Newton County, Covington GA USA Hollywood of the South gets an “Extreme Makeover.”

Newton County, Covington GA USA Hollywood of the South gets an “Extreme Makeover.” I had to visit the Square to see it for myself and preserve the memories of the reconstruction of 2014. The sidewalks were gone and dirt mounds are everywhere. I am certainly praying that the Magnolia Trees will survive this upheaval. Downtown Covington GA. – Main Street Covington shared Newton County, GA’s photo.12 AugustIf you’ve been downtown around the square in the last few days you’ve noticed some work in progress. Here’s what’s going on!The Downtown Covington Square Park is now undergoing improvements and here are a few of the changes along with a picture of the plans.*The Veterans Memorial Plaza around the Veterans Monument will be at the same grade as the existing perimeter sidewalk, enabling wheelchair access to the monument. The flag pole will be relocated to this plaza.*Drainage will be improved in the center of the square by removing and replacing all of the existing interior sidewalks. *All of the wiring for the street lights and sound system and the band stage power supply will be upgraded. *Seasonal color will be installed at the base of the Confederate Monument. *The band stage area will be built as per the original plans however the gazebo will not be built.

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The 5 Stages of Recovery Overview

The 5 Stages of Recovery

These are Non – Linear as they are in no particular order and can strike at any point and given time in your life of recovery.

Impact of Illness

Life is Limited

Change is Possible

Actions for Change

Commitment to Change

The Disabling Power of a Mental Illness includes: Stigma and self – image

In the beginning ten years ago this very month of August I lay curled up in the fetal position on my sofa in tears crying uncontrollably. Not knowing how to make the tears stop. Finally being taken to Northside Hospital by my Aunt and Mom who are both nurses to be treated for a family violence incident and me being diagnosed with marital abuse and Northside Hospital reporting it to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Department as per law. From there I was told I could stay at Northside a few days or go to Peachford for recovery. I chose Peachford for my recovery time and was given my initial diagnosis of depression and codependency as the care giver to other’s  with drug, alcohol and gambling problems. I attended classes and got the recovery I needed but was estranged and alienated from my four daughter’s overnight from choosing to be a patient at Peachford by the State of GA. The Impact of the Illness had set in from the very moment of the sobbing tears in the fetal position on my couch and have carried through years to hit me from time to time. The Impact of Illness is hard and rough and has a great sting to it when it strikes leaving you in the darkness uncertain as what to do or who to turn to feeling all alone and helpless and worthless often times with uncontrollable crying and fear accompanied with doubt.

For several years after my diagnosis I felt as though I was helpless that the diagnosis had taken me over and that there was no life looking forward for me. I gave up on life. “Life was limited.” I gave up on ever seeing my daughter’s again or fighting for them in court. I just simply gave up as that seemed the best option that I had given the courts were even looking down upon me for having a mental diagnosis accompanied with marital abuse with documented authenticated paperwork stating so. It was a great challenge for me to accept the fact in my 30’s that I had been mentally diagnosed and would live with this for the rest of my life as I had never underwent anything of this nature before. For several years I allowed the diagnosis to lead and live my life for me. Following my initial diagnosis I was incarcerated for 6 months and served 90 days on the Forensic Unit at Georgia Regional. I made sure that I was competent because while there I gained strength and realized I needed to be competent in order to fight for my daughter’s in court upcoming. I gathered myself and got myself put back together during these 90 days. I do not discuss this issue online due to the privacy and ethics owed to the other party and for the fragile life they have led but given I do not discuss it online I have made everyone from psychiatrists to attorney’s, to Judge’s, to the Covington Newspaper editor and so forth, everyone in my life has been made aware of the 90 days spent on the Forensic Unit and the incarceration. But I was able to pull myself together here and within a month of being released I was gainfully employed and had already filed my initial Pro Se hearing regarding all four of my daughter’s that was accepted as correct in form and that I won with Honorable Sidney Nation eventually ordering therapeutic counseling for me, my ex-husband and youngest daughter given the ages of my older daughter’s I could see and talk to them anytime that we so chose to. Being gainfully employed living in Chamblee at the time I finally felt that “change was possible.”

I began to win hearing after hearing regarding my youngest daughter and finally knew that “change was possible” and that I held the cards for “actions for change.” And that I was the only one that could pull myself out of the depths of despair back into life. I  continued to win hearing after hearing regarding my daughter and have won every hearing since. There has never been not one single hint, suggestion, accusation or implication in my direction of wrong doing as a mother nor as a wife. I knew that I had to continue to take the necessary self – help steps to bring about “action for change.” It was a work in progress living one day at a time often scared to death being alone but it was working and I was coming along well. I also was finally released of any and all obligation pertaining to the arrest and had completed all requirements of the arrest and was fully released of that obligation to the State of GA. I was so very pleased the day the release of obligation came to be in my mailbox from the State. I was elated and am still happy that I have been up front, open and honest about my arrest with everyone. It will be discussed more if I ever write my memoir but not online for the privacy and ethics of the other party. Of which, I have never met. Not once. But I was learning that change was possible and that I had taken the necessary actions for change and was living a better life for it. I finally felt as though I had a little life back in me and could breath again. I was working on being my whole self again and still to this day work very hard on being my whole self that I once was.

I made a commitment to the State of GA and kept it by continuing to fight for my daughter in and outside the courtroom and complete all obligations of the alleged arrest. I began journaling following my release from  Peachford which began by tearing out clippings from magazines that I found interesting and wanted to journal about. I then began penning and that turned into a Word Press blog and then from there my Covington News blog that I have been a full time blogger at for nearly 3 years now. November marks my 3 year Anniversary with The Covington News and I attend many community events and photograph these events and places and incorporate them into my blogs. Being very much involved in community activities and events has been most therapeutic and I hope that I can continue to attend these events and have the strength and will power to continue to photograph my community and be an advocate for family violence victims, parental alienation, the mentally challenged and parental reunification. I have taken “actions for change” very seriously and had finally moved into “commitment for change.”

I have won many court hearings to our full favor and kept all responsibilities to the courts as promised. I have attended and taught classes at New Rock Day Treatment program being awarded Certificate of Recognition for Inspiring others with strength and resiliency and working towards goals with increased stability. I have taught many classes to my peers and mentors alike.  I have prepared for those classes at home and taught them during class to others sharing in my recovery process and self – help skills and advice. I am a Respect Institute graduate of Mr. Joel Slack of the State of Georgia. I ran my first 5 K walk for The Walk of Heroes in September of 2012. I have attended and taken classes at The Georgia Peer Institute training program for the State of Georgia through The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and have made application to become a Certified Peer Specialist for the State of GA that I will continue to apply for until fully accepted into the training and one day soon hope to work closely with The ACT Team in my community of which I am a graduate of as well. All this has been made possible through View Point Health and The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network.

I am a college graduate of Dekalb Technical College with my diploma in Business/Legal Office Assistant and my Paralegal Certificate. Being awarded the Velocity Award in 2002 and writing the Introduction to the Paralegal program of study for The Honorable Virgil Costley that was in “The Paragraph” Newsletter of GAP, The GA Association of Paralegals of which I was a charter member of. I plan to continue my education by becoming a CPS Certified Peer Specialist and working closely with other peers in my community on The ACT Team or at a hospital setting such as Peachford or The VA Hospital or GA Regional telling of my illness of being mentally challenged and my process and the stages of recovery.

The 5 Stages of Recovery are Non- Linear and can strike you at any given point and time. There is no particular order of these 5 Stages and relapse is possible if not careful. I took a class on being a “Walking Miracle” and came to realize that I am. And I hold that class near and dear to my heart.

I think back over the last ten years and I would more than likely be an attorney by or Clerk of Court had the family violence incident and mental diagnosis not occurred but I try and not let these facts discourage me and feel that with View Point Health’s help I am headed in the right direction to becoming a CPS giving back to my community of my recovery story and to my peers who have become my friends enlightening them on self – help and guiding them through their own recovery always hoping to avoid a full relapse such as I do.

The class I took on the 5 Stages of Recovery was very enlightening as I did not feel alone in my struggles and that there are many others who have experienced these stages in their recovery process as well. Not only myself and that I had no reason to be ashamed of being mentally challenged and that the State of GA does recognize just how important the CPS Certified Peer Specialist is to this State of GA and to the nation.

1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001

The State has rectified their once mistake time and time again but it has changed nothing as far as the reunification process of me and my daughter’s and my ex- husband continuing to alienate and estrange us by the act of hate. I want this state of GA to know that there have been 1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001. 

And the requirements include:

> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.

> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.

> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.

> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.

> Must be well grounded in recovery

These facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.

The motto of the CPS being “Each One Reach One.”

I hope to reach others by sharing in my recovery story and my path to becoming a Certified Peer Specialist. The training teaches you that there is always a small glimmer of light a flicker of fire that guides your every movement and can help you  succeed if you open up to this ray of hope and let it guide and direct you and take full advantage of it not being scared to continue to move forward following this flame day in and day out.

There is always the danger that you may get stuck or side-tracked but you should just keep pushing forward into that flicker of flame that guides you. Not allowing the Impact of the Illness to over take your life again. If you do relapse you are still a “Walking Miracle” and you pick up with the “commitment to change” and “actions to change” where you left off at prior to your relapse and use your self – help skills and coping mechanisms to continue to once again thrive and be successful.

