Plans for 2014

2014 will be my first full year working independently and I am looking forward to it. I thought I’d write here about my plans.

I’m in the fortunate position of already having work until November.

I am working with the Institute of Family Therapy to help deliver their Agency Based Training to Social Care staff in Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire. The course is the equivalent of the first year of a 4 year Systemic qualifying course. By the end of the year I’ll have taught that 7 times so I’m building up lots of resources and experience.

The ABT training is aimed to help Local Authorities deliver the “Reclaiming Social Work” agenda, underpinned by the Munro report. Essentially it is aiming to help them move away from overly bureaucratic and defensive practices and to focus more on the processes of engaging and working directly with families to improve children’s lives.

As I am both a Social Worker and a Family Therapist this work fits really well with my training and experience.

In Stoke I’ve been working with other Family Therapists, Annette Howes and Karen Beswick, enjoying the challenges and the successes of helping people understand and apply systemic ideas to their practice. It’s also been great spending time with colleagues talking about our ideas and our work, sometimes over the odd drink or two!

In Derbyshire I’m going to be working with a colleague from Morning Lane Associates who will be someone from a Social Care background.

I’m planning to write more about the training throughout the year.

I’m also planning, with colleagues, to write for publication about a multi family group for adopted and fostered children and their carers/adoptive parents which I helped to run last year.I’ll talk about that here in a future post.

As part of taking an ethical stance in my clinical work I am in the process of working out the details of running a Family Therapy clinic pro bono for Leicester Family Action which I hope will start in the next couple of months.

I’m going to be meeting up with colleagues in a number of settings. IFT are providing a training day on 21st February for all those involved in the ABT programme. Before that I’m going to be meeting with some people I used to work with to talk about Self Employment, it’s dilemmas and rewards over coffee and cakes!

Later in the year I’ll be going to the Association of Family Therapy annual conference in Liverpool. I’ve never been to Liverpool so I’ve got an extra reason for looking forward to that.

I wrote a piece about one of the workshop I attended at the last conference which should appear in AFT’s magazine  Context in a month or so. I’m also going to write more about the workshops I went to at the 2013 conference.

On top of all of that I will also be working to develop my services, part of which will be writing here regularly. It will be interesting to see what I make of it in the next 12 months!

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