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Monday, 26 January 2009

Preparing to teach at the ACC Conference

I am currently preparing for some training sessions at a Conference to be held at the end of January. A better Offering - Intimacy and Involvement” is the title of the four day event hosted by the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) which is held at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, on a biannual basis. I am actually teaching for the first two days and then becoming a delegate for the second two days - a very enjoyable mix.


Preparing to teach for two days - when you know your audience is going to be hanging on your every word and ready to pounce - can be quite challenging and as part of my preparation for this I have been reading an interesting document by Cliff Atkinson and Richard Mayer with the title “Five ways to reduce PowerPoint overload”.


The problem of PowerPoint overload is a serious issue. Many people have had more than enough of presentations which clearly shut down understanding instead of opening it up.


Anyone who is any good at report writing will know that the real challenge is deciding what to include and what can be left out. Likewise with PowerPoint. When you think you’re impressing people by putting everything you know on your PowerPoint slide, you’re actually doing the opposite by shutting down their cognitive processes! So say Atkinson and Mayer, and I am inclined to agree with them.


Back to the Conference at Swanick. Around 400 counsellors and therapists will be attending the event and it is a great time to meet up with old friends and to make new ones. Stories of ‘scary clients’ are told long into the night by those who frequent the bar. I am there to teach about Psychological Debriefing which is a subject which gets mixed reviews at the moment. However, for the second two days I will be listening in on a number of different workshops which are focusing on other areas of counselling.


I'll let you know how I get on!

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