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Hi all.

I'm just looking for my memory to be refreshed about CPDs. How often do we have attend one? I was at the conference for 3 days in the summer so I guess I'm off the immediate hook. Any ideas?

Also, I've taken the IAIM infant massage training. Would that count or do they have to be birthlight CPDs.

Hope you're all well,

Gaye

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Thu, Mar 8 2007 5:12 AM In reply to
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Hi Gaye,

Our new CPD policy is being finalised. We have drawn on guidelines for yoga in Complementary Therapies self-regulatory documents, most particularly the CPD policy drawn by the British Council for Yoga Therapy. We have also looked at a number of CPD policies in organisations that compare with Birthlight. We have tried to make a policy that would be well recognised as well as effective and fair for teachers.

CPD credits are gained from a combination of internal and external sources.

We have not yet established a full list of 'external' courses to Birthlight that will count towards the CPD 'external credits'. The IAIM course is certainly a fine source of external credits. Perhaps the best way is for teachers to email the Birthlight office with courses they have done or plan to do, which they think are suitable for CPD, and then Birthlight tutors together can agree whether these courses should or should not be added to the CPD list.

Please note that every Birthlight teacher will need to gain 'internal' CPD credits. We have tried to keep these to the minimum requirements in our CPD policy, but it is most important that teachers should refresh their skills in each of the teaching areas in which they have gained a Birthlight qualification every other year.

We are gradually setting up a planner of CPD courses that will take refreshers in each of the areas of teaching to the different regions in the UK so as to minimise travel expenses for teachers for one day CPD courses. CPDs have already been held in the South, East Anglia, Scotland (you helped organise one, thanks) and Northern Ireland. More are planned in the Midlands, North East and South West later this year.

If anyone is interested in hosting a CPD course in their region, please let us know. We are keen to get the CPD off the ground and make it as easy as possible for teachers (as cheap as possible too) to get their internal credits. It's important that we all upgrade our skills and that the practices we teach evolve regularly in response to new scientific findings and other criteria for best practice.

Francoise

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Sun, Mar 11 2007 3:01 PM In reply to
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Just to let all Baby Yoga teachers know that we have now finalised a CPD day here in Birmingham.

Sally will run the day on Saturday 5th May 10-5pm.

The cost for the day is £55 for members. All info is under the training tag on the home page.

I'm helping to co-ordinate the day this end, so if you have any travel queries please get in touch.

Looking forward to catching up with you all.

Namaste - Cat x x x

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Sun, Mar 11 2007 6:13 PM In reply to
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Hi,

Details of this CPD day can be found Baby Yoga CPD

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Mon, Mar 12 2007 5:32 AM In reply to
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Last Thursday Ariane and I finalised the Birthlight CPD policy in fitting with the British Council of Yoga Therapists, which is the self-regulatory body for Yoga professionals as Complementary Therapists. This policy, which is ready to go on the website, explains clearly (I hope) what Birthlight certified teachers need to do every other year to keep their qualification valid. We are doing our best to facilitate CPD courses in 07 and 08 all over the UK so people do not have to travel far from where they live and work to gain their internal CPD credits in their area of teaching

We have worked hard on the policy after a series of meetings over two years but our policy is not written in stone. I look forward to teachers' feedback and discussions on the forum as we try it out. CPD experience from members of other professional organisations would be particularly welcome.

All best and I hope that CPD courses are going to help bring teachers together more in the various regions, remember 'the more we are together...

Francoise

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Mon, Mar 12 2007 6:04 AM In reply to
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Looking forward to reading it, Francoise. I think every other year is more than fair. Did the conference count towards CPD?

Thanks

Gaye

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Sat, Mar 17 2007 8:04 AM In reply to
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The Birthlight CPD policy is now available within the Members Area.

There are quite a few CPD Courses listed, incuding some external ones such as the Brazelton Conference, Child Development Through Art and The Aware Parenting Approach

Hosting a CPD course:

Birthlight CPD terms of organisation and fees for teachers willing to host CPD courses in their regions are available from the Birthlight Office on request.

Please email ariane@birthlight.com if you are interested.

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Sat, Mar 17 2007 10:32 AM In reply to
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Have just read the CPD policy and appears quite straight forward. Do we get certificates of attendance for CPD events so that we have our own record?

Claire

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Sat, Mar 17 2007 1:53 PM In reply to
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Hi all,

I've just read the policy - I understand the need for CPD and appreciate having an annual internal CPD. However, if we have to attend 1 birthlight CPD a year then I think we need plenty of notice so we can plan our year - particularly for those that need to travel.
The SMART and Annual Refresher Weekend both fall within school holidays (scottish schools break on 29 June) . While this is perfectly reasonably, it is also a time when people are more likely to have made plans well in advance. I remember booking a gite in France many years ago for school holiday - all the UK managed gites were booked by Oct for the following summer! It scared me but that's the way the school holiday market works.

So, can we have more notice please of CPDs. Perhaps if there became a rule of thumb that there would be 1 in spring and 1 in autumn that would help us plan a bit more easily.

Thanks,

Gaye

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Sat, Mar 17 2007 2:58 PM In reply to
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Just another thought - can we carry out birthlight days over to another year. For example, the SMART course is 2 days so would this cover you for internal hours for 2 years. I seem to remember that the conference counted towards CPD - I did 3 days there so does this cover me for 3 years?

All the things that pop into my head while mashing spuds!

Gaye

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Mon, Mar 19 2007 7:36 AM In reply to
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just my thinking

I do not see how the number of days = the number of years before you attend the next cpd. The whole purpose of cpd is to keep up to date and to refresh.

If you attend 3 days this year and that = three years then you would be very behind. especially at the reate Birthlight and research in our field of work is progressing.

My view is a minnimum of 1 day every 2 years. Await other opinions

Liz