In September 2020, I will be resuming my live courses. This is a big step after so many months of lockdown.
The current restrictions do not affect my courses as they come under the bracket of educational and training events and also because they provide psychological support at a challenging time when anxiety is far higher than usual for many people. They are exempt. See this link form the Gov.uk website:
I am looking forward to welcoming you to the courses and will do everything in my power to keep the courses safe, but this requires co-operation from everyone on the course, and I welcome your input.
The venues that I am using are requiring certain safeguards and assurances, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The highest risk age group for passing the virus is 20-40, so if you are in that age group, I am asking you to take especially care that you don’t unknowingly bring the virus to other members of the event you are attending. Particularly 12-week courses. The rule of 6 social gathering restrictions will assist this.
You will be asked to take your temperature before attending the course as this is the fastest way of establishing whether you are infected. Please also wash your hands before and after the course, and hand sanitiser will also be available for your use. My venues are asking you to change before arriving at the course, and please be sure to take your belongings home with you
We also will need to wear face masks throughout the session, unless that requirement changes or you are exempt from wearing a mask. Please bring a facemask with you. This is unlikely to affect your participation or the results you receive from the course or workshop, and for some people, it may aid your participation. This is because you will be learning to respond to others intuitively – and this will also help you when relating to others when wearing a mask.
We will be practising social distancing as much as we can during the session, and we will taking precautions during the expressive activities to prevent the spread of the virus. I also will be providing disposable plastic gloves for certain activities.
We are required to practice Test and Trace and therefore if a member of the group discovers they may have been infected when attending the course, we will all need to isolate according to government guidelines (unless a COVID negative test result enables us to continue with the live course). Alternatively, I will move the session online until it is safe for us to meet in a live setting.
If you are unable to attend due to a COVID 19 infection, or we need to move the course online due to a second wave, or the venue closes, or there is a local lockdown, and you are unable to attend the course on Zoom, you will be able to make up the session you missed, when next I run this course.
It is courageous to choose to participate at this time, but at no other time are my courses more needed. If you know you need to attend but are anxious about the consequences of attending, please get in touch so I can help you assess the risks.
I am really hoping that if we all work together to protect each other from the virus, I will be able to run all 12-week courses, as well offer the other live events on the autumn calendar.
If you have any concerns about these safeguards or your own vulnerability, please get in touch with me through the form below. You will have an opportunity to express your concerns or requests to other course or workshop participants at the beginning of the first session.