5th Feb 16
6th February: some initial thoughts...
Really stimulating day yesterday on the workship by Dr Aaron Balick on "The Psychodynamics of Social Networking". The main points from this are that I will be developing a Digital Policy section for my website so that the key learning is integrated into how I practice. The use of the internet, social media and the dark net are so fully part of contemporary life that this now makes sense to do so. The extension of reality into the virtual and real digital world has created an expectation of immediacy that reframes how we view ourselves, each other and the wider world. It is clear that such a powerful tool as this information and communication superhighway can be both a potent tool and a harmful weapon, depending upon how we use it.
With social media, there is an important distinction between what we want others to see, and the whole of what there is to see or discover. What social media can do is to provide quick satisfaction to our innate need to be recognised and 'Liked' - that there is someone else out there who thinks and feels like we do - a virtual connection in an often disconnected world of fragmented and transient human relationships.
I will return to this subject area from time to time as I keep myself updated with developments in this area.
5th February : does it matter if your therapist has been in therapy or not?
A few years ago, BACP decided that it is no longer a requirement for Counsellors to have personal therapy. There are strong views both for and against this position. Over the coming days, I will share some of my personal views about this issue, which has been somewhat contentious since its inception. UKCP registrants sitll have to undertake persoanl therapy - as far as I am aware - certainly, if part of the Humanistic and Integratvie College of UKCP.
12th May, 16
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