In preparation for the up and coming 2 year Diploma in Psychotherapy for working with Children and Young People, conversion course for experienced adult psychotherapists and the 4 year Diploma in Psychotherapy for working with Children and Young People, for people who wish to have a career working with children and adults I have been reading.
It has been a pleasure to spend time preparing for these up and coming Diplomas by revisiting old favourites, such as Violet Oaklander’s seminal book, ‘Windows to our Children’ and meet new friends, such as her book, ‘Hidden Treasures’. I think I have particularly enjoyed reading ‘The Heart of Development’ Volumes I and II, both edited by McConville and Wheeler. The list of books is growing and all have offered me something new, if it has been the first time I have read it, or the fifth! For me, reading is such a wonderful past time.
The ‘behind the scenes’ work is happening for the new Diplomas in Psychotherapy for working with Children and Young People, with the new publicity leaflets ready to go to press and will be available in the New Year.
I’ve been brushing up on theories of development and formulating the modules for the course, which will be held at ‘The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy’.
It is a great reminder of my training to re-read child development theories and to critique and compare the many different ones out there. What of course is fascinating is to read ones that I never knew existed. Some bring an interesting new insight, others are that wonderful blending that happens in psychotherapy often.
I have also been involved in the rebranding and up grading of ‘the Child Therapy World’ website and over the next two weeks will see the new improvements go live, all care of the wizard web master, Ian.
So, another busy fortnight, all fun and particularly pleasurable!