It was a joy this week to join a three day course on the therapeuric use of play. It was excellent – informative, practical and with lots of opportunity to practice on one another. We all quite easily accessed the child parts of ourselves as this picture suggests.I began to ‘get’ how ‘just playing’ can actually access fascinating symbolic subconscious meaning.
Some of you may remember the story of Jamila who worked quietly in the office office as an administrator. She admitted that she would love to learn to be a childrens’ counsellor but no one knew how to help her. There were no relevant courses in Nepal. However, soon after that a psychotherapist and an occupational therapist arrived in Nepal who were skilled in play therapy. This is now the second course they have facilitated. Thanks to Jamila’s dream, counsellors, researchers and a clinical psychologist all learnt the basics this week and were able to try them out in Nepali.
Creating an accredited supervision course is still my big dream. I’ve been prematurely launched into writing a syllabus for a 16 week supervision module! My research supervisor would like me to teach his masters students. Possibly in January. This would be a wonderful opportunity, but rather sudden. I’m grateful to be able to email ‘help’ to a number of people…..
Annoyingly this cold still refuses to go properly. I’m wondering if it’s to do with the polluted air which is very bad at the moment and am experimenting with a nasal spray.
The festival of Tihar where houses are lit with candles and coloured lights was later than usual and almost blended into Christmas this year. We came home one evening through the candle lit streets to find traditional music and dancing in our garden and were delighted (well I was) to join in.
On Tuesday it’s the annual ECTC Christmas Quiet Day. The theme this year is the Trinity and the Nativity! The day will also include quiet reflection, team building, games, clay work, dance and eating nice food.
The following week I’ll be leaving Andy in Nepal and flying to UK to be with family. We both had different feelings about this December and have agreed (amicably) to separate for our first Christmas in 32 years! Meanwhile, the first Advent candle has been lit, the Nativity figures have been rescued back from the Play Therapy course and we’re listening to ‘A Winter’s Night’ by Sting recorded in Durham Cathedral. (This way I get to celebrate Chritmas twice).
Wherever you are this Christmas and however you celebrate, may you know peace and hope.