire Community Fund (HCF)

  • Old People’s Trust

  • Bedford & Luton Community Foundation

  • Office of Police and Crime Commissioner – Bedfordshire (OPCC Bedfordshire for VoC)

  • Members of the public

  • Redbrain

  • Oaklands Development

  • Yogi Design
  • Big Idea Brand Marketing
Ambassadors

Our ambassadors represent us in the Community and/or provide a significant amount of their time voluntarily to support the Foundation. Our current ambassadors are:

  • Kevin Doyle: Ambassador for Digital Enablement of Services
Events & Fundraising

Whether you are challenging yourself to doing your first 5km run, undertaking your first marathon, hosting a coffee morning, supporting us while you shop, making a personal donation or you are a business who would like to make us your ‘Charity of the Year’, there are all sorts of ways that you could fundraise for us to help support the provision of mental health services and training for those who might otherwise not be able to access support.

Your amazing support is critical to the continuation of the service we provide to our communities. Donations you make go towards both our counselling services and contributing to equality of access to training for our marginalised communities.

You can choose to make a one-off donation or commit to monthly giving. Every pound makes a difference to our clients. Please get in touch if you would like to fundraise for us by contacting fundraising@counsellingfoundation.org

“I am now able to discuss my feelings and emotions with my counsellor and my close friends and have, to a large extent, stopped burying uncomfortable feelings and memories”

“I am able to be less anxious in stressful situations”.

Support Us While You Shop

There are a number of ways you can support us whilst you shop

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Amazon Smile

You can support us whilst you shop with Amazon. Try it today through Amazon Smile, be sure to choose to support The Counselling Foundation Head Office – St Albans and then earn a free donation for our charitable organisation whenever you buy an eligible product through Amazon Smile.

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Sell on eBay

If you’re having a clear-out you can sell on eBay and donate funds to us. Choose us as your favourite charity and you can choose to donate to us every time you check out on eBay. You can add us as a favourite on eBay by signing into your eBay account and selecting ‘add to my favourites on our eBay for charity homepage.

Or become a community seller where you can donate 10 – 100 % of the sales proceeds to the Counselling Foundation.

Easyfundraising

Register by clicking easyfundraising and choose one of The Counselling Foundation centres. When you shop, instead of going directly to the retailer website, log onto easyfundraising first and click on the retailer you want to shop with. You will then be taken to the retailers website where you will shop as normal but the shop you are using will give The Counselling Foundation a donation. There are over 4,200 retail partners registered with Easyfundraising who will donate to us if you access their website through the easyfundraising website. What could be easier.

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Vacancies

We are a unique organisation dedicated to providing therapy and training. There are many ways you can get involved with us.

Employment Vacancies

The benefits of working with us are:

  • Opportunities for continued learning and development including discounted Continuing Personal Development courses.
  • Flexible working
  • 25 days holidays per year plus bank holidays, pro rata plus any additional days that the Foundation is closed between Christmas and New  Year
  • Membership of a contributory pension scheme for employees (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria including minimum monthly pay)
  • Membership of our employee assistance scheme (subject to minimum weekly hours)
  • Family friendly policies including maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave
  • Entitlement to occupational sick pay after one year continual employment
Current Vacancies

TERMS

  • Salary depending on experience
  • Hours of work: 1.5 hours of fortnightly supervision per group
  • Available for daytime and/or evening supervision depending on group allocated
  • Available for in-person and/or remote supervision depending on group allocated
  • Available to attend monthly meetings with Clinical Manager
  • Willingness to work outside prescribed hours to manage risk escalations
  • Access to TCF subsidised CPD events
  • Probation period: 3 months
  • Start Date: Immediate

 THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is a modern charity with a well-established reputation in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for over 40 years. Our mission is to deliver affordable psychological therapy, to train psychotherapists and provide services to organisations and the NHS.

We are an organisational member of BACP and our training courses are accredited and validated by BACP. All staff, honoraries, volunteers and therapists in training are thus accountable to the ethical requirements of these organisations and to their complaints procedures.

There are 3 strands to the services we provide:

  • Provision of charitable subsidised counselling
  • Provision of short-term work to NHS clients, EAP clients and other contracts
  • Counselling Training programmes including short personal development courses

 

THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is proud of our welcoming culture and commitment to client care. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity throughout the organisation and encourage diversity and difference.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for an experienced clinician who is passionate about provision of care outside the private sector and has the energy and enthusiasm to support us in our growth and innovation in client care.

You will work as part of The Counselling Foundation’s (TCF) supervision team to provide a high and consistent standard of supervision to all qualified and trainee counsellors across the Foundation. You will be required to work with TCF trainees and qualified counsellors working for the charitable counselling service as well as other TCF contracts.

