I just got back from a week long excursion to catch up on my Continuing Education Units (CEU) for my Coaching practice.
A lot of professions require Continuing Ed so you stay current with ethics and techniques, and often its viewed as a hassle so people wait to the very last minute. I had an attorney friend who every year crammed all her credits into day long online classes in December to make the deadline.
I could do my CEU’s online but it had been several years since I had an opportunity to get back to my Gestalt roots so I signed up for two different sessions. Because my little sister lives 10 minutes down the road from the institute this plan had the added bonus of hanging out with family in the evenings.
Those five days I spent immersed in Gestalt process really felt luxurious like a reward or treat.
Don’t get me wrong our highly skilled instructors pushed and pulled and modeled and it was completely exhausting.
But I had a chance to observe other coaches and facilitators and appreciate methods and possibilities that wouldn’t have occurred to me. I had space and time to practice techniques that I’m good at, and re-learn those skills that have gotten a bit rusty.
I know CEU’s are in service to the client and regulating the profession, but this was more like I had checked into a Spa where all I had to think about was myself. Turning my phone off for 4 hours at a time, trying to capture insights in my journal, reevaluating what I thought I knew about myself as a coach and facilitator.
When I was describing my enjoyment to a colleague as a treat that I gave myself, it reminded me of a meme my daughter shared.
I hope all your CEU’s for the coming year are Spa CEU’s.