As a celebrant, I take the issue of continuing professional development, training and education very seriously. This year I aim to work on my voice and delivery; to learn more about bereavement support; to master IT skills needed to conduct online ceremonies; to join the University of Glasgow’s End of Life Studies online masters degree.
Some relevant training courses and workshops I have attended.
Certificate in Life Coaching (NCFE) awarded by Newcastle College. Lots of training in active listening that has proved really valuable in my work as a funeral celebrant.
GREAT Grief – workshop run by Ted Bowman, an American educator and trainer in all aspects of grief.
End of Life Aid Skills for Everyone (EASE) – 4-module course developed by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care in conjunction with the Good Life Good Death Good Grief project and delivered at Abertay University, Dundee.
End of Life Care: Challenges and Innovation – online course developed by the University of Glasgow End of Life Studies.
Ageing Populations: Lessons in Healthy Ageing from Japan online course developed by Keio University, Japan
In January I became a Dementia Friend, Scotland
February: Planning for End of Life workshop, run by End of Life Doula UK
October: Conference: Non-binary Thinking, Understanding LGBTQIA+ Identity run by Ceremony Matters.
October: Creating Rituals for Healing & Change workshop run by William Ayot
January: Conference: Racial Equity – Deeper than Skin run by Ceremony Matters.
January: Started MSc three year part time) in End of Life Studies at Glasgow University