In particular, you will be supervising counsellors delivering one-to-one counselling to clients with complex needs and/or dual diagnosis.

We are receiving an increase in the number of individuals with complex needs referring into our service. Apart from emotional support, many suffer simultaneously from physical, social and financial difficulties thereby exacerbating their problems. This inhibits their ability to cope, often making them vulnerable to crisis. Many have a history of abuse, domestic violence, substance misuse, family and relationship difficulties, poverty, social isolation, homelessness, unemployment and some have a history of offending/anti-social behaviour.  In addition, some clients have learning and physical disabilities.

As a supervisor in our service, you will be at the centre of continuing to bring our response to the current mental health crisis to life. You will be supported by the Clinical Manager, Clinical Director and the wider clinical team. Above all, you will be passionate about joining a charitable organisation that embraces diversity and innovation and strives to connect and contribute to our local communities by offering a safe space, providing supportive and emphatic counselling to individuals who struggle to access emotional help.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

The Clinical Supervisor reports to the Clinical Manager and will work closely with Clinical Director.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To support TCF’s objectives of supervision by creating a learning environment combining a balance of support, reflection, challenge and education for all supervisees to develop their clinical skills and competence
  • To lead and facilitate at least 1 supervision group consisting of a maximum of 4 supervisees per group
  • To lead and facilitate group supervision for 1.5 hours every fortnight throughout the year
  • To work with the Clinical Manager/s to support and expedite client allocation and all service delivery targets
  • To work with Clinical Managers to manage issues around late or non-payment of fees
  • To ensure supervisees manage their clients in accordance with organisational policies e.g., collection of fees, keeping client records etc
  • To ensure supervisees carry out clinical work competently in line with TCF guidelines and polices holding the best interest of the client in mind at all times
  • To work with the Clinical Managers to manage clinical escalations and risk reporting
  • To facilitate case review meetings as needed to provide updates and action plans of at-risk cases together with counsellor and Clinical Manager
  • To facilitate monthly peer discussion drop-in sessions groups for counsellors working with clients with complex needs to share learning and explore ethical dilemmas
  • To ensure all supervisees adhere to risk management procedures and policies
  • To ensure all cases are presented for supervision on a regular basis
  • To ensure supervisees are aware of and up to date with TCF clinical policy and processes
  • To alert the Clinical Director of any issues or concerns about counsellors in relation to competency or possible complaints
  • To complete reports for all supervisees and participate in the assessment process for trainees if required
  • To be familiar with all training handbooks, curriculum and course content
  • To attend monthly Supervisor meetings
  • To engage in ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) relevant particularly to working with clients with complex needs
  • To adhere to BACP’s Ethical Framework
  • Willingness to conduct clinical assessments for clients new to the Service

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Significant post-qualifying experience as a counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor
  • A strong understanding and experience of working with people who have experienced chronic and complex mental health problems including trauma (physical, psychological or social), addiction, substance misuse, certain psychiatric conditions
  • A strong knowledge and experience of working with trauma-informed practice and how it can successfully be used as an intervention
  • Highly developed skills in assessing risk and a working knowledge of managing complex risk assessment in practice
  • Highly experienced in carrying out assessments of client support needs, including risk assessments
  • Experience of both time-limited and longer-term psychotherapeutic work
  • Experience of delivering in-person and remote therapy and supervision
  • Knowledge and understanding of different modalities e.g.psychodynamic, person-centered, poly-vagal theory, DBT, trauma informed stabilisation work
  • Up to date knowledge of developments in the psychotherapy field and of relevant national policy
  • Willingness to work out-of-hours to manage clinical risk
  • A good understanding of Safeguarding and risk management for both children and adults.
  • Experience of working in partnership with key workers, care co-ordinators, community services, GPs, psychiatrists and third-party agencies/charities/other services
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent record keeping in regard to points discussed with the supervisees and administrative skills that are required for management of the group within the organisation
  • Good Microsoft office skills and general technology skills, or the willingness and ability to learn within a short period of time. Comfortable to learn and work within a digital environment

Desirable

  • Completed a Level 7 or equivalent qualification from a BACP-accredited counselling training programme
  • Diploma–level or equivalent qualification in clinical supervision
  • BACP/UKCP/NCS accredited
  • Competence as a supervisor working from a psychodynamic orientation with groups and individuals
  • Additional Qualification eg DIT, CBT, EMDR, DBT, CfD, group work
  • Experience of developing and delivering therapeutic group work.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to assess the complex needs of drug and alcohol users and formulate action plans to identify how these needs can be met
  • Experience of working with trauma using a three-phased approach – stabilisation, processing and integration