Just remember you are not alone and this State of GA recognizes the importance of recovery in mental illness and shines because of its consumer leadership. The September training for the CPS marks the 44th to date. I hope to one day soon have my CPS Certification to accompany my college degree and share in my recovery with so many more showing them that small flicker of flame does exist and you can follow it to a road of a making a better life for yourself thriving while surviving along the way being an advocate and telling your recovery story.

You may read more on the Certified Peer Specialist at The Georgia Mental Health  Consumer Network website or at The Certified Peer Specialist Project website both for the State of GA.

I am very thankful for View Point Health and The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network for all the positive possibilities and accomplishments that I have made over the last several years. And will be forever indebted to many of my mentors. Thank you with much thanksgiving.

My CPS Ms. Brenda Williams. One of the most dedicated, committed, loving people I have ever came to know. I appreciate all your guidance and direction Ms. Brenda and helping me through the stages of my Recovery always with and open door and an open heart and mind for me.

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My journey to becoming a Certified Peer Specialist for the State of GA USA

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My journey to becoming a Certified Peer Specialist for the State of GA USA

I was once again not chosen for the Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Training to be held in September in Albany. This is the 44th training to date. “Thank you for your interest in the September 2014 Peer Specialist Training. Unfortunately, we could not accept you at this time. The applicant pool for the upcoming training was large, and we can only accept 40 – 45 peers for each class. This factor made the selection process very difficult. We look forward to receiving your application for future training. Our next training will be held October 20 – 30 in Savannah, GA. The application will be available on our website at http://www.gacps.org on August 25th.

I will be applying for the training in Savannah in October. I feel very fortunate that I was chosen as a scholarship applicant to attend The Georgia Peer Support Institute Training at Simpsonwood Lodge and read my manual daily. I feel very honored to be a part of such a wonderful program and the great mentors I have met. It is the pre – requisite to the CPS Training and I will continue to read in my manual and work harder on my CPS Essay Exam Application for Savannah in October. The application will be available August 25th and I will get started immediately working on and assembling my application. I prepared a project board on the 5 Stages of Recovery that I still need to present to my class and my peers. Due to other obligations I was unable to present the project but still plan to set a date in order to present this project and send the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network my full report.

The GPSI training that I attended was held at Simpsonwood Lodge and I was a scholarship recipient and proud to have been a part of the program. I had the opportunity to meet many great people, mentors and new friends while attending the conference. During my training at GPSI I studied the following: Comfort Agreement, Project Planning, Walking Miracle, Five Stages of Recovery, WRAP, SSI Work Incentives, Advocacy, Mutual Support Self Help DTR Combating Negative Self Talk, PICBA, Project Planning, Resources and Evaluations. I will work from this manual and my WRAP book to apply once again for the training in Savannah in October. I have full intention of presenting my project to New Rock and submitting the report to The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. I plan to take care of this just as soon as possible. I am also currently reading Developing A Recovery and Wellness Lifestyle. A self – help guide. From The US Department of Health and Human Services that was handed out at the Georgia Peer Institute training I attended at Simpsonwood Lodge.

In the past while in college I worked as a juvenile tracker for The Southwest Key Program for Newton and Rockdale Counties and visited the children on probation in their home, school and work environments keeping an eye on them and reporting directly back to the courts their status and progress. I hope to one day become a part of The ACT Team and visit others in the community who are recovering from mental challenges. I enjoyed that position I held for a while as a juvenile tracker and feel that I would make a great addition to The ACT Team in visiting those recovering in their home and work environment’s assisting them in their self – help journey to recovery.

1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001

The State has rectified their once mistake time and time again but it has changed nothing as far as the reunification process of me and my daughter’s and my ex- husband continuing to alienate and estrange us by the act of hate. I want this state of GA to know that there have been 1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001. 

And the requirements include:

> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.

> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.

> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.

> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.

> Must be well grounded in recovery

These facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.

I have completed New Rock Day Treatment program, The Respect Institute, The Georgia Peer Institute Training and am now hopeful to one day be accepted to attend the Certified Peer Specialist Training. I have full intention on not giving up. I am determined to obtain my CPS Certification and be gainfully employed by the State of GA as a CPS. No matter how long the essay exam application process takes me. As there is no right or wrong answer it is all essay exam questions. Beginning to work on this today. Please continue to follow me on my journey to becoming a Certified Peer Specialist and thank you to all those who offered support, uplifting and a kind word when I was chosen as a scholarship recipient for the GPSI training classes. I thank you.

When I graduated college at Dekalb Technical College I received The Velocity Award for my program of study. It was entitled The Metamorphosis of a Dream so each and everytime I see a caterpillar or a butterfly my mind goes directly to college and the fact that I was a homemaker raising 5 children and attended over 2 years of college as well as worked in the legal field and got my degree in Business and Legal Administration and Paralegal Certification. Every time I see a caterpillar of a butterfly my mind instantly goes in reminiscing mode of my college days and the fact that “I can do this!” I can complete this CPS Certification training. I feel if I can attend college, work and raise 5 children that I just need to continue to apply until my application is finally chosen.

Student Success Stories :

Velocity

“Metamorphosis of a Dream”

April Sasser, the mother of five, thought she would never get out of dead end jobs, and calls her experience with GVTC the Metamorphosis of a Dream Having four children and another on the way, April’s aspirations and hopes of attending college were dim. After being a domestic engineer for the better part of ten years, April says “I became consumed with the desire to heighten my level of knowledge by furthering my education, broadening my horizons and forever be released from the depths of dead end jobs. I wanted to demonstrate that stay at home mothers do possess the ability as well as capability of obtaining a college education and reaching their career goals. April believes her virtual experience through GVTC, along with her determination, desire and belief that something extraordinary can happen resulted in her “metamorphic” transformation.

In the Fall of 2000 with the support and encouragement of her family, April enrolled in the Business/Legal Office Assistant program. Her first challenge was to adjust her traditional school schedule around her family responsibilities. During her first quarter, April attended a workshop for Internet courses. She began her second quarter by taking Internet courses from the comfort of her own home. She says “I had the convenience of courses with a short walk from my bedroom to my computer. This was especially beneficial to e because if I had to attend on campus classes, I may not have een able to attend many of the classes. The online course allowed me to complete assignments at my convenience. The online procedures were very well explained and detailed which make it easily accessible for the student. The teachers were knowledgeable and informative and were always available and willing to assist or help with any questions or concerns over the course material. “April says that some of her fellow students call her the “online queen” because she takes so many online classes. Being an internet student offers many positive aspects as well as flexibility. Just as you receive a work ethics grade in your regular on site campus courses, you receive a work ethics grade for Internet courses. Out of the 18 classes required for my program of study, I completed 11 online through GVTC. I was always pleased with my experiences from the Internet courses and maintained good grades even though I was not in a regular classroom setting. With the assistance and support of the Internet course program and teachers and my devotion to school, the Internet courses I participated in were always a success. I am very proud to say that I have been a part of Georgia Virtual Technical College and Dekalb Technical College. I will be forever grateful and indebted to all those whether my family, friends, teachers and or administrators that have provided me with assistance, advice and encouragement. Apri looks forward to becoming a lawyer, but says she feels like something is missing since she stopped taking the online courses. April’s story doesn’t end there. When in the Business/Legal Office Assistant program of study, April incorporated classes from the Paralegal Program offered at Dekalb Technical College and obtained her Paralegal Certificate. She contaced the Newton County Department of Labor to discuss employment possibilities for an internship . After hearing April’s Story, Deborah Hoercher, a career specialist at the Newton County Department of Labor in Covington, asked April if she would be interested in telling her story to a group of her clients. Ms. Hoercher felt April’s story of devotion and persistence to her education and family could be beneficial to others. April agreed to speak to the group as a motivational speaker. In June of this year, April was the motivated speaker and was invited to come back and speak to additional groups in the future.

Apri, we wish you continued success!

August 2002 Volume 2 Issue 3 Velocity.

I have also written the introduction of the Paralegal Program at Dekalb Technical College chosen by Honorable Virgil Costley to write the introduction for the Paragraph.The Newsletter for The Georgia Association of Paralegals as a Charter Member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations in April of 2002.

Paralegal Studies at Dekalb Technical College

In the fall of 2001, Dekalb Technical College began the Paralegal Studies program at its Covington – Newton Campus. The student may choose to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate in the Paralegal program of study and may apply for and receive financial aid where applicable. The Paralegal Studies program  provides educational opportunities that will enable them to succeed as paralegals. The curriculum consists of components designed to develop written, oral, and analytical skills in the areas of humanities, behavioral sciences, and mathematics along with specific training in legal ethics, legal writing and research, the court system, civil and criminal litigation, real estate practices, bankruptcy, tort law and contract law. Special emphasis is impressed upon students that the legal proscription against the unauthorized practice of law by anyone who is not a  licensed attorney, as well as the ethical duties attendant to the attorney – client relationship.

For further information into the Paralegal Studies program, please contact the Dean of Instruction Mrs. Delores Gaddie of the Covington – Newton Campus, or the Paralegal Studies program advisor, former Newton County Juvenile Court Judge, Mr. Virgil Costley. Details may be obtained by calling 770-786-9522 or visiting http://www.dekalbtech.org via the World Wide Web.

