Thursday, 29 January 2009

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Interventions Course

Started a new course tonight CBT interventions runnings for 3 hours on a Thursday evening for 30 weeks. Didn't feel so much like going back to school but the first day of school. As a person centred trained counsellor, learning to work in a CBT is like starting all over again, at least those were the thoughts and feelings I was having today.

Although most of tonight was introductions and getting to grips with course requirements and learning outcomes we did get to spend a little time looking at a CBT model. And I think it looks great! Using a systems model it was very easy to see how a persons thoughts, feelings, behaviour and physiology are all connected and changing one thing in the system changes everything. This feels exciting and empowering as I think of my role as a counsellor and my experience as a client.

There are definite challenges though including starting every session with a written agenda and setting people homework. And yet this is not far from what already happens in my counselling ro as I ask people how they want to use the time and we explore what emerges in sessions and how it might affect their day to day life.

Feels like a good start tonight and I look forward to learning loads!

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Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Streaming News

Today I have managed to stream video to and then back to Simple steps but has felt like a mamoth task when I have no knowledge of coding or anything much more technicalbthan email :)

Next stop how to make a secure page for ticket holders ... Watch this space!

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OCTIA Streaming News

Streaming has begun

I managed to stream video from my webcam to the server at last night and view the video on their server.

Next step to see if I can view the live feed on the flash player on, should help now I have the right code :)

Any comments on using for live streaming?

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Sunday, 25 January 2009

OCTIA website now has video

After many hours of frustration and confusion finally has video.

I have been struggling with the excellent embedded flash player from and eventually managed to get it working, as usual some silly mistakes from me greatly slowing down my progress but this did not dilute my satisfaction when I saw video playing on the website!

I promptly recorded my first ever vlog (video podcast) and posted it to the site. Feels like a lot of firsts tonight and feel like I have really achieved something *beaming*

The next piece of learning will be how to get the video player to recieve streaming video, hopefully much easier to learn :)

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First OCTIA Vlog

Saturday, 24 January 2009

First ticket sold

Today is a big day for OCTIA as the first ticket to the conference was sold, and it was bought by an online delegate!

Feels like Online Counselling is coming of age in a whole new way. As a group of people who specialize in forming meaningful relationships through the Internet, it seems really fitting that we are enthusiatic about connecting to each other as proffessionals regardless of the distance between us.

I am thinking that the distance may be measured in miles, perhaps we are not able to afford to travel or have other circumstances that prohibit our physical presence. But our ability and willingness to overcome these obstacles at OCTIA reflects what we are able to offer individuals who seek a therapeutic relationship with us!

This is just so exciting!

Please join us and share the excitement at

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Tuesday, 20 January 2009


Well what a busy few days it has been for the OCTIA team!

We have booked a venue, built a website and started to talk to speakers for the first conference to be held in the UK for online counsellors.

So I am not surprised that I woke up this morning at 4.30am thinking about OCTIA!

I am really excited to be part of this project as I am sure we are pushing the boundaries of the technology as we look for solutions to stream live video and audio in and out of the conference and connect with Second Life.

Not that this technology hasn't been used before but more that is is becoming accessible to the ordinary person who isn't a technical expert.

I think that is part of what is making online counselling more accessible to everyone as computer technology gets more friendly and less terrifying .... some of the time :)

Check us out here I am sure you wont regret it!

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Outliers finished

Finished Reading outliers and loved it! Fascinated by a school in the Bronx that challenges the idea that children need plenty of rest and play time and adopt the rice growing culture of intensive hard work making a difference to individuals.

I am really warmed by the conclusion that what we need most if all is a chance! And given that chance we can all be "Outliers"

Experiencing this potential in another human being is one of the special privilidges I experience as a counsellor and wondering if what I offer could be one of those "chances"

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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Who is good at maths?

Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers cites a theory that you could preside someones maths ability from the length of time that they spend wrestling with a problem.

I am excited to think that perhaps I struggle with maths not because I am not capable but because I am not spending enough time.

Is this what happens in the therapy room? Ring fencing time to think usefully about problems and allowing ourselves to find a way forward that's right for us?

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Tuesday, 13 January 2009


I have been listening to Malcolm Gladwells book "Outliers" as an audio book from today and really enjoying it.

He describes success not being the product of an outstanding individual rising effortlessly to the top of their field but as a "good enough" individul accruing advantages through such things as heritage, early family life, coaching, practice and opportunity.

I am wondering whether counselling could become one of those advantages, or even make up for the lack of some of those advantages?

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Thursday, 1 January 2009

Well ... its the new year and I am starting it by chilling out ... I think :)

Spending some time gardening in Second Life and you can see some of the results in the pic here.

Just realising how much my creative juices can be stifled as I worry about putting tree's in the "right" places, managed to loosen that a little and put some out randomly, how risky hehe

Feels good to start the year in the garden!

Have a good one!