Parting is such sweet sorrow…

You may know that I’m enrolled on a Prof Doc in Systemic Practice at the University of Bedfordshire. This week I attended the last cohort meeting held at our campus. I can’t believe how quickly three years have flown by. As this is a five year programme, I now have a year to collect my ‘data’, and a further year to write up my thesis!


I thought I’d share an exercise we did during this last meeting. We were invited to step into the future with a view to imagining, in 500 words, what our abstracts might look like when we finally hand in our theses. We were then asked to read each other’s abstract aloud to see what it sounded like, and what we might see and learn, if our words were spoken/owned by someone else. Here’s my abstract as voiced by the lovely Leah:

Obviously the final version will be different in that it will include a discourse analysis of the narrative ‘data’ but feel free to comment on this imaginary version in the comment section below.

I’d like to mark this occasion by sending love to Gail, Sarah, Leah, Steve, Robert and Tanya. It will be sometime before I come to terms with the fact that this is the last time Cohort 4 will meet in this way. In the last three years, I have come to love you all. If you are reading this, I’d like to say thank you all for being such a supportive, challenging, encouraging and fun group. Like an oasis, our gatherings have always been refreshing and life giving – the source of countless epiphanies, sparking new ways of looking at and being in our world. I will never cease to appreciate the special sense of with-ness we have created. I will also never again have six therapists looking after my mental wellbeing every time we meet.

May God keep watch between [thee-me] when we are away from each other.

Jewish Mizpah

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