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2014

All Change again! January-March: Ran a 9-week version of ‘Understanding Yourself & Others: an Introduction to Psychology’ for Rossett. Commentary: For various reasons, this was the first ‘Intro’ course we had run since 2012. It was one of the best attended courses I had run for Rossett; and, while it wasn’t without its challenges, they proved a delightful class to work with. 4 were returners from the last Psychology Topics course and almost all of them expressed a strong desire to take part in the next Psychology Topics. April: Left Woodhouse Grove to concentrate on my private tuition and therapy businesses. Commentary: More than any other school I had been involved with since the days of HemsMESH – perhaps because of the GREEN in their Methodist tradition – Woodhouse Grove saw education as being about developing the whole person. This was something I had been banging on about since I had written Formation more than Education back in 2004. This ethos was reflected in the school not only getting kids to university but also in turning out a number of people who went on to have viable careers in the media and performing arts as well as a regular handful of… Read More

2013

Endings and Beginnings January-April: Supported 2 individual therapy clients for what turned out to be a prolonged series of sessions for both of them, requiring an almost Psychoanalytic approach to explore deep historical issues. Commentary: One of the clients was based in another country, requiring us to use Skype. Also, English was not the first language of this client. What we were able to accomplish in those sessions far exceeded my expectations – though the client’s willingness to try techniques and her determination to progress her issues were critical factors in the success of the sessions. March: The Woodhouse Grove results from the Psychology A-Level exams in January showed a solid improvement over the previous January, with almost no Us and a couple of pretty good As. This time around it was the Rossett Psychology results which were mixed. Amongst the small handful of Sociology students at Rossett, one got an A and 2 Bs. In the even smaller Health & Social Care group, one student predicted a D scored a good B. The small handful of private tutees I had facilitated included 2 As. March-June: Phenomenally busy supporting private tutees. By May I was supporting 8 private tutees – in… Read More

2010

Busy!!! January-June: A very busy period that saw me facilitating 4 multi-session therapy clients and, at the peak of this period, 7 Psychology A-Level tutees – plus periodic returns of ‘Julie’ (now in the final year of her degree, very focused and very determined to get a 1st) and the Open University student from the previous year. On top of this I was attending Open University tutorials myself and undertaking my first written assignments for the course as well as holding down 3 days a week teaching at Rossett and one at Guiseley. April: Accepted into the Professional Guild of NLP, recognising my qualification of ‘Master Practitioner’. Commentary: For a number of years I had been wary of being labelled an ‘NLPer’ due to my concerns about the way NLP tends to be presented and taught – see my reservations about NLP in the FAQs section. Recently, however, greater concerns had arisen with regard to the divisions in the counselling & therapy communities created by the prospect of imminent government regulation. It was becoming increasingly apparent that some approaches to therapy – eg: CBT – were very much in favour with the would-be regulators – while others such as NLP were… Read More

2003

Change Engineer, Psychology Teacher! Jan: Kicked off the New Year with a Cobus  planning summit. Led by Steve Beevers, of course, the session also featured Steve’s wife, Susan Rose , a trainer and consultant in her own right, and Lloyd Thomas, another leading light from 21st Century Group days. Commentary: After something of a mixed year for Cobus (with minmal involvement from me), this was an attempt to reinvigorate the company. For much of the previous year, Steve had been distracted from his consultancy work by getting a new business, Cyclerax, off the ground. In truth, little real activity came out of the planning session and the more lucrative Cyclerax largely dominated Beevers’ thinking over the next few years. Jan: Started working with the Consortium for Learning Board on Phase 2 of their Business Plan. Jan: Asked to do Personal Therapy with ‘Jasmine’, a heroin ‘addict’ wanting to quit the drug. Commentary: I wouldn’t pretend for a second that I can *cure* heroin addiction but the therapy did make a real difference. (Jasmine’s case study can be viewed in the Services pages.) Feb-Mar: Facilitated the Alcrest Academy in developing a new Business Plan. Commentary: Alcrest boss Allan Wakefield was a director of the Consortium for Learning, had… Read More

2001

Humberside MeshWORK… Jan: Carried out major piece of therapy, using Penny Parks’ Mistaken Belief Visualisation (1994) to facilitate the healthy development of vMEMES. Commentary: The story of ‘Susan’ is told in the Services Case Studies section. Jan: Returned to teaching part-time (as supply) – encouraged by teachers from St Mary’s College who felt it was important I had front-line classroom experience if I was to introduce the Gravesian approach and related Change Management methodologies into local Education. Commentary: I had quit teaching 22 years previously and never thought I would go back to it. However, with business not exactly flooding in and wanting to further my understanding of the Gravesian approach as applied in the classroom, it seemed like a good option…for the short term! (From the research angle, the result was A Downward Spiral… in the Education pages.) Jan-Feb: Assisted Afton Court Retirement Home (Bridlington) recruit a new manager. Jan-Feb: Facilitated strategic planning sessions with the Garths Board of Directors. Consequently asked to become a Director myself; agreed to become an ‘Expert Advisor’ to the Board on a voluntary basis. Commentary: I turned down directorship on the grounds of potential conflict of interest. (I wanted to sell my services to the Garths.)… Read More

