This now gives me a fairly thorough overview of therapy in schools, having worked in primary, secondary, rehabilitation and pupil referral in the U.K. and now also international primary and secondary schools (refugee camp based and IB / private). I will give some time for feedback from the school I worked at most recently, as I am not sure what is happening there - it seems in Albania people are often left without any information from authorities / management, you have to guess! I'll reflect on what I have learned before developing this part of my practice further and am looking forward to opening up more space for trauma therapy and supervision at EMDR.London, although that will largely be online in the near future. My base continues to be London, though in the coming months I will also be working in the Balkans, offering trainings in person and online on a case by case basis.
Coming up are another wellbeing workshop for Phd students at Kings and Imperial colleges in London in September and I am developing the EMDR and Art therapy training for BAAT to include more examples of working with children, the next course is in October. Next week I am also holding a session using the flash technique (for trauma processing), for therapists based in Croatia, so they can experience it and then perhaps use it with their own patients who have also been impacted by recent earthquakes and tremors.
The youtube channel has been quiet over summer, but I do like it as an alternative to writing. As an in-between I have started to use IGTV; a video is below demonstrating an evolved container exercise, working with memory and emotions. I intend to make a video of the original exercise I learned in EMDR trainings for youtube before long.
When things changed so dramatically in March 2020 I suggested my clients took life one day at a time, which I also included in my own approach and that still stands. Good to have aims, ideas and a focus but not rock solid plans.
SA&T now has a therapy dog! A young stray, whom is friendly to all and at eight months has stopped chewing and quietened down a lot. He already joined some online sessions, with an amusingly positive impact. I am curious to see how this goes with in person work in the future and if he can join in with eco / adventure as part of therapy when circumstances allow me to move on with that again. I had been considering Albania as a potential base for such work but am now looking more at Croatia and Slovenia, which I feel have less edge and more balm in the air. That was quite a long term plan, I had been thinking of something like five years time for therapy intensives. As chance has it, I could possibly trial that in the coming year.