CSTD Learning Community

For CSTD Graduates and Fellow Supervision Graduates who are currently writing, or planning to write about some aspect of their work practice.

Friday 18th May 2018 from 9.45am – 4pm

at Barrow Castle, Rush Hill, Bath BA2 2QT

Cost:   £40 - and bring lunch to share

We are currently in the process of forming a Learning Community for CSTD Graduates and Associates who are currently writing, or planning to write about some aspect of their work practice.  This came out of the last CSTD CPD day where a few of us expressed an interest in this.  The aim of the learning community is to create a supportive network in which we can present, discuss and get feedback on our writing and our thinking that informs it.  We envisage meeting for 3 or 4 days a year with the intention of committing to the Learning Community on an ongoing basis, attending all days where possible.  We appreciate people may need to come to the first day to check out if is what they want!  Judy has kindly offered the use of Barrow Castle for this endeavour.  Details of the first meeting below:

9.45am     Arrivals

10.00am    Introductions/ Creative Group activity

10.30am    Individual participant presentation of writing and group discussion

11.30am    Break

11.45am    Individual participant presentation of writing and group discussion

12.45pm    Lunch/Networking

1.45pm     Small group presentations/ discussions about our writing

2.45pm     Break

3.00pm     Identify what we want from future days, how we want to work together and planning for the
                next session.        

4.00pm     Close

Further information

The group will essentially develop as a peer led group, although I will assume some responsibility for coordination, to ensure the practicalities of group and structure of the days are attended to.  My hope is we can develop a supportive, creative and enjoyable space to reflect on our writing and have some fun learning together!  There will be a nominal cost for each day of £40 to cover the venue and administrations costs.  If you are keen to be part of this but not able to make a Friday then please let us know and we can hopefully look at what works for all of us.

If you wish to discuss this further, please get in touch with Judy or myself on the contacts below.  Please let me know if you are keen to present some writing on the first day.

Liz Mason:  Tel:  01225 763531       

Judy Ryde:  Tel: 01225 444911 

I look forward to meeting some of you in November.

With Best Wishes

Liz Mason

May 2017 CPD Event for Graduates

A small group of CSTD Graduates and all members of staff met at Barrow Castle for the day on May 7th. It was a stimulating event led by Peter Hawkins with some input from a couple of Graduates, Richard Sale and Liz Mason, who ran discussion groups in the afternoon.

Peter's talk focused on the theme of 'Resourcing' ourselves as Supervisors. Some key ideas include:
- how do we work from 'source' rather than effort
- how do we not fall into over-serving our supervisees, but create a collaborative engagement
- supervision is not just a restorative activity....but one that tries to develop capacity within supervisees to live with disturbance and fragmentation (for example)
- supervision is not a 'petrol station' for filling up with is more a place where we can get re-energised...using 'solar panels' for renewable energy
- a place to find meaning and purpose in fall in love again with our work

Peter also upheld a position of working from a place of compassion, seeing life as a generous teacher, having gratitude for the events that bring us the next lesson in life

With a delicious Buffet lunch, and a meditative walk around the grounds of the Castle, it was indeed a nourishing day.   

We plan to hold similar events at Barrow Castle approximately once a year, sometimes on a Saturday, sometimes Sunday, and in different seasons in order to appreciate the setting at different times of year. Future days are likely to include opportunities to give/receive supervision in order to include development of one's own practice

Jane Purkiss on behalf of the CSTD Staff Team