It’s been nearly three weeks since I finished my last set of classes to graduate from my master’s program and two weeks since I passed my comp exam. One week later, and I’m already back to my original commitment before graduate school to engage in personal development work on a quarterly basis. I started doing this back in 2016 and had to press pause when I started graduate school a few years later (because, ya know, priorities). Grad school itself was personally transformative so anything beyond that was just overload.
I could probably use a break from learning, maybe do a little information detox, but I have far too much ambition for my own good. What can I say? I love to learn. And more than anything, I love sharing with people what I have learned to help improve their lives, relationships, career or business. Soooooo if you like learning too, then you are in good company.
Here are some of the trainings I plan on completing by the end of year. Ambitious, I know. Let’s see how it all pans out.
For personal development:
Personal Mastery Course – I signed up a year ago because it had been on my radar for a while and I had the money for it. This has been some deep work for me that led me to reconnecting with the therapist I had back in college when I was going through it. There has been a lot of resistance coming up for me doing this work. Being busy with grad school, I really wasn’t emotionally ready for it. However, given what I’ve learned about myself in the last three years through my program, I’m finally ready to move forward on where I left off to deal with my daddy issues.
The Art of Leadership – This is the first time I have progressed all the way through to advanced curriculum in my personal development journey. I have done basic workshops like Landmark Forum and Insight 1, but this past year, I completed a basic and advanced workshop as well as an impact coaching program. I have heard such great things about the leadership program. It could not have come at a better time right as I am winding down from grad school life and transitioning back into creating a life by my own design.
For professional development:
Master Imagery Facilitator Certification – I originally went the NLP route in hypnotherapy school, but I have heard such amazing things about the imagery program, including reports of hypnotherapists feelings much better prepared as an imagery facilitator. It has often been said that you can’t have hypnosis without imagery or imagery without hypnosis. For me, going through the entire curriculum has been a game changer so far and has really deepened my understanding of hypnosis from an imagery perspective. I’m almost done with the program. I would have been done by now, but I had to put this on the back burner to focus on studying for my comp exam. I passed my Comp Exam so it was a wise move on my part knowing when to let things go, even if it creates a temporary setback in one area to achieve progress in another.
TF-CBT – I signed up for this a year ago when I started my practicum. I am about half way through it, but I had to set this aside to focus on school. I was getting really overwhelmed for a hot minute. I didn’t want to take this training just to say I completed it. I’ve legit taken my time so I can actually understand what I’m learning. I learn a little bit at a time, then I apply it before learning a little bit more and then applying. Besides, it seems very focused on working with children and I don’t work with children yet so this hasn’t been a big priority. However, half way through it and I realized that the concepts being taught are very well applicable to adults.
Gottman Clinical Foundations – I signed up for this because I really wanted to do thr training, but I also didn’t want to pay full price for it after school, so I took advantage of the student discount while I was still an active student. I am super excited to dig into this after learning about the Gottman Method in my couples class. I use a lot of these principles in my own relationship and it really does make a difference in relational satisfaction. I also lucked out being with a man who is open to learning and growing and having honest conversations about relationships.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Certification – My practicum site did not provide me with any certifications I can walk away with, so I am taking it upon myself to get my own training to increase my competency and improve clinical outcomes. As a hypnotherapist, I’m naturally inclined to focus on solutions so this seemed like the first evidence-based practice worth pursuing as I develop my skills as a psychotherapist.
Grief Treatment Certification Training – In all honesty, I am a sucker for sales and Psychotherapy Networker got me good on Memorial Day Weekend. I invested in this training as well as two others. I was very intentional about which ones I signed up for based on themes I have been seeing in my own practice in the past year. I knew for sure I wanted dive deeper into grief work in light of my own experiences going through complex grief. And in light of the coronavirus, grief has been a prominent issue I would like to address with even greater competency from an evidence-based perspective rather than subjective experiences.
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) Training Course – I signed up for this to learn more about the neuroscience of anxiety. I don’t think hypnosis for anxiety is for everyone. With this training, I will get to understand why I think that way from a more grounded place rather than my own theories. This girl is data driven so I like being able to support my theories with existing research and learned more evidence-based practices for working with anxiety.
Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (C-DBT) Training – I am a huge fan of DBT ever since I got introduced to it by a previous therapist I had before reconnecting with the therapist in college. I have the books, but reading them doesn’t necessarily make me competent in this modality. This will be the first time I get to dive in deep into this modality and get myself certified in an approach I have long had an interest in for a couple years now.
That’s a lot on my plate. Fortunately, I can work through everything at my own place. I use a project management tool like Trello or Asana to keep it all organized for myself.
The thing I am most excited about being done with grad school classes is that now, I get to set my own curriculum.
What are you most excited to learn about these days?