Coronavirus and the “SEM with Mplus” courses
Update (21 May 2021):
England is now in the third phase of “reopening”, whereby indoor events are permitted, including intensive exercise classes, weddings (up to 30 people) or simply having dinner or coffee indoors, in rooms filled with strangers. This also means conference-style events, such as our training course, are allowed.
This said, events being allowed doesn’t mean they are entirely safe, and I, for one, am a bit anxious about the fast pace at which restrictions are being lifted. So I have been giving a lot of thought about whether the summer course is safe. I am now convinced it is. Here are my thoughts on some of the main issues:
- The “Indian variant”: Our course starts on 12 July, 3 full weeks later than the projected date (21 June) for a full return to pre-pandemic interaction (i.e. no face masks, no social distancing, huge events allowed). The Indian variant is threatening a delay to that “grand reopening of society” date, but the excellent progress on vaccination means it is not likely a return to rules stricter than current ones will become necessary.
- Vaccination progress: At writing time, 70% of all adults have received a first vaccine dose and 40% received 2 doses. Uptake is very high, with over 90% of people aged 50+ having taken the offer for vaccination and perhaps similar rates will be observed in younger adults. I believe that by 12 July, over 80% of the entire adult population will be vaccinated, severly limiting virus spread.
- Mixing with others: The teaching room has a capacity of 30 people, but we are currently only opening reservations for 10 places. In addition, some of us will be vaccinated (I now am), further reducing risk to everyone else. I will also make lateral flow tests available to you, should you wish to use them (for your own peace of mind).
- Changing your mind: If you get the virus before coming or otherwise need to cancel, you will receive a full refund for the course fees. If you have a room booked with the college you will also receive a full refund (minus £10 needed to cover external fees to online payment system).
Early bird rate: you can register now at a discounted rate (normal prices: £960; current discounted price: £870). The early bird price will be available until 15 June. This is meant as a “thank you” for supporting these courses (because it is much easier for me and the College to plan courses when we have an idea about demand).
July course gift: In addition, anyone who registers for the July course, will also be enrolled into the corresponding components of my online courses (Cross-sectional: Wizard’s Cat & Potion Master; Longitudinal: Spell Caster). After the in-person course, you will be able to take the online ones, to further sharpen your newly-acquired skills. To see what this is about and how it works, I invite you to visit my website for online courses: MplusWizard. The website includes a detailed description of what it is like to take the courses, complete with videos.