Friday, 9 February 2018

Supporting, Signing off, and... Slimming

Well hello again. It has been a long time since I last posted, and I am sorry. What that means, however, is that I have lots of things to catch you all up on. So stick around to see what I have been up to these past few months.

Well, first and foremost I would like to tell you that I have been signed off from college for my Counselling foundation degree. What does that mean? Have I passed the course? Am I now a counsellor?
The short answer is I can now practice on 'real' people (i.e not peers on my course). As part of my training to become a counsellor, there is a requirement for a placement of at least 100 hours client contact in a therapeutic setting. So whilst I am not a qualified counsellor yet, I am able to start putting what I have learnt into practice. I am only seeing 2 clients at the moment, but I will be working up to 4 clients a week. My time in this placement will be overseen by my supervisor who I will have regular meetings with to discuss any personal or professional issues which I may have. This is to ensure that I satisfy all ethical and practical requirements. These requirements come from the BACP, where my placement is held, and also from my tutors at college. By complying with these requirements, my clients (and myself) will be kept safe from harm.
Secondly, I am now working as a support worker with Danshell. They manage residential units and hospitals for individuals with Autism, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. The unit I am employed at is geared more towards Autism, but there are some other issues which the service users present with too. The work there is always varied, but incredibly rewarding. It is so amazing to be able to see the difference I am making to the service users' lives, and the whole team are committed to providing good standards of care. It also helps that we are able to have fun at work too. It is definitely not your standard 9-5 office job... where else do you get to go to the cinema, go swimming, play with water, and help cook tea, and it all be part of the job?
...aaaaaand finally, I am looking to start on Slimming World. I have heard great things about its programme (and have seen the results myself in a few friends). It all seems to be very supportive and common-sense in its approach. This is an important thing for me. If things seem too sensational and vague as to the reasons why, then I am inclined to declare it a snake-oil operation and move on swiftly. So, when I found a deal for the starter pack, free enrolment, and two weeks free meetings I just had to snap it up. I am going to start with a small goal, and then adjust accordingly until I find a level at which my body feels healthy and well-balanced. Wish me luck!

So, these are a few of the main things which have been going on in my life recently. There are other things too which I may share in future posts, but for now I need to see how they pan out. Some good, some not so good, but it will pass eventually.
Thank you for taking the time to read my most recent update, I hope you are all doing well, and I wish you the very best. See you again soon (hopefully!)

Aaron :)

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