Dekalb Technical College is currently in the preparational stages of organizing and implementing a charter association of the Georgia Association of Paralegals (GAP) located in Atlanta, Georgia which is under the direction of the National Federation Paralegal Association (NFPA) The Association will allow membership of students as well as local legal assistants, paralegals and attorneys who are interested and would like to become a part of GAP/NFPA. Membership and affiliation with GAP/NFPA would allow for many positive benefits. Including national and local support, guidance and promotion of paralegals. For more information on the many benefits and membership information into GAP or NFPA please visit their website at http://www.gaparalegal.org or http://www.nfpa.org Additional details in regard to membership will be made public in the near future or you may contact the student activities coordinator of Dekalb Technical College, Mrs, Jane Bell – Russo at 770-786-9522

April Sasser

Student Liaison, Paralegal Studies Program/Legal Office Specialist Studies Program

Dekalb Tchnical College

Covington – Newton Campus

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I was honored to have been asked and to write this introduction article by Honorable Virgil Costley while in college.

“I can do this too!” I can become a Certified Peer Specialist for the State of Georgia and help others along their path to recovery. I have become dear friends with my peers and plan to continue to hold them near and dear to my heart and to continue to cherish the many mentors I have had along my life’s path.

Photo taken at :The Monastery of Our Lady of The Holy Spirit Conyers, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Climbing Arabian Mountain

I felt so insignificant today. Or rather I feel so insignificant. I attended a training class offered through View Point Health in Lawrenceville which was nice and was a very good class. But me, Brian and William went for a walk at Arabian Mountain just outside the Rockdale County line in Dekalb County GA and seeing the wilderness, the trees, the mountains, the rocks, the deer and wildlife, the frogs were too cute. Seeing all this had my heart a stir and made me feel so insignificant to the world’s hugeness. I tell myself everyday in so many ways I am no longer hurting in certain specific ways I used to be but it still gets hard. In tears as I blog I just feel so insignificant at the moment and fell in love with just how pretty and huge the wilderness of Arabian Mountain really is. I want so badly for me and my son Tyler to be able to hold my daughter in our arms giving her so much love. The court’s have righted a wrong made years ago but the ache and the pain and alienation still remain. I have been working so hard on obtaining my CPS Certified Peer Specialist Certification for the State of GA. I have applied several times now and have not been accepted. It has become discouraging at this time for me. I did receive scholarship for The GA Peer Institute training and was so pleased to have been a guest at the training. I have once again made application for my CPS Certification and just felt so small and insignificant in the wilderness of Arabian Mountain today. I often tell myself that I have the world at my fingertips “right from home” with the Internet. Given a time I thought I would never be able to read or write again as I was banned from books and literature for a while during a very trying time in my life. I was so lost. But for nearly 3 years now I have been a full time blogger at The Covington News, Covington, GA USA November marking my 3rd year Anniversary. It has been so therapeutic for me and has served its purpose well and has kept me involved in many community activities and kept me very involved in life. The photography I have gotten and posted has been great and large in numbers. Volumes of photos and blogs are at my Covington News blog and here at Word Press. I want so badly to receive my CPS Certification so that I may begin to help others in my community by continuing to share my story of recovery. I have been a large part of The Respect Institute per Mr. Joel Slack and have graduated the program and told my recovery story to many but I want more. I want to be able to work for the State of GA and to show this State that you “DO NOT” alienate the mentally challenged from their children and rip them and their lives apart. 

1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001

The State has rectified their once mistake time and time again but it has changed nothing as far as the reunification process of me and my daughter’s and my ex- husband continuing to alienate and estrange us by the act of hate. I want this state of GA to know that there have been 1000+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001. 

And the requirements include:

> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.

> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.

> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.

> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.

> Must be well grounded in recovery

These facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.

This State wrecked my life and I  have had to work so hard and diligently to rebuild it the best way possible and still function in life. Having a productive life of strength and resiliency. 

The wilderness of Arabian Mountain. God’s bountiful nature just makes me realize how truly insignificant I truly am and that he is holy and just and will continue to show me purpose and meaning as I fervently pray for a life of thriving and peace. 

The beauty and peacefulness of the wilderness at Arabian Mountain has brought me to my knees tonight in prayer and thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for being able to turn a life around that was treated wrongly instead of being aggressive using my coping skills and being assertive in life and in the courtroom to have many wins to name for family violence victims and the mentally challenged. Making a life for myself and a way int this big wide world instead of getting angry and oblivious and turning my story into a story of positive wins in court and a story of recovery not always the victimization end of the totem pole. At one point in time while in college I worked as a juvenile probation officer and visited the children in their school, home and work environments prior to my internship with the Newton County Public Defender’s Office and Esquire Mr. John Strauss, Sr. My goal is to eventually work with the ACT Team as a CPS Specialist and visit clients in their home and work environment;s helping them to build a better life for themselves and keeping their head held high and not allowing the stigma of the mentally challenged to overcome or overbear them. So as not to weigh them down. 

Arabian Mountain is a must see and it touches your heart. On being the heroine of my life and not the victim. IMG_1450

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CPS Essay Application for Albany August 2014

1. Why do you want to become a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)?

One large reason that I desire to become a Certified Peer Specialist is I hope that my efforts and work will produce humanity for all. Humanity for all requires your life and the lives you touch to be handled gently with more love, patience, tolerance and care. I have the potential within me to produce this for myself and all the lives that I touch. I hold the firm belief that I can overcome any obstacle life may throw at me by seeking out and searching for the greater good and the light to any dark obstacles that may show their face in my world. I hope to be able to set an example of this by being a mentor to others and shining my light over their lives that have been effected by darkness and to show those that I touch that even in the presence of problems you can learn to shine your light over your problems and the existence of stigma in your life can be brought to a minimum as we all grow in the hands and faces of humanity together.I have always held a strong ethic towards unconditional love and the many facets of love and feel that by my becoming Certified as a CPS that I can help those that are in a difficult and challenging phase of life. I feel that by my becoming a CPS I can apply my skills and demeanor involving unconditional love and pass it along as humanity for all. I feel that by my becoming a CPS I will be able to lead other mental health consumers towards a brighter and more loving mental health environment and world. I believe that happiness is something we create and by my becoming a CPS I can instill this in many others, just as I have myself over the last few years and all the while re building my life through my consistent and persistent efforts and works.

I want to take my experiences, risks, opportunities and personal growth and apply them to real daily life by giving to other’s. I want to take these experiences and turn them into lessons to be taught and applied to life. I want to teach other’s that mistakes are truly opportunities. I want to show strength and bravery to all by applying my life experiences and combining them with tools to help other’s apply their strengths and weaknesses and turn them into achieved goals. I want to teach other’s that through mistakes you can build self confidence. Once you define a clear goal then you can achieve anything. Teaching that focusing on risks that include a larger purpose can be productive and you will grow and gain from it. I want to teach other’s that you can enable your joy to flourish amid the fears and difficulties of life. By reading self – help books and working on self – help worksheets daily and acting on it you can gain knowledge and purpose. That while you may be starting out with small steps they lead to larger steps. Even the smallest of successes can bring about big feelings of competence. That by thinking, speaking and acting positively you can make each small step into a desired completed victory. I want to share my ten years experience of self – help and self – directed recovery with other’s. I want to mentor to other’s the key factors important in maintaining a healthy balance being the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I want to mentor to other’s how to hope, dream and inspire ones self into learning how to obtain empowerment to include a good and well state of mind and health. That regaining health, mind and strength are achievable if you apply yourself and work at it daily. Teaching, instructing and training other’s how to regain whole health of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual once again and reclaiming the quality of life one once had and is accustomed to can be achieved and is within ones reach and grasp with the goal of improving and gaining a better quality of life.

