I would like to train to be a psychotherapist but I don’t have the time or money (time will tell if I have the aptitude) to pursue any of the courses I have found so far. The minimum requirement is for 16 hours per week and I have more like 5-8 hours. So I have been looking for ways to study independently and found the Free Video Lectures site to be great for this. I find a course then find the books in charity shops around Edinburgh Uni or order the books on eBay/Amazon. The courses are from several years ago, so the books turn out to be very cheap.
I download the lectures onto my tablet and watch them on the bus on the way to work or at lunchtimes. It has taken me a year to get through UCB General Psychology and I have read about 30% of the Gleitman text that goes with it. Not great progress, I admit but alot more than nothing. It has had the advantage of being completely flexible.
One thing I have missed is the chance to digest and talk over the material I am learning. I go to the Edinburgh Psychology and Philosophy discussion group and that works well. What this blog is for is to give me a chance to digest what I am learning by writing about it and to hopefully deepen my understanding. I will try to relate what I am learning to my work life (IT consultancy and project management). Of course, if I were to get to exchange ideas and get feedback on my understanding through this site, that would be even better.