1988-1996

The Bridge Years Oct 88: Due to a misunderstanding with the embryonic Bridge training & consultancy operation who headhunted me, left Hellmann Mitchell Cotts 3 months before Bridge had the financial structures in place to afford me! So used my experience as a buyer and my knowledge of purchasing systems to secure work as a freelance administration consultant with Bradford-based Stylus Graphics Ltd (formerly one of my suppliers at Hellmann) and ICM Ltd in Leeds. Feb 89: Joined Bridge, based in Bradford. Wrote their library of training courses. These courses were very successful – and, apart from minor updates, they remained unchanged for over 5 years. (This in spite of considered reviews.) An attempt by other people in the Bridge organisation in 1994 to modularise the courses against units of the Management NVQs was abandoned because it was felt the project would end up altering the integral nature of the courses too much. Also undertook ‘hands on’ training – delivering a range of management, sales and communication skills – both to specific clients and via open seminars. This period included providing training to the sales force of Vileda, one of Britain’s most prestigious names in FMCG household goods – the UK division of a multi-national. During… Read More

Course Quotes #3

And more of the things they’ve said about these Workshops… “Fun! Interactive! Engaging! And when the end of the lesson arrives, I’m disappointed that’s all we have time for, until next time! Thank you so much, Keith. I’ve loved my time in your lessons.” – Hannah Hooper, Rossett participant, 2016 “I have really loved being on your course and truly enjoyed every session I attended. Attending your course has confirmed to me that Psychology is something I would like to increase my knowledge in. I hope to use the things I learn over time to help others in their lives, especially with regards people’s lack of love for themselves/lack of confidence…. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and for your great love of Psychology.” – Ruth Hurdon, Rossett participant, 2016 “Loved all of it. Thank you very much. Looking forward to Jan 17.” – Cathryn Barnes, Rossett participant, 2016 “Notes are excellent – good to have a hard copy to take away after going through an overhead projector. Good interactions with quizzes to break up formal learning sessions.” – Anne Gray, Rossett participant, 2017 “It has built my confidence when it comes to future learning/studying. You make every lesson enjoyable. I think each student feels involved and the… Read More

Client Quotes

Comments from letters, emails, evaluation forms, etc. Newest comments at the top; oldest at the bottom. “My son found Keith to be really helpful.” – Colin Halliday, parent (2017) “Our daughter visited Keith for several months for help prepare her for the AS and A Level Psychology exams. During this time, she made excellent progress not only in terms of her subject knowledge but also her exam technique. Keith is an extremely good tutor and built up a great rapport with her, encouraging her to reach her full potential. She is now much more confident about facing the exams and has in fact decided to take Psychology at university, recently receiving an offer from Durham. We can thoroughly recommend Keith without any reservations.” – David Horner, parent (2017) “Very good standard of teaching and value for money.” – Lesley Griffin, parent (2017) “We are grateful for your time and work with Fi and would happily recommend you to others.” – Gabe Kilner, parent (2016) “I seriously doubt a different tutor for Psychology would have enabled Tom to grow and develop his academic capabilities as well as you have. I, my husband and, of course Tom, are so grateful we ‘found’ you.  The success in his A’ levels were the ‘icing on the cake’.  And I do… Read More

The Gernia Variation

Updated: 28 April 2016 For her MeshWORK projects in rural South Africa, Gernia Van Niekerk has developed a more action-oriented version of 4Q/8L It is conceived as a follow-on to mapping via the original Don Beck (2000b, 2002b) adapted from Ken Wilber’s All Quadrants/All Levels concept original (1996) . It is sometimes known as The Gernia Variation. This works by:- Structuring needs according to the 6 vMEMES of the Gravesian 1st Tier (Q-1) Auditing the resources available and surveying the organisations and institutions that must be aligned to cooperate and participate (Q-3) Identifying ways and means – ie: projects – to drive the development programme (Q-4) Auditing the skills required to run and sustain the projects and the utlisation of existing technology at each level (Q-2) By bringing in Skills & Knowledge, Gernia links 4Q/8L to all of the neurological levels. Click here to view a report on Gernia’s ‘Rosedale MeshWORK’ – using her version of 4Q/8L.

2016

A Bit of This, a Bit of That…. January-March: Ran a 9-week version of Psychology Topics 2: Stress, Change concurrently at Rossett (Wednesday evenings) and Shipley College (Thursday evenings). Gallery: Rossett participants, March – click on photo to enlarge. January-June: After a very slow start to the academic year in Autumn 2015, my tutoring work picked up rapidly at the start of the year and kept me fairly busy right through to late June. Commentary: While the tutoring never quite reached the frenetic levels of the previous year, it was hard work because I was teaching the old A-Level specifications to Year 13 A2 candidates and AS resitters while learning the new specifications to teach Year 12s. Whilst I had tutored in all the old specifications, I took the decision just to tutor the new AQA and Edexcel specs in Psychology and the new AQA Sociology spec going forward. February: Invited by Marc Lucas of the University of Cologne Psychology Department to be part of a documentary offering a Gravesian  perspective on the migrant crisis afflicting much of Europe. Tentatively titled ‘Integration and Emergence/y – Europe and Germany between transformation and crisis’. The documentary was to be funded via the university and directed by award-winning documentary maker Hans Hausmann. Commentary: I was… Read More