2. What makes you a good candidate to work with other consumers in the mental health field?
I feel that I would be excellent at working with other consumers in the mental health field given the fact that  I can deliver a life that has gone from illness to recovery. I feel that I would be excellent at working with other consumers in the mental health field given the fact(s) that I can share my life story that consists of illness to wellness and recovery and leave a lasting impression for the mental health consumer as I have lived a life first hand that consists of illness to wellness and have bore great fruits during my journey to recovery. I have contributed to many others by and through my blogs. I have had a blog at Word Press for over two (2) years and I have had a blog at The Covington Newspaper for nearly 18 months. Both blogs have served the driven purpose of helping others and leaving my voice and  words as a  mark in this world. I have been very committed to helping others in my blogs and have shared of many activities that I have participated in within my community. I feel that with all my experiences and transferable skills that I will be able to bring out the best in others. I feel that I will be able to relate to, understand and comprehend those who are in the illness phase as well as the recovery phase, given I have traveled the road from illness to wellness. A non linear journey that has left a lasting impression on my life and which I continually strive for the best in all situations. I have had many great mentors on my path’s journey and now feel that it is my time to contribute more to the world rather than just my blogs. I am determined to become a CPS and to coach other’s towards wellness and contribute to their recovery stories. I feel strongly that the fact I have gone from illness to wellness and recovery in my journey that other’s will be drawn towards me and my efforts and that I am capable of having a spiraling effect on many others where their road to wellness is made gentler and brighter for all involved in their recovery. I feel that I make an excellent candidate to work with others given my ethics, devotion, persistence, and commitment to those with mental illness. I firmly believe that I am the best candidate that can show others how to succeed in their world as well. Given my college degree in Business/Legal Office Administration and Paralegal Fundamentals I feel that I can use my college degree from Dekalb Technical College, Covington Campus to help others in need of assistance in obtaining their GED or College degree, as I was a maid at one point with 5 children and felt as though I would never go to college. I have since graduated with dual program awards and have spoken at The Georgia Department of Labor as an advocate for education and family alike. I have in the past prepared a Pro Se case regarding my own children and won my hearing in open court of The Honorable Sidney Nation. I have since my Pro Se case that I filed won many hearings regarding my own children and feel that my input into other mental health consumer’s lives will change their world for the better. I feel that other mental health consumers can gain strength and resiliency from me as their mentor and friend. I also feel that I will be able to help other mental health consumers by sharing my love of education, family and mental illness leaving behind a great feeling that consists of a desire to better themselves by and through education and for the betterment of family and self. The betterment of self has been a top priority for me in my life and as well as in the judicial system of The State of Georgia and other mental health consumers can bravely achieve just as much success as I have had with my leadership and goals as a foundation for other mental consumers to lean on and know that I am available to them throughout their Non Linear journey. I hope to be able to place a lasting legacy for The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, View Point Health and other mental health consumers just as I have left a lasting legacy in GA State Law that I will share with you and those others that it may concern. I know that given the many lives I have already touched that there is many more to come in my future, for myself, my children, my family and my community.
I was first diagnosed as an adult in August of 2004 and bring to the field ten years worth of experience and personal growth to share with other’s. I have ten years worth of risks, growth and achieved goals to share and teach other’s of. I hold the keys and tools to mistakes, risks and goals. I hold the skills to making stress, anxiety and worry your ally. I have gained the necessary knowledge to teach and share with other’s self – evaluation and how to recognize that self is very important along with one’s whole health being one’s responsibility and how to master complete and total control of one’s life even when faced with a mental diagnosis. I have gained in knowledge of how to plan for the future when faced with a diagnosis and how to make that future productive. I hold the ability to teach other’s that one can remain hopeful and that the human ability to learn gives hope for managing mental illness. I have personal experience in personal growth and self – help along with experience in the courtroom for those with mental illness and have been an advocate in and out of the courtroom for myself and other’s. I have gained the necessary life skills to mentor other’s in their day to day living and to make their aspirations, hopes and desires achieved goals and prosperous opportunities for their future. I know how to identify you can use a diagnosis as the first step in getting well. Stating your readiness to start thinking about and planning how to reach life goals. Having ten years of life experience I know exactly how to remain hopeful and steadfast with improvement and receiving positive outcomes from your patterns of growth. I have the experience also in the classroom with teaching to my peers the importance of many life skills and goals that should be set and that are attainable in the face of adversity while having a mental illness diagnosis. I have taught many classes at New Rock and always teach on a moment’s notice with no assistance necessary. I feel that I am responsible, dependable and knowledgeable to contribute to the personal, physical and mental growth of myself and to other’s.
3. What does recovery mean to you?
Recovery is a journey that I have learned is Non Linear. Recovery may be Non Linear but one must push forward even in the darkest of days and night’s so as not to lose one self along the way. Recovery to me has been a journey of laughs, love, tears and full of fear, but I have held on tightly to the foundations that I was given as a young girl and young mother and have continued to fight for myself and my family in and out of the courtroom, having a great success story. Recovery to me is having the peace of mind that I have had much success during my recovery phase and have been able to touch the lives of counselors, doctors, attorney’s and judges all alike, as well as friends, mentors and loved ones. I have left my voice in their hearts as they have watched me grow from being a family violence victim with a mental diagnosis to a blossoming young lady who has surpassed the dangers and fears of family violence and mental illness by not ever throwing in the towel so to speak and continuing daily to walk in the direction of love and light and to share that love and light with all other’s that I meet. Recovery to me involves continuing to help those in need such as family violence victims, the parentally alienated, mental health consumers and those hoping and involved in parental reunification process of having life and love with their family and all their children. As I would love to be able to elaborate on further during my Pre Test. Recovery to me is becoming and meeting a state of blissfulness and comfort in your own skin and your own world, so much so that you begin to leave your mark on the world, one day at a time, one breath at a time all the while knowing that you will eventually succeed even during those times that many lose faith in you. Recovery is a process where you refuse to lose sight of yourself and drive forward in your daily life to prove those that knocked you down as wrong for doing so. Graciously and patiently re building your world one day at a time and one breath at a time if necessary, but never giving up on your dreams and taking those dreams to your family, loved ones, your higher power and community by exhibiting a good faith effort and strong communication and leadership skills and tools that you learn on your road to recovery. Recovery is taking those strong communication and leadership skills and sharing it daily with your community, just as I have done in my blogs and within my family and loved ones. I have not had a very strong support system and have fought the good fight many a day on my own knowing and holding firmly to hope and keeping the faith that I would eventually succeed and I feel that becoming a CPS is the next endeavor in my life that I am meant to cross the path of. Recovery is a constant state of work and you must have along with faith, a strong hold of self – esteem and self – help that proves to be positive as long as you “Celebrate Yourself. ” A book that was bought for me as a young girl was “Celebrate Yourself”, by Dorothy Briggs that has left a lasting impression on my heart and mind and has kept me focused for many years since my inception of reading the book. Recovery to me is knowing that as I sit and answer these Pre Test questions that my life has progressed even further than I would have ever imagined it would and I am on my way to much more success within my family, my community and my state of Georgia. I know within my heart that I have finally arrived. I have finally arrived at another phase in my recovery and would love to share my life with other mental health consumers and mentors. Recovery to me is knowing full well that I have been chosen from my classes at New Rock to become a CPS and am living each moment in awe and thanking my higher power that I have finally been able to find other’s that appreciate me for me and that I have the opportunity finally to be more of me that I ever have been before. I have at this point came face to face with wellness and recovery and it is a very good feeling. I hope to be able to share this with many others in my future.
Discovery and healing are above all and should be applied generously to life skills and you gain understanding and insight into one self and are therefore able to attain and achieve whole health wellness. By listening to your needs and seeking understanding you inspire yourself to continue on with life in the face of adversity. By creating a new story you are the author of your life and the hero who overcomes adversity. By creating meaning you remind yourself what you are living for. By asking for help and reaching out to someone you grow in self – respect and begin setting higher and higher goals to accomplish. By applying coping skills, behavior, emotional responses, bodily symptoms and events and situations into your daily routine you achieve whole health wellness and a commitment to recovery. Ten years worth of growth from my diagnosis to teaching class to my peers to application of essay exam to become a CPS has included much growth and reward and a lot of gained ground over the years to present. I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. you must think of the consequences and see the impact for tomorrow, next week or next year. You must structure your day. A productive schedule keeps you on track and connected to the world. By setting an action plan being specific and with deadlines you are focusing on now with the achieved goal in mind. When you prioritize healing you are making healing, growth and recovery the most important goals above all else. With that in mind you will gain ground in becoming a complete and whole person once again. By fighting the trigger you may experience you are taking an active approach to protecting yourself. Recovery involves not only self – help but getting others to support your recovery by telling people what you need. Every person has individual needs and people who have a mental illness have the same basic needs as other people. Being in recovery consists of being confident in knowing what your needs are and how to have them met. Putting painful emotions behind you is a very rare but important task along with releasing any and all denial you may carry. Learning to apply life skills and reality to denial you can vanquish the feelings of loss, pain and suffering. Finding your biggest strengths and best qualities will become second nature and you will learn how to act upon this improving all aspects of whole health and your life.
