DeeAnna and I took a bit of a leap this week after a brainstorming session! As we’ve blogged over at Online Therapy Institute, we get a lot of emails from people worldwide who haven’t got the time right now or the funds to take that all important CPD training, yet do have a burning question they need an answer to as they think about developing their online services. Or perhaps the idea of offering a blended service of using their traditional skills and newer technological tools is just a faint idea, and they need to have the pertinent information within their grasp in order to make an informed decision about going down that road before committing to it.
So we wanted to do something new to meet those needs!
Those of you who are aware of our work at the Institute know that it is our mission to ensure as many practitioners are armed with what we know about working online before embarking upon doing so with those often vulnerable clients. One of my prouder moments was a graduate of mine who was able to say to me after investing in training that it was the best money she ever spent, as it told her that she was totally unsuited to the work and was so glad to have found that out beforehand. This is something we trainers should pay more attention to, I feel – knowing that sometimes when a training doesn’t work out for an individual, it isn’t a failure on our part or theirs – simply that not all tools and methods are suited to everybody. I remember during my core training being told I should sit with my wrist upwards and exposed as this indicated openness to the client. I just felt I was offering up my wrists to be slit, and the congruent me quickly abandoned that nugget of expert advice…
So we asked ourselves “how can we reach more people unprepared for using their skills in a digital environment, but who don’t want a full credential or can’t find the time and money to invest in this field as part of their continuing professional development? We can’t give it away – we’re not a charity, a library or a government entity. But we do have a mission that has been burning within us for well over 15 years now to help counsellors and coaches keep skills up to date in light of technological development and the changes in society that the Internet has brought, and TILT Magazine can only go part of the way in doing that.”
(To be honest, the discussion wasn’t as neatly put as that, and I may be paraphrasing somewhat…)
Anyway, what we have come up with is consolidating the knowledge and expertise we offer through our introductory courses into neat little resource guides! If you choose these, you’ll still be part of our community at our forum and Facebook groups for co-learning with our current and past students – and as an added bonus, if you decide that the time is right for you to take the course itself and be fully mentored by me or DeeAnna as you learn, you can simply upgrade! Woot! All this for under 50 quid!
Courses offered as both a credential and a resource guide:
Certified Aroma Coach
Certified Intuitive Practitioner