 

COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Excellent people skills including an ability to motivate, manage, mentor and support counsellors and trainees and to challenge performance when appropriate
  • Excellent at building and sustaining respectful, emphatic, non-judgemental and productive working relationships across all supervision and other groups
  • Ability to work as an effective and supportive team player within a management team
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to adjust communication style to different audiences
  • Ability to adapt working style to people and groups from diverse backgrounds and cultures

 

ORGANISATIONAL AND LEADERSHIP ABILITY

  • The appointee should be able to command the personal and professional respect of staff
  • They should have an understanding of the dynamics of organisations and of small and large groups
  • They should be able to relate sensitively to others, share in and facilitate the working of groups
  • Excellent capacity to contain anxiety, manage staff and delegate appropriately is essential
  • Sensitivity to understanding the issues of working within an organisation including financial, commercial and other issues that need to be considered when delivering a training course in a competitive environment

 CAPACITY FOR REFLECTION AND EVALUATION

  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • The appointee will be expected to contribute creatively to reflection on the nature and development of clinical work in a changing society
  • Openness to learning from feedback and understanding the dynamics of an organisation where supervisees are both in training and providing the therapeutic services of the organisation

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Possess a calm, consistent manner and proven ability to contain emotional distress within a clinical environment
  • A team worker who is adaptable and versatile with a positive and confident attitude
  • Ability to demonstrate a respect for punctuality and responsiveness to deadlines
  • Ability to be comfortable working with change and within change management processes
  • Ability to remain solution-orientated
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced, challenging environment

TERMS

  • 12 hours per week over 3 days
  • 1-year fixed term contract – with intention to extend depending on availability of funding
  • Salary depending on experience
  • Working in-person across Luton and Bedfordshire
  • Willingness to work some evenings
  • Employer pension contributions on eligible pay
  • Membership of employee assistance programme
  • 25 days per holiday per year pro rated plus bank holidays
  • Access to TCF subsidised CPD events
  • Payment for Enhanced DBS check
  • Fortnightly 1.5 hours in-house supervision (group)
  • Use of telephony system (Horizon) for TCF work only
  • All clinical work is covered by TCF organisational professional indemnity
  • Probation period: 3 months

 

THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is a modern charity with a well-established reputation in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for over 40 years. Our mission is to deliver affordable psychological therapy, to train psychotherapists and provide services to organisations and the NHS.

 

We are an organisational member of BACP and our training courses are accredited and validated by BACP.  All staff, honoraries, volunteers and therapists in training are thus accountable to the ethical requirements of these organisations and to their complaints procedures.

There are 3 strands to the services we provide:

  • Provision of charitable subsidised counselling
  • Provision of short-term work to NHS clients, EAP clients and other contracts
  • Counselling Training programmes including short personal development courses

THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is proud of our welcoming culture and commitment to client care. We committed to promoting equality of opportunity throughout the organisation and encourages diversity.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for a clinician who is passionate about provision of care outside the private sector and has the energy and enthusiasm to support us in our growth and innovation in client care.

You will work as a practitioner assessing clients for suitability for counselling and delivering counselling support to clients, particularly those with complex needs, whilst working closely with the wider clinical team and partner organisations to ensure appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place.

We are receiving an increase in the number of individuals with complex needs referring into our service. Apart from emotional support, many suffer simultaneously from physical, social and financial difficulties thereby exacerbating their problems. This inhibits their ability to cope, often making them vulnerable to crisis. Many have a history of abuse, domestic violence, substance misuse, family and relationship difficulties, poverty, social isolation, homelessness, unemployment and some have a history of offending/anti-social behaviour.  In addition, some clients have learning and physical disabilities.

As a counsellor in our service, you will be at the centre of continuing to bring our response to the current mental health crisis to life. You will be supported by the Clinical Manager, Clinical Director and wider clinical team. Above all, you will be passionate about joining a charitable organisation that embraces diversity and innovation and strives to connect and contribute to our local communities by offering a safe space, providing supportive and emphatic counselling to individuals who struggle to access emotional help.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

The Counsellor reports to the Clinical Manager

 

RESPONSIBILITES

  • To conduct up to 3 clinical assessments per week and producing written assessment reports to be presented at intake meetings
  • To deliver one-to-one counselling sessions for up to 10 clients per week from our charitable service and EAP and other contracts
  • To report and manage clinical risks and escalations promptly and in line with TCF policies and procedures
  • To manage and resolve issues of late and non-payment as appropriate
  • To attend fortnightly clinical supervision
  • To work in accordance with all TCF policies and procedures
  • To complete client and counsellor reports as needed
  • To be familiar with processes and procedures outlined in the Clinical Handbook
  • To engage in Continuing Professional Development
  • To adhere to BACP’s Ethical Framework

