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Guide to Using Growing Pearls

Welcome to the Growing Pearls Learning Community.

I'm sure you're keen to get started, but I ask that you take a little time to read this guidance (I'll keep it brief, I promise!) to help you get the most our of your time here.

What is Growing Pearls?

As you probably already know, I'm a survivor of overwhelming distress and an international mental health trainer. In the current pandemic it has become increasingly obvious the we need new opportunities to connect, learn and grow - personally and professionally. Also, as the weeks have turned into months I've also been asked by many people whether I can provide training online.

Growing Pearls is my answer to this - I'm hoping it will become a sustainable learning community that enables members to engage with each other and - if wanted - my courses.

People may join for many reasons, but I'm hoping that it will bring together those who are interested in creative, compassionate and ethical responses to distress, trauma and extreme states - whatever names we use to describe them (e.g. psychosis, hearing voices, self-harm, dissociation).

How do I get started?

My aim is for you to be able to concentrate on learning and connection, rather than needing to learn a whole new set of technical skills. 

This guide will give you the basics - a tour of the territory, and some basic info on how to engage with it. 

What you do after then is up to you. You can hang around in the Garden for a bit and meet other members and share ideas/resources. You could head to the Greenhouse and sign up for a course, and develop some of your knowledge. The courses will grow as the platform grows, so keep checking in.

If you have any issues or questions about the platform, you can also contact me by direct message (or email