When one door closes…

Well, our Advanced Visual Facilitation course never happened. And alas, it isn’t going to – at least, not at UBC. Nor will we be offering any further courses through UBC Extended Learning. Not because our workshops weren’t valued – indeed, they were hugely popular with participants and much appreciated by the folks who ran the Life and Career programs, where our workshop was housed. But Extended Learning had shifted its focus, with the result that several of the professional courses Life and Careers offered – including ours – now fell outside the scope of the certificate program they were focusing on. We knew for quite some time that this was a possibility, so we were prepared for it. But we’re still sad to go because we had a lot of fun creating and delivering those courses, and the people who took them found them both enjoyable and of immediate practical value.

But life goes on, and Stina and I are contemplating what we’ll do next. We have some ideas about what we could offer, and now that we’re not affiliated with any particular institution, there’s no reason not to go global if we feel like it! So keep your eyes on this space. The UBC door has closed – but who knows what new doors will open…??

I first hired Avril in 2008 to graphically record an event I was planning, and have built graphic recording into our budget for every project and event ever since. Avril has the incredible gift of being able to simultaneously listen to a conversation and distill the most relevant points into images that promote further dialogue. Her charts remind us of our discussion in a way that words can’t, and provide us with a visual reference point that lives as a powerful reminder of the important work we are doing with families and serves as a map to guide our work going forward. 

Keli Anderson – Founder, FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health, and Founder, President & CEO, National Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health