This past week I travelled down to London to begin the next step in my journey – to return to University and complete my Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Those of you who are familiar with this field of work will know that the benchmark of a well-trained Counsellor is typically considered to be a course Accredited by the BACP (my registering body). I completed this under the title of a ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling’ at the University of Manchester several years ago now. At the time I didn’t particularly plan to return to formal education in the future; working with clients isn’t about academic ability, it is about human contact.
However, as you might have noticed, I’m taking on more and more projects, teaching more, and generally finding gaps in research that need to be addressed. Having spoken to so many people with lived-experience of Eating Disorders and Mental Health illness, I think I’m perfectly placed to be asking the important questions – ultimately, how do we make treatment meet the needs of clients, and give the best outcomes?
So I’ve taken the step and returned to University. Even better, I was lucky enough to have been awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship (no pressure then?!!)
I hope over the coming months to keep you updated on my research – and no doubt I will even be looking for participants. I have a reasonably clear idea of the topic I plan to look at (watch this space), but I am still in the early stages and would love to hear people’s ideas as well.
Lastly, I wonder if those of you reading might be interested in blog posts about how I juggle – sometimes more successfully than others – such a varied practice life, on staying grounded, sane, and organised, for busy practitioners – but also for clients?