A day at New Rock consists of the following classes for me :
IPR – Interpersonal Relationships, Health & Fitness, Conflict Resolution, Budgeting and Money Management, Group Planning, Processing (The day’s Activities), Coping Skills, Art, Films in Recovery, Anxiety Management, Social Skills, Music in Recovery, Symptom Management, Current Events, Support Group (where each and everyone can share of their needs of support with the group), Women’s & Men’s Trauma.
These are just a few of the classes that I take and that I am allowed to teach to my peers. I have added my hand prints to the wall this week and have made a piece of Art with copies of my handprints that state Humanity for All.
Currently Reading: The Fred Factor, How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.By Mark Sanborn I am currently working on studying for my CPS (Certified Peer Specialist), Certification. I am working on this through View Point Heath, New Rock Day Services and the GMHCN. I am a graduate of Dekalb Technical College Business/Legal Office Diploma along with my Paralegal Certification and am now working on my CPS Certification. I find it very helpful if while studying to document the facts of what I am studying for and it enhances my studying skills. My CPS Ms. Brenda Williams has me set to turn in my CPS Application by May the 27th. I will know then if I am accepted for the training or not. If not, I will have to wait until the next Training Exercises come up. I plan to work on the application and studying this weekend and get it turned back into Ms. Brenda by next week. I am also a graduate of the Respect Institute where I have been able to share my recovery story. Of which, you are empowered by The Respect Institute and New Rock Day Services voluntary Program to share your recovery story with other Peers and with your community.
As the motto of the Fred Factor states How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, I hope to do this for my peers in class and for my community.
I find that blogging has been especially helpful to me. It is so therapeutic for me and I enjoy sharing in my walk with my community. I have been blogging at Word Press for over two years now and at The Covington News for nearly 18 months. One of the online groups that I am a part of is Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, of which I am a carrier for the genetic disease but never let it get in my way of life.
1. Why do you want to become a CPS Certified Peer Specialist?
2. What makes you a good candidate to work with other consumers in the mental health field?
3. What does recovery mean to you?
4.. What were some of the important factors in your own recovery?
5. What types of experiences have you had in working with consumers of mental health services? Please describe in detail, listing efforts in letter – writing, personal advocacy, public testimony, programs you began, or the work you are doing now. Be specific, such as advocating, self – help groups , community activities.
6. Why do you think it is important for CPS ‘s to tell their recovery stories?
7. What will be your most difficult challenge in attending the Certified Peer Specialist training? How will you deal with this challenge?
8. Describe your current employment situation (or volunteer situation) If neither applies, how do you spend your time?
9. Is there anything else you would like us to know in considering you for the Certified Peer Specialist training?
My Covington News blog has been on display at Arts in The Garden in Decatur and at The Porter Memorial Library, Covington Branch.
I have been truly blessed to have my work on display and feel that I have achieved a very high goal I had set for myself in the past.
With attending the voluntary classes at New Rock through View Point Health and studying for my CPS Certification along with having my works on display in the state, I am so pleased that a very high goal I had set for myself has been achieved through my hard work and persistence to succeed.
As I work in the supportive employment room on studying and reading, I see the framed art above my head that lists those with mental illness that have enriched our lives.
http://www.nami.org > famous people >
“People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives”
Famous people throughout history who have had a serious mental illness
The revered sixteenth President of the United States suffered from severe and incapacitating depressions that occasionally led to thoughts of suicide, as documented in numerous biographies by Carl Sandburg.
The British Novelist who wrote To the Lighthouse and Orlando experienced the mood swings of bipolar disorder characterized by feverish periods of writing and weeks immersed in gloom. Her story is discussed in The Dynamics of Creation by Anthony Storr.
A defensive end for Vince Lombardi’s legendary Green Bay Packers of the 1960’s, Aldridge played in two Super Bowls. In the 1970’s, he suffered from schizophrenia and was homeless from two and a half years. Until his death in 1988, he gave inspirational talks on his battle against paranoid schizophrenia. His story is the story of numerous newspaper articles.
The famous playwright, author of A Long Day’s Journey and Ah! Wilderness! , suffered from clinical depression, as documented in Eugene O’Neill by Olivia Coolidge.
Ludwig van Beethoven
The brilliant composer experienced bipolar disorder, as documented in The Key to Genius: Manic Depression and the Creative Life by D. Jablow Hershman and Julian Lieb.
The famous opera singer suffered from bipolar disorder, as documented in Donizetti and the World Opera in Italy, Paris, and Vienna in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century by Herbert Weinstock.
Author of War and Peace, Tolstoy revealed the extent of his own mental illness in the memoir Confession. His experiences is also discussed in The Dynamics of Creation by Anthony Storr, and The Inner World of Mental Illness: A Series of First Accounts of What It Was Like by Bert Kaplan.
The dancers battle with schizophrenia is documented in his autobiography, The Diary of Vaslov Nijinsky.
The renowned poet’s mental illness is documented in The Dynamics of Creation by Anthony Storr and The Broken Brain: The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry by Nancy Andreasen, M.D.
The playwright gave a personal account of his struggle with clinical depression in his own Memoirs. His experience is also documented in Five O’clock Angel: Letters of Tennessee Williams to Maria St. Just, 1948-1982; The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams by Donald Spoto, and Tennessee: Cry of the Heart by Dotson.
Vincent Van Gogh
The celebrated artist’s bipolar disorder is discussed in The Key to Genius: Manic Depression and the Creative Life by D. Jablow Hershman and Julian Lieb and Dear Theo, The Autobiography of Van Gogh.
The scientist’s mental illness is discussed in The Dynamics of Creation by Anthony Storr and the Key to Genius: Manic Depression and the Creative Life by D. Jablow Hershman and Julian Lieb.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist’s suicidal depression is examined in the True Gen: An Intimate Portrait of Ernest Hemmingway by Those Who Know Him by Dennis Brian.
The poet and novelist ended her lifelong struggle with clinical depression by taking her own life, as reported in A Closer Look at Ariel: A Memory of Sylvia Plath by Nancy Hunter-Steiner.
The mental illness off of one of the world’s greatest artistic geniuses is discussed inThe Dynamics of Creation, by Anthony Storr.
“Had he been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation. In 1940, when all the odds were against Britain, a leader of sober judgment might well have concluded that we were finished, “ wrote Anthony Storr about Churchill’s bipolar disorder in Churchill’s Black Dog, Kafka’s Mice, and Other Phenomena of the Human Mind.
The Gone with the Wind star suffered from mental illness, as documented in Vivien Leigh: A Biography by Ann Edwards
The Academy Award-winning actress told of her bipolar disorder in her autobiography and made-for-TV movie Call me Anna and A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness, co-authored by Gloria Hochman.
One of the greatest authors in the English language suffered from clinical depression, as documented in The Key to Genius: Manic Depression and the Creative Life by D. Jablow Hershman a