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • BACP/UKCP/NCS accredited therapist or working towards accreditation
  • A strong understanding and experience of working with people who have experienced chronic and complex mental health problems including trauma (physical, psychological or social), addiction, substance misuse, certain psychiatric conditions
  • Knowledge and experience of working with trauma-informed practice and how it can successfully be used as an intervention
  • Developed skills in assessing risk and a working knowledge of managing complex risk assessment in practice
  • Significant counselling experience post qualification, either in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of providing effective time limited and longer-term counselling
  • Experience of delivering counselling over the phone and / or via video conferencing mechanisms
  • Experience of carrying out assessments of client support needs, including risk assessments
  • A good understanding of Safeguarding and risk management for both children and adults
  • Experience of working in partnership with key workers, care co-ordinators, community services, GPs, psychiatrists and third-party agencies/charities/other services 

Desirable

  • Completed a Level 7 or equivalent qualification ideally from a BACP-accredited counselling training programme
  • A strong knowledge and experience of working from a psychodynamic modality
  • Additional Qualification e.g. DIT, CBT, EMDR, DBT, CfD, Group work
  • Experience of developing and delivering therapeutic group work
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to assess the complex needs of drug and alcohol users and formulate action plans to identify how these needs can be met.

 

  • Permanent position
  • Part time hours: 10 to 24 client hours + admin and supervision time over a minimum of 3 days
  • Willingness to work both remotely and in-person
  • Primarily Hertfordshire based with potential to work in Bedfordshire as well

 

Salary and Benefits

  • £29,000 – £36,000 per annum depening on experience
  • Fortnightly 1.5 hours in-house supervision (group)
  • Access to subsidised TCF CPD events
  • Employer pension contributions on eligible pay
  • Membership of employee assistance programme
  • 25 days per holiday per year pro rata plus bank holidays
  • Payment of initial Enhanced DBS (not extended to annual subscription to the Update Service)
  • Laptop
  • Use of TCF telephony system (Horizon)

 

About the Role

The Counselling Foundation has been in operation for over 40 years as a provider of counselling and training services. We are proud of our welcoming culture and commitment to client care.

The Foundation has four strands to the services we provide:

  • Provision of long term heavily subsidised counselling for clients who cannot afford private care
  • Provision of short-term work to IAPT referred clients using Counselling for Depression (CfD) or Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
  • Provision of short-term work for our charitable service, EAP contracts and other NHS contracts
  • Training programmes that include short courses such as Introduction to Counselling and active listening plus a four-year Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling that is accredited by the BACP

We are continuously evolving, and mental health support has never been so critical to our communities. We want to further expand our team and are looking for new colleagues to support us as we continue to grow our services.

As a counsellor in our IAPT and/or other services, you will be at the centre of continuing to bring our response to the current mental health crisis to life. We are looking for someone who is passionate about the provision of care outside the private sector and has the energy and enthusiasm to support us in our growth and innovation in client care.

You will work as a semi-autonomous practitioner assessing clients for suitability for counselling and delivering counselling support to these clients whilst working closely with the wider team and partner organisations to ensure appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place.

The role will primarily involve working with clients Counselling for Depression or Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy. You may also be required to work with our subsidised service as well as with clients on our other contracts. You will receive clinical supervision and will be supported by the clinical manager for the team.

Above all you will be passionate about joining a charitable organisation that embraces diversity and innovation and is connected with our local communities.

Experience:

Essential

  • Qualified to Degree, MSc, MA, or Diploma level in Counselling
  • Completed a BACP-accredited counselling qualification
  • BACP/UKCP registered member
  • BACP accredited or working towards accreditation
  • Delivered a minimum of 250 client hours to include agency work
  • Willingness to train in the IAPT compliant modality Counselling for Depression (CfD), if not already achieved
  • Significant counselling experience post qualification, either in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of providing effective time limited counselling
  • Experience of carrying out assessments of client support needs, including risk assessments
  • Experience of working with people who have experienced a common mental health problem
  • Developed skills in assessing risk and a working knowledge of managing complex risk assessment in practice
  • Experience of delivering counselling over the phone and / or via video conferencing

Desirable

  • Completed a Level 7 or equivalent BACP accredited counselling course
  • Experience of providing a counselling intervention within a primary care or IAPT setting
  • Qualification in the IAPT compliant modality Counselling for Depression (CfD).
  • Qualification in another IAPT compliant counselling modality i.e., DIT
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets were in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of developing and delivering therapeutic group work
  • Experience of using electronic case management systems such as IAPTus

Applicants should send their CV to Anne Findlay-Wilson, Email:  anne.findlay-wilson@counsellingfoundation.org.

