Leona Marcinko, a leisure educator who completed the CH-Q course a year ago, shared her impressions and insights from the course.
Leona, which activities did you find most interesting on the CH-Q course and why?
I really enjoyed working with metaphors and my own story. It made my qualities come out more clearly, because in everyday life I wouldn't even notice them, I wouldn't name them so clearly. It was also interesting to go back to my childhood and put my present-day setting into perspective based on memories of my favorite games and activities. I was also fascinated by working with the core quadrant method, where we could explore our strengths and weaknesses in context.
How do you rate the self-experience format of the course?
The self-experiential element is revelatory, it touches you directly. It was about ant work, research and gradually piecing together a great story that is about a person with whom you live in an intimate relationship. Even though you know each other, you don't really know much about. That person is you. With the CH-Q approach, you can understand yourself more. But you can't do that without work. That's why I really liked the fact that the course was a group course, so I wasn't alone on my "inward searching".
What do you take out of the course for your professional and personal life?
I take away a better self-confidence. I am no longer afraid that I can't do certain things, I can do other things. I'm glad for that realization. I came to it by having to reflect on specific situations and describe specific strengths. They showed up and stood out repeatedly in various activities until I believed I had them, that they were mine that I could build on and lean on them.
Likewise, in my professional life, it allows me to see strengths in others and help them find them. In addition, I take away specific tools to work with people, such as the aforementioned work with metaphors, story, values, and more. I already draw on these activities when working with children.
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