This summer I am using some of my "down-time" to deepen my understanding of my client's concerns. The month long course on Spiritual and Pastoral Visitor training was filled with fascinating people who represented the diversity of our city. Most of the participants were volunteers but the group also contained leaders of various faith communities.
The Refugee Mental Health course I just completed was offered by CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) . This was an intense and multi faceted program designed to inform and strengthen one's basic counselling skills. Many of my assumptions were challenged and I found myself learning a lot more than I anticipated.
Both courses offered me the opportunity for professional development, which I greatly support.