The 2015 Nidotherapy Workshop was held at Warbrook House in Eversley, Hampshire, between 11th and 13th of February. 26 people attended, including 4 social workers from Montenegro, supported by a grant from Porto Montenegro, who were being trained in new ways of working in mental health, which included the importance of feedback from patients. This was helped by having three patients attending the workshop as delegates in their own right. Two colleagues also came from Sweden, where over 40 nidotherapists have already been trained, and at the meeting they gave an update on progress at their base in Stockholm.
We also trained four staff from Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust in the principles of nidotherapy. It was a busy three days and the only time out was in the evenings, where the high spot was a traditional pub dinner in the magnificent George and Dragon Hotel in Swallowfield. A full assessment was made of the performance in the workshop and certificates at the achieved level of competence were prepared for each delegate.
The 2015 Nidotherapy Essay Prize was awarded to Emma Donaldson, with Alan Belton a very close second.