I am thrilled to report that I have made it halfway through Level II training! Of course, I can’t seem to get anything done unless I lock myself inside the “office” of our tiny apartment. My husband is extremely supportive, and is helping me to find the time to complete my work, even if it’s reeeeeally late at night. Our daughter, on the other hand, is not quite as willing to share her precious “Mommy Time”, which is why most of the work is done after she’s in bed, after the dishes are washed, after the clothes are folded. Finally, after our little home is quiet, I plug away at my homework.
Each time I sit down to work, I have to shift my thinking. For the time being, I have to turn off my wife/mother/waitress brain and turn on my student/therapist brain. This is time for me to grow and learn, and hopefully become a better therapist, educator, and learner with each interaction I share with other professionals.
I find it so refreshing to be reunited with others who are at a similar point in their journey. I use the word “similar” rather than “same”, because it is clear that we all bring varying experiences and personalities to the table. For me, the empathy we share as we discuss our insecurities about our inexperience, is a balm, and then we can leave them at the door. We need not be ashamed that we don’t have years upon years of experience, because we are reminded that we all had to start at the beginning and move forward. The best part is that we all had a different starting point, and we are able to share our past experiences with one another in order to help each other grow. Some of us are principals, some are teachers, some are parents who want to help their own children, some are purely curious about the concept of Educational Therapy. We come from private schools, public schools, private practices, and homes all over the world. Some are naturally leaders, while others are learning to become leaders. Regardless of our starting points, we are all working together to get the hang of this next level of our profession so that we can become stronger therapists and our students can become stronger learners.