4. What were some of the important factors in your own recovery?
A few key components in my recovery have been the following : My ability to journal and blog daily has been a strong suit of mine. Blogging at Word Press and at The Covington Newspaper has been most therapeutic and I continue to present date to blog of my life’s activities at New Rock and in my community. I have had many great mentors along my life’s course of which have included : Counselors, Doctors, Attorney’s and Judges alike and have been able to contribute all that I have learned to my peers at New Rock. I have been blessed to have had the path that I have led. A path that has led me to many great mentors and friends who I have learned a lot from and have been able to take their education and friendship that was provided to use it as a strong suit in my journaling and blogging. I have had many great mentors and hope to make them proud by continuing along my path of great success with even more success by obtaining my certification of becoming a CPS. A very important factor has been believing in myself and holding strong to faith that I would succeed at any cost to myself. By practicing self – help daily it has formed a great practice that has paid off for me in the long run. Self – help is a vital key to success. Being able to believe in one self practicing self – help techniques daily and putting them into practice in your life and daily walk. Another important factor has been accepting the fact that I am a mental health client. For example, in the beginning stages of diagnosis as an abused young lady of family violence I was also diagnosed with depression, codependency and bi – polar. In the beginning, I did not want to accept the fact that not only was I a family violence victim but that I also had a mental diagnosis that had formed and shaped themselves in my life over the many years of abuse. I have since been able to accept the fact that I have been a family violence victim with a mental diagnosis that has finally overcame the fear and stigma that comes with being a mental health client. I have committed myself to daily progress and with the high hope that one day I would be able to share my feelings with others as opposed to keeping them all bottled up inside. I have been able to carry this dream of mine forward and make many dreams of mine a reality. Focusing on making your dreams a reality requires great effort and a constant state of persistence and commitment on your behalf. Being able to stand alone and stand for everything that I have believed in has been an amazing feeling and makes me so proud of myself and proud to be able to share my story with GA Peer Specialist Certification Training leaders.  During the last year of my life being a mental health consumer at New Rock, I have been able to progress from PSR to Peer Support and have been able to not only take classes but I have been able to teach classes to my other peers. I have been able to share everything that  I have learned from my CPS and transfer the notes and classes into my classes. I have by consistently pressing forward in life to build a new life for myself through the lessons my CPS has taught me as well. I have been a client at New Rock for a year now and intend on continuing with my classes and the intent on becoming a CPS regardless of how long it may take me. I feel that I am the best candidate from New Rock to be able to deliver a positive message of illness to recovery and illness to wellness.
Acceptance and attitude have played key roles in my recovery. Self – management support tools along with a healthy changes plan have contributed to my goals and plan for overcoming difficulties and have proven positive. In some of my darkest moments hope has emerged when I have taken care of some of the following:
Facing my difficulties. Tackling them and setting achievable goals. Reframing my problems and adjusting my standards by learning and knowing that no one is perfect and that perfectionism should be avoided and to stop setting myself up for failure by demanding perfectionism. Focusing on the positive. Adjusting my attitude. Sharing my feelings. Learning to forgive. Speaking up and coping with the emotional pain other than dismissing it and not facing it head on. Focusing on important tasks using a technique of magnification and minimization to help sort out what is most important and highest attainable positive outcome. By accepting and gaining understanding and knowledge that seeing my doctor regularly and maintaining a medication management plan I can be productive and remain in recovery not allowing the triggers to set me back. Also by attending support groups and keeping all therapeutic appointments and not ignoring warning signs or isolating I can remain in a constant state of growth and recovery. By working towards a resolution and setting cognitive boundaries I have progressed into a state of maturity with my illness and have reached the desired goal of recovery time and time again always gaining more ground than the day or month before. By studying relationship conflict resolution I have gained the necessary skills to maintain focus on the problem and not to blame myself or my person. I have grown from passive, aggressive and hurtful communication to assertive communication by applying and expressing my feelings and needs in a way that also respects the rights of the other person and helps me to stand up for my personal rights and to help other’s learn and know their rights without compromising the constant state of recovery. I have worked closely with my private therapist and View Point Health for nearly ten years now remaining consistent and steadfast in my self – recovery by keeping in contact with my providers and also maintaining whole health recovery and the fact that whole health is of great importance. By applying what I know to what I do I remain steadfast and true to my recovery. This has given my recovery good orderly direction and helped me to see and understand those things that may get in the way of my recovery application. I have learned to accept what I cannot change. Planning recovery. Picking my battles and living one day at a time. I have made a self inventory of my character flaws and defects and learn from them daily caring about my whole self. I have held myself accountable for my illness and accepted it. I take a daily inventory of my feelings and my actions making certain that this inventory individualizes my recovery needs and puts my priorities first. View Point Health over the last ten years and New Rock over the last couple of years have laid a stronger and greater foundation for me in which to rest my head upon by teaching me the skills to mentor to other’s holding myself accountable for my actions and the recovery of other’s by attending day program classes along with leading and teaching and being mentor to many.
5. What types of experiences have you had in advocating for consumers of mental health services? Please describe in detail, listing efforts in letter – writing, personal advocacy, personal testimony, programs you began or the work you are doing now. Be specific.
I have written many letters to many different groups and organizations in the State of Georgia that assist family violence victims and those with a mental illness. I have written many letters to these groups and organizations along with many attorney’s and judges seeking justice for me and my children. I have built and conducted my own Pro Se hearing in Rockdale County GA and in the aftermath having the judge to reverse his previous decision of alienating me from my children due to mental illness. I have had numerous court hearings in the offices of and under the direction of Honorable Nancy Bills, Honorable Sidney Nation, Honorable Stanley Rhymer and Honorable Samuel Ozburn. Winning and experiencing success  with each of these hearings to mine and my daughter(s) favor and on our behalf. Proving myself to the judicial system has been of most importance to me and I practice each and every day the efforts I have exerted to show these offices that I have taken a serious and devoted effort to those of family violence, parental alienation, mental health consumers and those seeking parental reunification process. I have led the way in the judicial system for the last nearly 10 years in making a difference in the lives of family violence victims, parental alienation, mental health consumers and those seeking parental reunification process by leaving my name Sasser v. Sasser as a lasting legacy of the O.C.G.A. Official Code of Georgia Annotated. I have had 2 blogs, one at Word Press and the other at The Covington News that I have shared my story of personal advocacy and given personal testimony  everyday for the last couple of years by contributing to my community in my blogs by sharing my personal recovery story along with personal testimony. I feel that I have been an excellent source of information for those who are in the judicial system to include attorney’s, law enforcement and judges as well. I had the opportunity to attend conference at St. Simons Island of The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and had the great opportunity to meet Ms. Jen Banathy and was able to bring home and to my community the teachings of The Respect Institute and now New Rock has its graduates, including myself of The Respect Institute. I have been in charge of organizing a meeting with Honorable Samuel Ozburn whom is the Honorable that will head up the new Mental Health Court’s of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit. I have placed via first class mail two notebooks for Honorable Ozburn. One being a folder of View Point Health and the other from Skyland Trail put together by Ms. Jen Banathy which in it entirety consisted of materials and information regarding The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and the Respect Institute along with policies and procedures of View Point Health and New Rock. You may view my efforts of an advocate at http://aprilfullersasser.wordpress.com/advocate-awareness/  and at  http://community.covnews.com/accounts/view/6373/.
I have shared my story with The Respect Institute and have been a graduate along with many other of my peers given I brought the class back to my mentors and shared with them everything that I have learned. I am pleased and proud to say I have introduced New Rock to The Respect Institute and I am now a graduate sharing my story with others. I also volunteer monthly at The Social Circle Rehabilitation and Wellness Living home to the elderly where we have Arts & Crafts and / or cooking with the clients and patients. I also began 26 Acts of Kindness Georgia and contributed greatly to the 26 Acts of Kindness by sharing with the elderly in my community the items necessary for journaling and a Christmas Tree at Christmas. You may also view this at my blog of Word Press as listed above. Over the last year I have been able and exposed to the teachings of PSR and have taken notes on all the classes I was taught by my case – workers and my Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Ms. Brenda Williams. I took notes in every class and would then blog about my classes introducing my community to the new “In” thing, No Stigma any longer accepted. Now that I am a member of Peer Support I have been able to take all the classes I have worked in and teach them to my fellow peer’s as well as all the classes  I have taken at Peachford for depression, codependency and bi – polar. I have never had an alcohol or drug addiction problem, but am a Codependent in the giving and nurturing nature and by being an enabler. I have been able to share with my fellow peer’s of all the worksheets, handouts and self – help books and notes I have picked up over the year’s. So finally, my hard work as a mental health consumer is now paying off in my sharing with others what I have been blessed to learn. For the last year of my life I have contributed to New Rock and shared with my community through my blogs that I am an advocate for the following as listed above: Family Violence Victims, Parentally alienated Parent’s, Parental reunification process and mental health consumers as well. I have been able to deliver these efforts over the last few years to my community and now to my fellow peers. I feel that the endeavor I started of being victorious in the court room has turned into a vital part of my recovery and I vow to continue to support those listed above daily and weekly until I can become a CPS and share of my journey with a broader territory. At Celebrate Recovery and at Peachford I have learned to believe in The Serenity Prayer and as well in The prayer of Jabez.
