- October 10, 2018
- Posted by: Gemma Woods
- Category: Student Life
“You could say we are puppets, But I believe that we are puppets with perception, with awareness. Sometimes we can see the strings. And perhaps our awareness [education] is the first step in our liberation” (Miligram.S)
My experience of Liberties College (LC) from the “porter to the principal” and all of my thoughtful tutors in between has been nothing short of life changing. The learning at the start was secondary compared to the encouraging support I received throughout. This, in turn, made me believe that I could overcome the obstacles that stood in my way. Furthermore, I cannot thank the whole of LC for making the once invisible become visible.
For me, like many mature students, returning to education can seem like an insurmountable task. This is amplified greater still, if you are like me, a parent. There is definite struggle to juggle the ‘demands’ it takes to enrol in education, but I can honestly say the burden is eased by a large degree in the enriching environment that is present in the college. Personally, I can honestly say, aside from the universal truth of love and time, I became a more understanding father, grasping the developmental needs of my two children. Inevitably, my time at LC, and their observation of my education process, has planted seeds in my children of future aspirations that I am in no doubt will grow into their own realisations.
While my educational journey continues on, I will be forever grateful to LC and the connections I made there. As W.B Yeats proclaimed, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ I hope the fire that was lit for me in LC keeps burning bright. Conversely, I feel that it may have been drowned out for me if I took the fast track route. My time at LC allowed me to build a firm foundation of education that has weathered the challenges of self-doubt that I faced in progressing onwards.
We live in such an impatient world where there can be an urgent want to accomplish anything ‘asap’. However, we inadvertently miss out on invaluable information needed, if we skip rungs on the educational ladder. Education is without a doubt empowering, however sometimes value can be placed too heavily on pieces of paper and parchments should never outweigh the value within the person.
“No matter how much it has done for your mind, your education has been a failure if it has failed to open your Heart” St. Francis de Sale
- Completed level 6 coaching models of practice- New links training 1:1
- Completed level 6 counselling & psychotherapy- IICP training & Education, Tallaght 1:1
- Completed psychometrics training- Selection by Design PSI (Not-certified)
- Completed Professional Certificate in Family Therapy -IICP Training & Education, Tallaght
- Smart Recovery Facilitator- HSE Certificate
- SFP- Strengthening Families Programme Facilitator
- ASSIST Training- Living Works Education
- Wrap Training 1 completed: SOS- Suicide or Survive
- Motivational Interviewing – Urrus Training, Ballymun
- ACT- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- PSI, CPD workshops
Alan Kavanagh is a BA (Hons) student in Counselling and Psychotherapy in IICP Education and Training, additionally he is a Maynooth University student on a Level 7 in Addictions studies, partly funded by the Clondalkin Drugs Task Force. He began his pathway into education in Counselling and Addiction studies in Liberties College as a mature student. He works part-time as a rehabilitation worker with Casadh Community Drug Team. He enjoys coaching Ballyfermot United U10s football team in his spare time. He is a keen volunteer and is currently on the editorial board of “The Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy” (formerly Eisteach) as a student member. Prior to this appointment, Alan was an author of an article for the IJCP-
- Kavanagh, Alan. (2017). Penetrating the Silence of Sorrow: Counselling Those Bereaved by Suicide. The Irish Journal for Counselling and Psychotherapy– Éisteach. Summer Edition. IACP.