In episode 109 of the Podcast Aidan brought up the process of peer counselling. We definitely discuss it some and i offer some pointers but I thought it would be helpful to offer something longer on the subject. So I’m going to run a 5 session course on it at the following days and times. April 1, 3rd, 6th, 8th, & 10th at 11am eastern time for 45 minutes.
I had the pleasure of learning this from my friend Bruce in the mid 90’s. Since then it has been my monthly practice. Even more frequently during harder times like now. This practice will help you be more present, offer clearer attention, and learn about yourself and how you operate. This is not therapy and does not require a degree or special training. This course is intended to help build your network of support and ability to be supportive in your life. Both now and in the future.
Peer counselling, as I practice it, is based on the idea that people benefit from attention. That given some time to talk, and maybe some gentle questions or reflections, we can get the answers from within us.
We’ll talk about the following.
- What makes good attention.
- Creating containers.
- Defining what you need.
- Leap frogging.
- Clean up.
- Questions and reflection.
- Bigger issues and safety.
- Shifting the stories we live.
- Scripts and traps.
The class will consist of a live Zoom session (recording available) and a group for folks who want to meet others doing this work. This group will be a place to ask questions and meet other people. I can take no responsibility for the folks you’ll meet there. However, any bad behaviour will not be tolerated.
Invite your friends and loved ones to join. It will help you open up and grow closer with the folks you already love.
I want to make this course available widely so I am running it for free.
Sign up for the facebook group here.