The last few days have seen me once more dug into the depths of the little black box which has been my companion for the last two and a half years - strange how 'friendly' such a black plastic box can get to feel - my window on so many friendships.

This time i am in process of revising the Buddhist psychology distance learning programme. With the various changes this year, I have had to move files from one site to another and moving them has not proved easy - endless copying and pasting of minutiae of diagrams and images along with text, not to mention juggling passwords. Never mind! Every cloud has a silver lining and this one came in the form of the realisation that this shift was the opportunity for a major re-fit of the programme. So it is that from October 2012 the Buddhist psychology Distance Learning will have a new look. For one thing there is scope to revise it - add in new references and on-line materials and re-write sections to accommodate shifts in my thinking.

One change which I am introducing is that I have decided to split up the course into shorter modules. This is because those who take the course often have different needs. Some participants and students on our Advanced Certificate programme and need  grounding in basic counselling theory and professional considerations. Others are experienced therapists looking to ground their work in Buddhist models. The new programme will allow people to take some or all of the main modules whilst offering some optional units on particular themes. Much of the old material will be re-used - its a bit like cutting up old garments to make a patchwork quilt - but there is new stuff too. Above all I am changing the order. The first term will be an over view of the fundamentals of the model - Four Noble Truths, Dependent Origination, the nature of self and theories of attachment. The spring will offer a more in depth study of the mind models. In between there will be learning units on methodology and professional issues.

I am really enjoying putting the materials together and re-shaping them to fit our developing needs. Full details will be on the web soon, and the whole new system will be up and running for the autumn. That said I should maybe get back to the blog site and post the next unit!

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