Central Scotland practitioner support group
Three things that have struck me as a practitioner and a supervisor is firstly: how scary it can be to start out as a newly qualified fledgling! Second: how isolated we can become, especially in private practice, sharing our wee rooms with just one other for most of the time and lastly: how much support and good vibes I enjoy being in the company of other practitioners in terms of learning, sharing, supporting and exploring.
We are all under a varieties of pressure from working with challenging client groups, coping with interesting line managers, dealing with agency targets and time limited work not to mention balancing this with family, study and trying to have a bit of a quality of life too without burning out entirely - so my idea is to develop a 'Community of Practice' for those who might be interested in a compassionate and supportive group both online (hugs optional) and perhaps face to face once a month.
Benefits of a 'community of practice':
- Encourage sharing of knowledge and resources.
- Give members a networking platform to share personal knowledge information and experience.
- Provide a space for turning knowledge and research into practice.
- A place to bring (published) knowledge i.e. articles, reports, websites and guidelines and combine this with personal knowledge through experience and reflection.
- Promote formal and informal learning and development.
- Encourage group to influence and improve quality of services.
- Access diverse range of knowledge and skills and share good practice.
- Reuse useful information and learn from others experience.
- Develop mindfulness and compassion approach to personal and professional life.
- Supporting students or newly qualified practitioners with peer mentoring/guidance.
- Access guest speakers or have workshops based on each others skills/knowledge.
- Specific focus groups on good use of supervision, legal issues, setting up in business etc.
And anything else we can thing of!
I am not going to promise anything at this stage but it would be good to meet up maybe once a month and set up an online group to get some ideas flowing. I am happy to facilitate and would encourage maybe another person who might be up for being a fellow facilitator just to get things started!
The next steps
- If you are interested in being part of a new and developing wee group, please email me back and let me know and I will send you an invite to the online group.
- If you are happy to, please forward this on to anyone else you feel might be interested in joining who works in our field of expertise.
- Once you are added to the group - get your thinking cap on and let us know what would be helpful to you, what topics are of interest and what do you want from the wee space.
- We can work on ground rules, group ethics, how to access support etc. and maybe sort this out at our first face to face meeting (possibly November?)
So that is all for now! Thank you for taking the time to read this and give me a shout with any thoughts, ideas or your opt out if you already have too much to think about!
I am an accredited member of BACP as a CBT therapist and I am also part of the Mindfulness Association as a mindfulness teacher. I am employed within the voluntary sector and within my own private practice which includes individual support, EAP work, couple support and supervision of other practitioners.