Old Testament passage 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. (NIV)
I have shared with my fellow peers and my community the fact of being incarcerated in 2005 for 6 months and on the Forensic Unit at Georgia Regional for 90 days. I made certain that I was found competent and was made whole once again even though I had been in a state of decompensation while incarcerated. I had no one in support of me and had lost my will to live. I have the experience of being at Georgia Regional for 90 days on the Forensic Unit and knowing full well it was imperative to be found competent so that I could be a part of my children’s lives once again. At the time of incarceration I never thought I would be able to accomplish anything else or that I would ever write again. It was a very hard road traveled but I have completed all requirements of the arrest years ago and have the great probability of having the issue expunged in the very near future. I have truly been blessed by all my success in the open court room regarding my children even though the incarceration period is a part of my history. I have overcame that hurdle with flying colors and have been competent and willing to accept it as part of my story and to share it with those I meet in hopes of helping others to overcome difficult hurdles in their lives.
I prayed the Prayer of Jabez and my prayers were answered. I hope to be able to enlarge my territory even more so by becoming a CPS. I hope for my territory to be widened and to broaden my path to touch many others at all cost. I am in awe of the fact of arriving to the point of applying for a CPS Position, something that I never thought possible but has been placed in my life’s path for me to overcome. I look forward to working with many other mental health consumers and CPS ‘s along my Non Linear path of illness to recovery and wellness. I have laid the foundation for those with a mental illness to conduct their lives as normally as possible and to win in the face of darkness in the judicial system as I have been honest and forthcoming with my entire history to several judges and have been accepted into their graces and won many hearings to mine and my daughter’s behalf. I would be happy to share these forensic and court document’s if ever necessary. I have shared with my case – worker Mrs. Shakila Henderson Baker my entire file and brief from my attorney so that she may gain a greater insight into those who have a mental illness. She was an excellent teacher and great mentor. I have been able to shed light on those affected and effected with mental illness so that others that follow behind me will have a leg to stand on in open court. I am proud of my wins in open court and at this moment am very pleased with my progress and accomplishments over long term goals that I set for myself many years ago.
I have been actively involved in support groups of many types to include Codependency (the caregiver), and have worked closely with the leaders and all members in order to achieve a higher attainable goal of positive results. I have attended and taught classes in PSR and in Peer Support through New Rock Day Services Program. I have been actively involved in the court system for ten years advocating and supporting the rights of the mentally ill, family violence victims, the parentally alienated and for parental reunification process involving those with mental illness. I have won many court hearings to my behalf in the O.C.G.A. ( Official Code of Georgia Annotated) and feel that with my many wins have left behind a lasting legacy in the State of Georgia. I have written many letter to attorney’s, public officials and Judges regarding mental illness and mental health in support of and in advocacy of. I have had a personal blog at my local hometown newspaper for over two years now (The Covington News) where I voluntarily and very willingly offer letter writing, personal advocacy and public testimony to those with mental illness and my experiences in behavioral health services to include my experiences and my mentoring. I am very active in my community and share in my growth and mental progress with my community and all attorney’s and Judges giving a record and account of my life to The Mental Health Court’s of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit for many years now to come out on top many times over during the last ten years always in support and advocacy of those with mental illness and those in recovery. I attend all events of the Newton County Square and blog of many community activities and events at my Covington News blog of these events through therapeutic written and photographic blogs. I have been and on again off again member of Celebrate Recovery and have attended many classes and given personal testimony here and at church many times. I have worked closely with State Representative Mr. Rick Jeffares on a law for Juveniles to include each and every child having their own attorney and personal legal council during the course of a legal separation or divorce as opposed to the divorcing parent’s attorney. Mr. Rick Jeffares has also referred me to State Representative Mr. Andy Welch where I have also shared in my ideas and intent of the passing of this law for Juveniles and parent’s alike. I have visited the State Capitol for those with mental illness and been a very strong advocate of this event for my State and my County. I am a graduate of The Respect Institute of Georgia with Mr. Joel Slack and Ms. Jen Banathy and have shared with my local legal system The Respect Institute and its importance to our State in hopes that The Alcovy Judicial Circuit Mental Health Courts will adopt The Respect Institute for court ordered procedures and in local colleges and prison systems. I am mentor and friend to many at New Rock and feel that I have contributed to their personal growth. I have had the opportunity to be in attendance at St. Simons Island through New Rock for recovery training and classes and brought back all information and introduced New Rock to The Respect Institute for myself and my peers to be able to attend.
6. Why do you think it is important for CPS ‘s to tell their recovery stories?
I have found out the hard way that one will lose themselves if not sharing of your illness and recovery. I firmly believe in self – help as it was introduced in my life at a young age. One will lose their self – esteem and love of self if holding it all within. It is very important to share your illness to recovery story so that other’s may come to know and understand that having a mental illness is not a nightmare that should be ignored but that it is a stepping stone that should be uncovered daily. I have been an advocate for myself and my daughter(s) since my release of incarceration in 2005. I have 5 children. 2 biological and 3 adopted step – daughter’s that I adopted through the State of Georgia in 1999. 4 of my children are 20 and older and my youngest only minor remaining child will be 14 in October. I feel strongly that it is very important to share your recovery story so as not to lose one self and by continuing to press forward with your recovery story even in the face of darkness as I have. Many groups and organizations have the motto  that includes having a voice and speaking up for one self. I feel it necessary to do more than just have a pretty motto but to live out your daily walk living in the moment of that motto. Sharing the motto with your community and your world. The Rockdale Coalition for family violence precludes as their motto : Break the Silence, Stop the Violence. I feel that I should share my recovery story and have a voice that would make Deputy District Attorney Richard R. Read proud of me as I was a member during his campaign years ago and was in daily support of my children as well as the 3 legally adopted step – daughter’s. I named the page at my blog Advocate Awareness in the respect that I was an “Advocate.” I have taken my blogs and my life very seriously. I have always believed since my days of being an advocate and supporter of Deputy District Attorney Richard R. Read that being open and sharing your story is a powerful tool not to be taken lightly. Even in the event of my being under scrutiny about being an advocate I have continued with my efforts and they have proven successful and I have been able to bare many great fruits from my being an advocate and blogging of (Advocate Awareness) It is crucial to your health to take care of your entire being, your physical and your mental so that you may continue to grow and be able to bare good fruit’s. Sharing your story of illness to recovery lays a foundation for all those who come behind you to take hold of and as it relates to them being able to grasp your story and apply it to their lives. Being a strong advocate has been an endeavor of mine that turned into goals and has came full circle for me and has become a reality. I am proud to say that my sharing my story has empowered myself and others. By me laying the foundation of good fruits in the O.C.G.A. I feel that I have paved the road to all those with mental illness who are determined to be a part of their children’s lives and be able to share with your loved ones all your hard efforts and to in return have them understand you. Being accepted by my loved ones, family and community has been a great goal of mine of which has been achieved. There is a world of difference in me than was not present in 2005 but has came to life and has paved the way to many happy days for me. I feel that more law enforcement officials, attorney’s, public defender’s and Judges need to be taught that it is important and imperative to share your illness to recovery story. I have put this goal of mine into action in my community by having Honorable meet with The Respect Institute when Honorable Ozburn comes for a tour of New Rock in June. I hope and pray that by Honorable Ozburn meeting with those of View Point Health as well as The Respect Institute that he will take what he has learned from View Point Health, The Respect Institute and the peers and share it with his fellow Judges along with attorney’s that practice in his courtroom. This takes me to the next question of what will be the most difficult challenge in attending the Certified Peer Specialist training.
6.Why do you think it is important for CPS ‘s to tell their recovery stories?
Being mentor to other’s is a crucial and vital key and component to recovery. It is not only important to share your story but to be mentor and friend in the process. By telling your story you work towards desired goals and work toward a resolution to your own life by giving, sharing and mentoring to other’s. You grow immensely in your private life as well as in personal achievement and growth. You learn to understand and recognize your strengths and weaknesses and learn how to help other’s recognize theirs as well. By knowing and understanding these strengths and weaknesses your whole health grows in a positive light and your demeanor and mannerisms become second nature to healing and recovery in all aspects of your life as well as those you touch, contributing to their whole health and growth. By sharing in your feelings you gain knowledge of coping skills, boundaries and life lessons that help you deal with stress and anxiety on a greater and higher level. During the phases of telling your recovery story you teach other’s how to tell their stories empowering them to become more. Empowering them to become mentor and friend in their futures as well setting a healthy cycle in motion for the greater good and stronger foundation for everyone including yourself that your story touches. There are many challenges we face in life and we are all responsible and held accountable for the way we conduct our lives and the choices we make. By setting high standards and goals for yourself and then passing these along to those you mentor you are laying a solid foundation for whole health recovery. Developing a recovery program and telling your story in daily life is an important and key factor to whole health recovery and you gain knowledge and wisdom with each and every time you tell your story. I have ten years worth of experience and have been rewarded as of recent accordingly to include : Inspiring other’s with strength and resilience and working towards goals with increased stability. By sharing your story you keep other’s from becoming discouraged over their very own lives whether that be emotional, mental or physical. You help by mentoring and caring for the person as a whole by giving them the tools to enlightenment you open their eyes for improvement and achieved desired goals. You maintain a healthy balance in life and set the ground and foundation for other’s to be successful in their progress and day to day living. Teaching other’s to live one day at a time, one moment at a time actually lays a stronger foundation for whole health improvement over the long run and for many years to come just as I have over the last ten years of experience in recovery. You give yourself and other’s a voice that otherwise may not exist if not for sharing and telling your story. A voice of love, caring, advocacy and mentorship that awakens the body, mind and spirit.
