Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Celtic Winter...and Therapy School too

It's Wednesday, that means Celtic Winter... I had things to do tonight, like get my MSN Messenger set back up and replying to some emails... but I didn't do any of that... I just kept stitching away! (I owe several of you emails right now, and I promise to get right to them tomorrow as I have more free time tomorrow night...sorry!).

Q. Have you ever stitched something as a gift and later realized that receiver doesn’t respect your stitched gift a bit (for example it’s never on show, or you have other reason to suspect that it may even be nonexistent or at least placed in some dark storage room corner)? If so, what have you done? If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid such people what would you do if it’d happen to you?

A. No, this really hasn't happened to me. I did stitch my niece Erin's name with little girls climbing on the letters. It hung in her bedroom for years, but now that she is 13 years old, her decorating style has changed and the picture is stored away. I am not at all insulted by that. I have not stitched many items for gifts. My mother-in-law has an old butterfly themed round robin from 1991 or 1992 framed and hanging, as well as a La Broderie sampler I have done for her. Those are the only gifts I have made for others. However, I doubt I would be insulted if something I made were not displayed. You take that chance. I think other stitchers appreciate stitching more than others do... though moms are pretty good at appreciating it too :-)

Well, I was up "with the birds" this morning and off to "therapy school" - a seminar for continuing education credits for my counseling license :-) Today's course was "Is it ADHD or Pediatric BiPolar? Differential Diagnosis and Effective Treatment" presented by Hanno W. Kirk, LICSW, PhD. It was pretty decent. I sat next to a gentleman who also works in Lawrence, MA, with whom I have had significant phone contact over shared cases, etc. Nice to meet him in person. I think he is the same man who interviewed me for a different clinic position years and years ago... which I turned down. Kinda funny. The conference was great - it was only 10 minutes down the road in Manchester, NH and Mike came and met me for a quick lunch - plus Dr. Kirk did give us some wonderful assessment tools and cute therapy tricks to help us out... pretty good! I definitely feel educated, as pediatric bipolar was not even a concept back when I was in graduate school. Now I feel pretty confident with diagnosing it, communicating with prescribers about it, and treating it too :-) I have another "therapy school" day coming up on November 14th, and then I will have all my necessary credits for the year - whew!

Congrats to David Ortiz for winning the AL Hank Aaron Award! Woo Hoo! And to Manny Ramirez for making the Latino Allstar League too :-) Very cool - nice to see some honors go to Red Sox players :-)

Stitched on today: Celtic Winter


zoeandcooper said...

Sounds like a great conference. I am waiting for one on that topic to come to DC. I am seeing more students in the schools with that diagnosis. Did they have any audio tapes of the session.

Christine Doyle said...

Pediatric bipolar! Wow. We are only just trying to wrap our heads around the adult version since the Dr is fairly certain that is Scott's issue - I can't imagine a child going through a similar thing. Must have been a very interesting seminar.

Jenna said...

Congrats on the successful seminar, Carol! It's always good to keep up with the latest info. available to your profession. :)

Kathy said...

WOW CW looks fab hun, I have not done any stitching now for 3 wks, feeling a bit guilty, but I seem to have lost my stitching bug for the moment. I sure hope it comes back soon.

Hugs xxxx

karensff said...

Wow, she is looking really good. Loving the progress of the border. I have promised myself that I will pick her up at least once this week.

Erin said...

My DH, who has a master's in special ed and is starting his PhD is psychology, said he would love to go to your classes!! (He is currently working in a group home for developmentally disabled adults.)

Bastet said...

CW is looking very lovely! The more I see the more I'm keeping her on my to do list.

Kath said...

Hey Carol, sounded like a great seminar for you. It's good when you come away from these things actually feeling as if you have learnt something.

CW is coming along great. I have not seen Lisa's lately, and Katrina's will have come to a halt probably for the moment too. It's a beautiful piece.