APAC - Students' Comments
Here are a few things that our
course participants have kindly said about APAC and the play therapy training
"I found this quote by Henri Nouwen from his book
"Reaching Out". It says much about how I experienced my time at
Fern Hill. Thank you for that" - Fran (Diploma Course)
Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a
free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an
enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where
change can take place.
The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create
emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers
can enter and discover themselves as created free; free to sing their own
songs, speak their own languages, dance their own dances; free also to leave and
follow their own vocations. Hospitality is not a subtle invitation to
adopt the lifestyle of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find
"Thorne speaks on sessions
with clients and as it mirrors my own experience I needed to share it with you."
- Deirdre (Certificate and Diploma
"I feel in touch with myself
to the extent that it is not an effort to think or know what I am feeling.
It is as if an energy is flowing through me and I am simply allowing it
free passage. I feel a physical vibrancy.... I feel powerful and at the
same time irrelevant. My client seems more accurately in focus: he or she
stands out in sharp relief from the surrounding decor ... it seems as if for a
space, however brief, two human beings are fully alive."
Impact on Career
Evelyn - (Certificate and Diploma Courses)
At a recent residential weekend
play therapy diploma course we had two blissful days of sharing knowledge,
skills and experience with Nancy Mellon who helped us see how therapeutic
story-telling can help us all.
Little did I know that it would change a rather difficult
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