7. What will be your most  difficult challenge in attending the Certified Peer Specialist training? How will you deal with this challenge?
One of greatest goals is to overcome the stigma that comes attached with sharing your story. All too often you hear about or read a Motto that insists on you sharing your story but when it boils down to it not many attorney’s and judges believe in sharing your story as it is considered not acceptable to the community. An obstacle that still stands strong today is the fact that my personal family law attorney has asked me to not share or blog of the current custody and visitation issues pertaining to my youngest daughter. I feel that all law enforcement officers, doctors, attorneys and judges should be made aware of how very  important it is to allow mental health consumers and victims of family violence to be able to share their stories. I hope to put an end to shying away from telling your story in public, to it being accepted and noted by all law enforcement, doctor’s, attorney’s and judges all in the same. I want to during my training be able to express and stress the importance of sharing your story with the public and the great difficulty that often comes with sharing your story and it being accepted by the public as a whole. I have been working on the importance of this vital organ my entire life and especially since August of 2004 of my initial diagnosis. I hope to be able to express and stress this to the team of trainer’s for the CPS that I will be attending and to be able to get some positive feedback on how to share your story so that other’s will respect you and value you for the whole being that you are. Not trying to make you hush of your experiences. I hope to be able to deliver this concern of mine to the team during training and to enlighten Honorable Samuel Ozburn on his tour of New Rock so that he may take his findings back to his fellow judges of Newton County and Walton County (The Alcovy Judicial Circuit.) It has been nothing short of an act from God and my willingness to succeed that I have made much progress already and hope to continue to be able to share with my community. I will deal with this challenge by bringing it to the attention of my mentors and trainer’s and bringing back my lessons learned along with notes taken to my blog The Covington News so that my community can begin to spread the word of No Stigma attached to your recovery story. It is pertinent that your story be told and shared and accepted by all, especially those who hold the offices listed above. I have been honest and open regarding my life and I feel that if you are open and honest about your illness to wellness story that you will have others to meet you with respect. I look forward to learning new tools and transferable skills to share with my community once I have completed the training. My hope is that once View Point Health and The Respect Institute meet with Honorable Ozburn of which  have set up for June 2013 that he will implement many of the policies and procedures to his courtroom. The Superior Court’s along with the Mental Health Court that he will be heading up. I will speak more of this in my training classes and hopefully get some great insight into reaching out to the offices listed above for help and kindness along with understanding and empathy to include humanity for all.
7. What will be your most difficult challenge in attending the Certified Peer Specialist training? How will you deal with this challenge?
My most difficult challenge will be in traveling and the cost. I live in Conyers, GA. which is long distance to the training classes. I will have difficulty in obtaining enough and adequate gas funds to drive to the training. I will also have great difficulty in obtaining the necessary funds for gas, lodging and food. I am in hopes of a loan from a family member or in obtaining a personal loan from a finance company in order to fund my goals of attendance.
8. Describe your current employment situation (or volunteer situation). If neither applies, how do you spend your time?
I am currently unemployed. I attend Day Treatment Services Monday – Friday at New Rock in Covington GA.,  from 8:45 to 2:15  and I currently volunteer at The Social Circle Rehabilitation and Wellness Retirement home for the elderly. I spend my free time blogging at Word Press and at The Covington News, of which I had my blogs on display at Skyland Trail (Arts in The Garden) and at the Porter Branch Library in Covington. My blogs were on display as an art form and it made me very proud to be able to share with Skyland Trail and Porter Branch Library in my community of all my advocacy. Advocacy for myself and my children, along with advocacy for the Day Treatment Program of New Rock, showing and sharing with my entire community what I encounter at New Rock each week. I have spent a large amount of time over the last month or so studying as part of my maintenance plan on becoming a CPS. I have read at the website and have it listed as a part of my maintenance plan that I follow through with advocacy and complete my Application Pre – Test. I am right on schedule and target for my maintenance plan and will continue to follow my maintenance plan as to the best of my ability. My maintenance plan can be obtained if necessary. It clearly reflects that  I am a work in progress that plans to become a  CPS and I have been given great and an over abundance of support from the New Rock staff for me to work each day a little more to becoming a CPS.
8. Describe your current employment situation (or volunteer situation). If neither applies, how do you spend your time?
I am not currently employed. I am currently actively seeking employment and working closely with The Supported Employment Program on obtaining employment. I have a revised resume and have been actively applying for positions in my community. I have been working diligently on this for some time now with The Supported Employment Program and at home during the day and evenings. I have been a volunteer at Social Circle Rehabilitation and Retirement Center through New Rock and have visited and worked closely with the Elders. During the day I have been in attendance as a student and Peer at New Rock Day Services Program and with The Supported Employment Program. I have been taking the necessary steps towards employment everyday by filling out applications, submitting and handing out my revised Resume. I enjoy reading and journaling along with attending community events and blogging of it at my Covington News blog, my local hometown paper. I visit the doctor regularly and maintain a health medication management regimen daily.
9. Is there anything else you would like us to know in considering you for the Certified Peer Specialist training?
I am a young mother who has taken a stand against family violence, parental alienation, the mentally challenged and parental reunification process of those with a mental illness. I feel that in 2005 I was discriminated against for having a diagnosis of family violence and became diagnosed with depression, codependency as the enabler and bi – polar. I have proven myself in a court of law to be competent and strong. I have had much success within the Judicial system of The State of Georgia and hope that my efforts will apply at the National level in the very near future, for attorney’s and Judge’s alike to be able to see and recognize that one should not be alienated or suffer estrangement from their children and loved ones due to family violence or a mental diagnosis. I have been very open and honest about my life’s activities and always making certain to continue with the proper health care in a physical and mental sense as I strongly believe that the person should be treated as a whole individual. Taking special care of ones physical and mental health. I strive daily to work towards all goals on my maintenance and treatment plans at New Rock and feel that it is my time to shine as the best candidate from New Rock by being chosen to attend the CPS training classes. I would like to share a synopsis of my life’s events here, of which I can obtain any and all forensic, medical or court documentation that will support me in my advocacy.
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward. Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.
February 8th – 1972 – birth
1982 – divorce of parent’s – Mayron and Brenda Fuller
1982 – death of grandmother – Dora Irene Chriswell – CANCER
1986 – change in Custody – I went to live with my Aunt & Uncle – Roxie and Jerry Nunley
1986 – 1991 – Newton County High School, Covington, Georgia
1991 – (after 5 years of high school) – graduate
Summer 1990 – Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center DayCamp Counselor
1991 – Newton County High school graduate
1992 – birth of son, Tyler
1995 – marriage to Charles (Chuck) Sasser
1999 – Final Adoption of step – daughters, Destiny, Brittany and Amber
1999 – birth of daughter, Charli Savannah
2000 – Dekalb Technical College
2000 – Diagnosis of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Disease – Genetically inherited, not contagious, http://www.alphaone.org
2001 – Certificate of Appointment of Notary Public
2002 – Dekalb Technical College graduate – Business/Legal office diploma – Paralegal certification
2003 – Georgia Real Estate classes completed, you may see achievements in my blogroll on homepage.
2004 – 2004 cv 1246 N still lingering to spite (5) five Honorables to date that have instructed Mr. Sasser that he will NOT remain in a constant state of contempt. March 7th 2012 acrfs
2005 – divorce of April Fuller Sasser and Charles (Chuck) Sasser
2005 – 2006 – September 2005 – September 2006 / A year for growing and learning. This was a very hard year for me to endure. It was bitter sweet. My divorce was finalized, my mother passed away, the beginning of parental alienation of myself and my daughters – Destiny, Brittany, Amber and Charli Savannah, my life began to fall apart – in being bitter sweet – I was dealing with a lot. The position was a very trying time considering. On the other hand, I am grateful for the learning experience and the surroundings of my life and body shielded and protected me from a lot of pain and in the long run looking back kept me from thoughts of harming myself or suicide.
2006 – death of mother – Brenda Chriswell Fuller
2007 – death of granfather – Eugene Chriswell – brain tumor CANCER
2008 – March 21st, 2008 – Honorable Sidney Nation, Rockdale Judicial Circuit reverses his previous decision per me and my daughter Charli Savannah. Interim order issued per our reunification process in our favor.
2009 – death of father – Mayron Fuller – CANCER
2010 – Diagnosis of Pericardial Effusion – (fluid around the heart)
2004 – 2010 – Advocate for ending domestic abuse and family violence – Advocate of  NAMI (National Alliance of the Mentally Ill)
NAMI  International and NAMI Georgia –
May 2011 – Cardiac catheterization at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia – pericardial effusion
May 24th 2011 – Superior Court, Walton County Georgia, Re: April Sasser v. Charles Sasser – contempt action per court ordered visitation of my daughter Charli Savannah Sasser, Judge Samuel Ozburn, (see my page Advocate Awareness for synopsis)
May 2011 – Honorable Samuel Ozburn upheld Honorable Stanley Rhymer’s order from a year earlier per me and my daughter Charli Savannah, on my behalf. Contempt action, ruling in our favor. Alcovy Judicial Circuit
December  2011 – Superior Court, all expert and witness testimony in mine and my daughter’s behalf and favor, 100%. Mr. Sasser, ordered to comply with a couple of order’s or be incarcerated at Noon that Friday following court, RE, Judge Stanley Rhymer and Judge Samuel Ozburn, – Juvenile Order incorporated as such as Superior Court order, Both order’s of the Juvenile Court’s and the Superior Court’s in mine and my daughter’s favor and on our behalf to current, 4 (four) since, 2004, up to and including Mr. Sasser’s very own attorney of choosing, now present day, Honorable Nancy Bills
