About APAC - Students' Comments  

Here are a few things that our course participants have kindly said about APAC and the play therapy training courses:

Hospitality

"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 his own.  

Self Development

"Thorne speaks on sessions with clients and as it mirrors my own experience I needed to share it with you." - Deirdre (Certificate and Diploma Courses)

"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

"Thank you Nancy!" 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 work relationship.  

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