12/3/2014 – talking about sex and attachment with the Mphil

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Today marked my final day teaching in Sri Lanka, and it went off with a bang. I delivered two half day teaching sessions to the Mphil clinical psychology students at the University of Colombo. The morning session was on talking to clients about sex, which led to some really interesting discussions. In the afternoon, our focus was on parent-infant attachment, and the importance this has for lifelong mental health and wellbeing. It was a real privilege to teach the students on two topics that I am passionate about – a great way to end my time working with Samutthana.

It’s been a fantastic experience and I’d like to say a huge thank you to the whole Samutthana team for all their hard work and support during our time in Sri Lanka.

7/3/2014 – Self care with Emerge

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Today I had the pleasure of supporting Louise Gordon, Samutthana’s wonderful assistant psychologist, in delivering a workshop on self care to the dedicated Emerge team. Louise talked the team through how to look after themselves when dealing with the challenges of their highly stressful and emotive roles. We were also able to have some important discussions about managing confidentiality and risk, and supporting each other as a team. It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to really get to know the whole Emerge team and contribute to their important work supporting girls who have survived sexual abuse. Congratulations to Louise for her expert facilitation of this challenging workshop  – she left me little to do but sit back and admire!

5/3/2014 – Systemic therapy with the Mphil

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Today marked my first day of teaching without Jennie, who landed back in the UK this afternoon. She is already sorely missed by the whole Samutthana team, but I think it is safe to say that I will feel her loss the most, as we have worked so closely together over the past two months. I’d like to take this opportunity to offer her a very, very big thank you for all of her hard work here in Sri Lanka.

Today’s teaching session was an introduction to systemic therapy with the Mphil clinical psychology students at the University of Colombo. It was great to work with this enthusiastic group again, and to hear their ideas about how some of the more abstract ideas behind systemic working could be applied within the Sri Lankan context. I look forward to my final teaching session with them next week.