TERMS

  • 20 hours per week over 4 days within core hours 9am-4pm
  • 12 hours per week for day-to-day Centre duties with 8 hours per week to provide cover for other Centres and Contracts and/or project work
  • Salary dependent on experience
  • Based at our Luton Centre
  • Willingness to travel to other Centres as needed
  • Work from home with line manager agreement only
  • Employer pension contributions on eligible pay
  • Membership of employee assistance programme
  • 25 days holiday per year pro rated plus bank holidays
  • Probation period: 3 months

 

THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is a modern charity with a well-established reputation in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for over 40 years. Our mission is to deliver affordable psychological therapy, to train psychotherapists and provide services to organisations and the NHS.

 

THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is an organisational member of BACP and its training courses are accredited and validated by BACP.  All staff, honoraries, volunteers and therapists in training are thus accountable to the ethical requirements of these organisations and to their complaints procedures.

There are 3 strands to the services we provide:

  • Provision of charitable subsidised counselling
  • Provision of short-term work to NHS clients, EAP clients and other contracts
  • Counselling Training programmes including short personal development courses

 

THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is proud of our welcoming culture and commitment to client care. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity throughout the organisation and encourage diversity.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

ACCOUNTABILITY 

The Counselling Administrator reports to the Clinical Manager

RESPONSIBILITES

The Counselling Administrator will be responsible for all Centre-specific day-to-day counselling activities and provide support to the Centre clinical manager, senior administrators, supervisors, qualified counsellors and trainees. They will also provide cover for other Centres and Contracts and/or complete project work when needed.

Main day-to-day duties include:

  • To be the first point of contact for client and counsellor enquiries
  • Provide day-to-day administrative support for all counselling activities
  • Work alongside the clinical manager to handle client applications from first contact/referral to allocation in a timely and efficient manner
  • Work alongside the clinical team, counsellors and supervisors to deliver an excellent service to all counselling clients
  • Handle phone calls, messages and emails from clients and external partner organisations
  • Keep accurate records of referral and treatment outcome information and other relevant information reporting data
  • Organisation and filing of clinical data following completion of treatment
  • Work alongside the clinical manager and senior administrators to provide regular reporting data in a timely and accurate manner
  • Work alongside Finance and senior administrators to ensure invoicing, collection of fees and allocation and reporting of grants and funding are completed in a timely and accurate manner
  • Provide admin cover for other centres and contracts as required
  • Assist clinical manager and senior administrators in induction of new counsellors and supervisors
  • Ensure any issues, complaints, feedback (etc) are conveyed to the clinical manager
  • Undertake project work to improve processes and procedures as required
  • Occasional minute taking
  • Attend admin and clinical managers meetings as required
  • Other duties as could reasonably be required or expected from the Executive team

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • 5 GCSE’s grade A – C (including English and Maths) or equivalent (desirable)
  • Excellent Microsoft office & Excel skills and general technology skills, or the willingness and ability to learn within a short period of time
  • Experience in an administrative role
  • Excellent organisation, prioritisation and planning skills
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Experience of providing excellent customer care
  • Experience of dealing with and managing sensitive and confidential information in a discreet manner
  • Ability to remain motivated whilst prioritising workload, working under pressure and responding efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work resourcefully and independently
  • A respect for punctuality and responsiveness to deadlines
  • Ability to take the initiative to bring new and innovative ideas
  • Ability to work comfortably with change and within change management processes
  • Willingness to attend mental-health related training i.e safeguarding, suicide awareness

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Excellent people skills including an ability to support administrators and colleagues
  • Excellent at building and sustaining respectful and productive working relationships across all staff groups
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Ability to adapt working style to people and groups from diverse backgrounds and cultures

 

  • PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
  • Possess a calm, consistent manner
  • A team worker who is reliable, adaptable and versatile with a positive and confident attitude
  • Driving licence and own car an advantage

Any questions please contact vacancies@counsellingfoundation.org

Volunteering & Work Experience

Volunteering provides an opportunity to try something new or to give skills you have already developed to an organisation and make a real difference.

We welcome volunteers to be part of our community.

We are always open to contact from people who would like to fundraise, take on a new challenge, donate skills, and become part of our lively community. The work you do as a volunteer has a tangible impact on the services we are able to develop and offer.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact vacancies@counsellingfoundation.org

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