We are approaching the season of Lammas, when traditionally the first grains were harvested and loaves made. It is a good time to reflect on the idea of harvest and fruition and that seems to be a theme of this month for me.
I am feeling very honoured and pleased to have been appointed an International Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University’s England Centre for Practice Development. Their vision of creativity, research and health outcomes is one that I completely aspire to and to meet 20 others this week, also similarly committed but from such a variety of disciplines and backgrounds was a dream come true.
I trained as a Certified Poetry Therapist with the International Federation for Biblio-Poetry Therapy and two years ago qualified as a Mentor-Supervisor myself. After doing this work for the past 15 years, I now have trainees and potential trainees across the UK and beyond. To bring a group together to work with my own supervisor, Geri Chavis here in Canterbury in June was very special. Here are some of the participants of the first Poetry Practice Summer Celebration.
I am very proud of Charmaine Pollard – the first of my trainees to complete her training as a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator.
As Charmaine has extensive experience in psychotherapy, she will be able to call herself a Certified Poetry Therapist. She is an inspiration to me and others and I’m delighted that she’s spreading the word by offering the following course at the City Lit in London, UK. For booking and further information click on the link below:
In early July, I led a one-day workshop on expressive and creative writing in therapy for the Brighton Therapy Partnership and was delighted with the feedback – especially one who wrote ‘The real power of writing, even a little, is intensely therapeutic’.