Continuing Professional Development
My continuing professional development is an integral part of my work as a therapist. My commitment to ongoing training and development is essential to me as an individual and to my practice. This ensures I am in a position to offer my clients the support they deserve.
An example of this is that in the last few years I have been engaged with the 'This Can Happen' Conference, where companies address Mental Health in the Work Place. After the inaugural Conference, that was attended by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, I worried whether the atmosphere and content of the Conference could be replicated. I needn’t have been concerned. In 2019 1000 delegates from 180 companies and 90 speakers gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre to address the growing need for change in attitudes towards mental health in the work place and what companies have already put in place since last year. This year, the Conference took place online and was as well supported as ever.
Part of the motivation for the Conference was research carried out by Accenture. This showed the need to reappraise young workers entering the work place. They often feel more pressure than their senior colleagues. 77% of young workers will have experienced a mental health challenge by the time they are 30. 1 in 5 18-30 year olds have self -harmed, 48% have had suicidal thoughts.
The annual Conference focuses on the huge gap that employers have to fill if they want a successful work place. It needs to start with leadership: Chief Executives being able to stand up and talk about their own struggles with mental health issues to bring about a cultural change.
Here is a short video that provides an insight into the work of the latest Conference from November 2020