Welcome to 2016 and three forthcoming events

Welcome to 2016.  It's been a cold start to the year here in Stavanger, but come and join me at three forthcoming events, for a chance to think, explore, reflect and learn.  I can't promise there won't be a thick layer of ice on the ground outside, but I can promise a warm welcome and a chance to meet new people in a 'koselig' atmosphere.

It’s going to be a busy year for Counselling Psychology Stavanger, beginning with an invitation to be the guest speaker at the PWC Stavanger General Meeting, on the 13th January, which I was delighted to accept. I’ll be talking about raising children away from 'home', some of the challenges and things to be aware of, and strategies to help develop and support children's emotional resilience, wherever life takes you.  It’s a topic that is important to me, from both personal and professional perspectives and I’m looking forward to it hugely. The meeting is open to all PWC members, anybody who is considering joining PWC, or anybody who is interested in the topic. See here for more details.

The following week, I begin the Developing Parenting Skills, Confidence and Self-Esteem course, hosted by the British School (BISS), but again open to all members of the community. I’m very excited to be leading this course for a second time, and looking forward to meeting another group of parents who want to take the time to explore and reflect on their experience of being a parent, and to share and learn more about how they can develop their skills, confidence and self-esteem. There are still a few places left if you would like to join. Please just get in touch.

On February 11th I’ll be talking at ISS (the International School of Stavanger) about how parents can support their children's emotional development, better understand anxiety and will share strategies to encourage listening and talking, as part of the ISS monthly Morning Connections meetings. It is always lovely to be asked to talk about a topic I find so interesting and important, and I’m really looking forward to meeting more of the ISS parents and staff.

These events are all open to the community, so please do come and join one or even all of them. I look forward to seeing you there!

In the UK the national Children’s Mental Health Week takes place from the 8th to the 14th February 2016, so these events are very well timed. I’ll be posting regularly on children’s mental health during January and February, on the Counselling Psychology Stavanger Facebook page, so please like the page to follow these posts.