The Crisis Book

—The Crisis Book

The Crisis Book

The Crisis Book has been incubating as an idea for over 20 years… and has, at last, materialised into this cracking book from LID Publishing.

It features 70 short chapters on topics which constitute or account for the many stress or crisis issues we may all experience throughout life. From sections covering from ‘Moods & Emotions’ and ‘Life Events’ to ‘Work/Life Skills’ and ‘Personal Life Management’ there’s something for everyone.

Each chapter presents an overview, then jumps in with a checklist of key tips, guidance and advice to give you some options about how to deal with or cope better with tough life situations.

As before, fellow scribes, Andrew Kinder and Professor Sir Cary Cooper chipped in their words of wisdom.

The Crisis Book launches in the UK in early March 2017, and in the US in late April 2017.

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Aberdeen Uni

In September 2016, Rick was appointed as Head of Service at the University of Aberdeen’s University Counselling Service. Working with a team of 8 talented individuals, Rick’s been working hard to manage the huge demand for the service, by introducing a time-limited model and focusing on a stream of early intervention initiatives.

The fourth oldest University in the UK, the University of Aberdeen boasts a proud tradition of innovation, development and academic excellence, rivalling it with the best in the UK.

CaW Journal

BACP ‘Counselling at Work’ Journal editor

For 9 years, Rick was Editor of ‘Counselling at Work’ Journal, the national UK-wide journal for therapists and counsellors who practice in organisational and workplace settings, on behalf of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).

Over this time he wrote articles and solicited the best part of 200 contributions from the great and the good in this specialised workplace environment, without so much as a bribe.

Trauma book

International Handbook of Workplace Trauma Support

It seems that every book Rick writes, takes two years!

This detailed text is no exception. As with the previous ‘Employee Well-being Support’ book, the International Handbook of Workplace Trauma Support was commissioned and published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, and aided by stalwart fellow-scribes, Andrew Kinder & Professor Sir Cary Cooper.

 ’It was a fascinating project, canvassing views and opinions from academics and practitioners from all over the world, including from the USA, Canada, Israel, Australia, Holland, Germany, China, India, Belgium and the UK. From response to 9/11, the London Bombings and the Asian Tsunami, the book provides an informed insight into what can be done in response to traumatic or critical incidents’.

The book is available at



BBC writers room

Success with BBC Writersroom

Rick submitted his feature script ‘Moral Compass’ and was delighted to have passed through the tough vetting stages to the final point at which the script was read by senior readers at the BBC Writersroom.

OK, so it didn’t get any further, but beating several thousand other scripts felt a massive achievement in itself.



Employee Wellbeing Support

Employee Well-being Support: A Workplace Resource

Some two years in the editing by Rick, aided by Andrew Kinder and Professor Sir Cary Cooper, this is a compendium of thoughts, views, guidance and perspectives on ‘employee well-being’ written by experts from around the country and across the corporate spectrum.

A ‘must-read’ for those in Human Resources, Occupational Health, Health & Safety, People Development, Well-being & Welfare.

Available at



EIFF Talent Lab

Rick was delighted to win a place at the hotly-contested 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab. Providing a chance to meet rising stars of tomorrow as well as a mouth-watering line up of industry professionals, it gave Rick the opportunity to pitch his credentials to the great and the good of the UK film-making community.

‘With a mix of masterclasses, speed-dating meetings with industry leaders and fascinating discussions with fellow delegates, it was an inspiring, motivating and affirming experience’

Rick adds ‘I’d have chopped off my index finger to get on this Talent Lab… though as this finger is pretty crucial for my writing, it would be silly to do this’.


Teaser for ‘Pleasure Beach’

A teaser is now available for the short film ‘Pleasure Beach’, written by Rick, at

‘Paul Bassingthwaighte (the Director) and I spent a good chunk of time crafting the potential for this project, developing authentic and bold characters, adding layers of emotionality and really nailing a sold story. This close collaboration allowed me to understand the visual and dramatic demands of Paul’s directing style and enabled us to create, what we hope viewers will find to be, a pretty powerful story. Casting was crucial and Paul managed to secure a talented cast, each able to reach into their characters to express and define their uniqueness and personalities. Nicki and Josh at Eavesdrop Films did an amazing job producing the project and helping to secure a location setting that was spookily close to what I had originally envisaged.’


Thank you BAFTA Scotland

—Thank you BAFTA Scotland

BAFTA Scotland nomination

Rick was delighted to be nominated for a 2012 BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award in the ‘writer’ category for the short film ‘Victims’.

‘It was an amazing experience getting the Nomination and being invited to the plush and glitzy event in Glasgow. You can perhaps imagine sweaty hands at the ready, a scrunched up speach in jacket pocket … and then the Winner was announced… it wasn’t me. Cue my smile through gritted teath, nodding head and my over-enthusiastic applause. No seriously, the winner was a deserved winner.’

You can watch ‘Victims’ on YouTube for £1.99 as set up by film distributor Shorts International.

Experiences of Person-Centred Counselling Training

—Experiences of Person-Centred Counselling Training

Experiences of Person-Centred Counselling Training: A Compendium of Case Studies to Assist Prospective Applicants

From the Publisher’s website…

This book could be described as a rough guide to person-centred counselling training. A book borne out of personal experience in more ways than one, this volume started life as an idea in a person-centred training group. Laura Buchanan and Rick Hughes then set about collecting hundreds of personal accounts of person-centred training from all over the UK.

The book covers all the topics that prospective trainees could wish to know about from funding and course applications through to what happens when you finish the course. It is a compendium of unsentimental testimony from dozens of trainees with some contributions from trainers to complete the picture. Aimed at anyone contemplating embarking on person-centred counselling training, the book may also be of help to those considering trainings in other counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches. An excellent preparation for counsellor training, Experiences of Person-Centred Counselling Training will help prospective applicants ask themselves some key, perhaps painful, questions before starting the course application stage. Deliberately priced to suit the pockets of hard-pressed prospective trainees, it is packed with personal experience and useful information.

Available at