At long last, I’ve finally started volunteering in a psychological capacity! Today, I helped to facilitate a Stress and Mood Management course run by an IAPT in Bristol. The participants were a lovely lot and there were some really fun moments. No where near as nerve-wracking as I was expecting, but then again, I’m used to standing in front of groups of people. Some nice feedback too.
It was very reassuring to see that many of the skills that I have developed as a musician are transferable to this sort of work. Team work on the fly is one, the other facilitator and I were able to pick up each other’s points and add to them, running the session without any prior rehearsal together. Confident presentation skills are another. After this many years of cowering on a stage with expectant eyes on me, presenting the course to complete strangers was like second nature.
There are things that I would like to improve on next time, I’d like to have the time to digest all of the material, rather than just the bits that I was presenting, so that I can get a feel for how the course hangs together as a whole. And as I get more familiar with the material, I hope to be able to make it flow a little more naturally.
But, on the whole, I’m pleased, and looking forward to next time!