of Rockdale Aware. Can be viewed at this blog in its entirety as well. Is posted and has been for year’s now to current.
January 2012
Clerk Superior Court, Walton County Georgia USA Alcovy Judicial Circuit, of open and public record
UPHELD HONORABLE RHYMER’S ORDER OF JULY 2010 WALTON COUNTY GEORGIA ALCOVY JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
2004, Honorable Nancy Bills, Rockdale County, Georgia USA, Opinion and prepared, proposed Order, Superior Court
and of note; Mr. Sasser’s very own attorney of record and choosing
2008, Honorable Sidney Nation, Rockdale County, Georgia USA, Order, Superior Court
2010, Honorable Stanley Rhymer, Alcovy Judicial Circuit, Walton County, Georgia USA, Order, Juvenile Court
2011, Honorable Samuel D. Ozburn, Alcovy Judicial Circuit, Walton County, Georgia USA,, Superior Court, contempt hearing, Order
2012, Honorable Samuel D. Ozburn, Alcovy Judicial Circuit, Walton County, Georgia USA,, Superior Court, contempt hearing
and of note; upheld and made clear in open court that Juvenile Judge, Honorable Stanley Rhymer’s Order of therapeutic
visitation with the goal of a full and open relationship once again, remain standing and be upheld. Order
The only issue left remaining is the analogy of the Superior Court on January 5th 2012. Of which, a wound that should endure no
further, scarring. Not to mention, the Parental Alienation and Estrangement of (6) six, individual’s lives since 2004, and with no fact’s or evidence of any wrong doing as parent to child or child to parent nor as wife to husband, either, for that matter. Georgia, USA
2013 Honorable Samuel D. Ozburn of The Alcovy Judicial Circuit rules in mine and daughter’s behalf once again by ordering therapy for the both of us for our full reunification process all the while upholding Honorable Stanley Rhymer’s decision of the Juvenile Courts giving me full legal and physical right’s to my youngest daughter and for our full and complete reunification process and to develop a full loving relationship. Any and all court documentation and / or files can be obtained for Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network if and when necessary.
Sasser/Sasser
I feel that given my long standing history with Peachford Hospital and Dr. Asaf Aleem, Director of Peachford and my personal doctor that I am able to shed a lot of light on mental illness from illness to recovery and wellness. Dr. Asaf Aleem has been my private doctor since August of 2004. Along with View Point Health as my medical provider I also see Dr. Asaf Aleem who supports me in my endeavors of becoming a CPS.
I received an award at our Student Banquet in September of 2012 that recognizes me for Inspiring others with strength and resilience and working towards goals with increased stability. September 20th 2012
I have also received my award from being a Respect Institute graduate in November of 2012.
I have been a strong advocate for View Point Health and New Rock in and out of the classroom. At my Covington News blog I have continued to blog of the importance of whole health and the programs I attend and how important it is to utilize these services in the community. I have brought back The Respect Institute from St. Simons Island to New Rock so that all my peers could attend classes and rejoice in the fact that there is hope in recovery, sharing The Respect Institute with everyone was my goal and was accomplished. I have been used as a client for public relations in several brochures and newsletters for New Rock and View Point Health during my attendance in classes. I have not only maintained in my personal life but also taught the importance of understanding and comprehending the following : triggers and stressors, warning signs, coping skills and support groups for maintaining personal responsibility and a better quality of life. I have a longstanding track record of many wins to my behalf in open, public Superior and Juvenile Court for individuals and parent’s who suffer from mental health diagnosis and the facts that one is still to be considered important in the eyes of the law and how necessary it is to lose the state of stigma that mental health too often carries. I have been involved in several 5 K walks donating my time, effort and for the benefit of mental health. I am familiar with the WRAP book and workbook and use them as a daily study guide and during devotional time as well. Only reaffirming in my life the importance of personal responsibility with self – directed recovery daily just as I have over the last ten years since diagnosis. I have worked through crisis and post crisis all alone at times using the self – help directed skills and tools I have learned and applied in my life over the past ten years. I want to teach of the high and great significance of Journaling and my travels with penning. What began as tearing photographs and articles from magazines went to penning in a journal then onto my WordPress blog account and there turned into a blogging site at my local hometown newspaper, The Covington News for over two years now. Choosing to share writings is a personal choice and I have taken my private penning to new and great heights using my blogs to be a strong advocate for the mentally health challenged and have became very involved in community activities and remained a pillar of my community throughout the last twenty plus years. Journaling helps you learn what you like best about yourself and what you would change. It helps to aid in what you can do to prevent your illness from getting out of control. It teaches you to learn what you value about life. It guides you to learning about forgiveness, personal responsibility and your goals. In my darkest moments hope has emerged through Journaling and blogging.  I hope to one day take my penning, journaling and online blogging to the next level as I have been in preparation of a memoir for sometime now. We rise by lifting other’s and I hope that my writings have inspired many. I have twenty plus years as an advocate for children in and outside of the courtroom here in GA. Self – directed recovery and advocacy have the power to restore one to health, become healthy again, to tranquil, to revise and refine, to come together for  common purpose and action. By using this power often you heal yourself and all those around you in the process. During my days as CPS I hope to instruct and educate, to assist and encourage, to show other’s a firmness to purpose, how to arrive at a resoluteness of strength of character, how to make oneself well and happy, regaining health, mind and strength and that one always has merit and their life has worth and value and that one should maintain personal responsibility.
I am a Newton County high school graduate with my diploma from Dekalb Technical College Covington Campus in Business/Legal Office and Paralegal certification. I have been in attendance at New Rock Day Treatment through View Point Health and have graduated. I have also been an ACT Team member and am an ACT Team graduate as well. I have also obtained my Certificate of Completion from The Respect Institute in November of 2012. I as well have received Certificate of Recognition for inspiring others with strength and resiliency and working towards goals with increased stability in September 2012. I am a recent graduate of The Georgia Peer Institute training that was held at Simpsonwood Lodge. I received a scholarship after being nominated by The ACT Team. I attended 2 days and had to miss the third as my son was very ill and required direct and immediate medical attention but I did attend the first two days of the workshop. I completed my project on The 5 Stages of Recovery which due to my attempting to work a part time job has not yet been presented to New Rock. But I do plan to present the project to New Rock Day Treatment in the very near future. I feel I learned an awful lot in those two days and study from my manual daily. One of my ACT Team therapists has also provided me with worksheets from her collection regarding 1. Self Monitoring for Relapse Prevention 2. Behavioral Strategies for Managing & Preventing Depression 3. Cognitive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Depression 4 Cognitive Strategies for Preventing Mania 5. Behavioral Strategies for Preventing Mania 6. Coping with Psychosocial Stressors and Self Management. So in addition to my GPSI Manual, my WRAP book and workbbook I have also been working from these worksheets daily enhancing my coping skills and hopefully gaining the knowledge to teach others of my findings. Hoping to one day be the mentor that Ms. Brenda Williams CPS has been to me. A wonderful mentor with a very kind heart and genuine patience in working with her clients. I have become very close friends with my peers and have taken and taught many classes. Becoming friends with my peers has been a very enriching experience for my life as I value and treasure their friendship. I have been a full time blogger at The Covington News in Covington GA for which will be 3 years in November and have been a strong Advocate for View Point Health, New Rock, The GA Mental Health Consumer Network, The Respect Institute and for my peers. I have been a very strong advocate for the CPS Program of studies and essay exam and have written about the program many times. I have been a strong advocate for the mentally challenged in and outside the courtroom in the State of GA in the Juvenile Courts and Superior Court alike winning numerous cases to my full behalf pertaining to my daughter after being alienated and estranged from my four daughter’s for being hospitalized at Peachford for marital abuse, depression and codependency as the caregiver in 2004. I am very proud of my time  spent in the O.C.G.A. and feel that I have left a strong mark in the State of GA for family violence victims and the mentally challenged. I attend many community events and local hot spots around Conyers and Covington and photograph these events and blog of them adding my photography to the blog in support of my community. I am currently a member of Supportive Employment at New Rock and have continually over the last several months attempted to gain part time work in my community attending workshops, job fairs and classes on writing your Resume. I am hopeful to be gainfully part time employed this year. I am also hopeful to work with The ACT Team as  a CPS visiting other’s in my community who are overcoming the stigma of mental illness and coping daily. I hope to share all of my lived experiences with those in my community  and on The ACT Team. While in college prior to my internship at The Newton County Public Defender’s Office I worked for a while with The Southwest Key program. A program where I was a juvenile probation officer and visited the children in their home, school and work environments. I very much enjoyed being out and about in the community and documenting the children’s progress for the courts. I feel that I could be very beneficial to The ACT Team as a Certified Peer Specialist. Self – worth starts with self and can be handed out along the way as you befriend your peers and become their mentor as well with your shared life experiences and friendship.
During GPSI training I was able to meet and get to know Mr. Charles B. Willis who left a lasting impression on my heart and mind. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Mr. Charles and he inspired me to continue to apply as a CPS until I am accepted no matter how long it took or how often I got discouraged over not being accepted in the past to continue with the good fight and to continue to make application to become a CPS. His inspiration is what has inspired me to apply again. And what will hopefully continue to stay with me the rest of my days. So I am once again applying through essay exam knowing through being taught at GPSI that I am a Walking Miracle. I am fortunate enough to have been a part of NAMI Walks GA and to have visited The State of GA Capitol and St. Simons Island bringing back The Respect Institute to Ms. Quianna Sydnor and my peers.
This week on August 12th I will be attending a Tenant Leadership Training program in Lawrenceville with presenter Joyce Grangent Hosted by View Point Health and Residential Services Program. I thank you for this opportunity to make application to becoming a CPS for the State of Georgia and gratefully appreciate the opportunity and hold it near and dear to my heart to be a part of such an astounding group of mentors and friends.
Respectfully,
Ms. April Fuller Sasser

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