intandem’s first blog!

Welcome to intandem’s first blog!

It is a testimony to how far we have come since we first entered the independent sector 8 years ago – and the advance of social media!

We have embarked on 2013 with setting up a Twitter account @_intandem. Through it we hope to develop a community of like-minded people – colleagues, clients, family members, students – in order to open up a dialogue about topics close to our hearts. We are also very keen to create forums, debates and share knowledge with people we know and people we have not reached before.

In the spirit of experimentation, we are starting 2013 with a number of new ventures relevant to both professionals and clients.

  • Raising the profile of supervision within the profession is high on our agenda for the year. Having been commissioned by the Association for Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice to update the supervision section on their website, this has now gone live for members. Do have a look and let us know what you think.
  • Our article on the newly revised RCSLT supervision guidelines in the RCSLT Bulletin is also just out. We very much enjoyed this opportunity to share our thoughts on supervision more publically and have been pleasantly surprised by the number of positive comments we have already received. Several therapists are planning to use the article as a springboard for discussions with their managers about the adequacy of their supervisory relationships and as a vehicle to help change attitudes towards supervision within their departments. We wish them all well.

Do get in touch if you have a view on supervision in the current climate or the 2012 RCSLT supervision guidelines. We would also love to hear from you if you are interested in getting involved in setting up training opportunities and supervision networks in your area.

Some of our clients have been avidly followly the latest series of The Undateables, a programme recently shown on Channel 4 . The first episode featured a young woman with aphasia, which has promoted a lot of interesting discussions around the opportunities and challenges of meeting new people and beginning new friendships.

We start 2013 with two new group ventures for people with experience of brain injury:

  • The first is a bi-monthly Culture Club which will offer an opportunity to meet and share ideas with others interested in music, film, theatre, comedy and art. Our first event is on 5th March 2013 if you are free.
  • The second is a new group forum for people who specifically want to address issues around dating and relationships. We are beginning to gather together the names of people who are interested in meeting up for an exploratory session.

Do get in touch if you are interested in either group. Contact: [email protected]

That’s it for this month. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Here’s to an exciting 2013 full of tweets and hashtags!

Cathy and Sam