GA Peer Support Institute GA Mental Health Consumer Network Day 1 Spring 2014

1:00 Check in and Training Registration

2:00 Welcome, Comfort Contract, and Introduction to Project Planning / Brent Hoskinson, CPS

2:45 Walking Miracle Ike Powell

3:45 Break

4:00 5 Stages of Recovery Ike Powell

5:30 Dinner

The Comfort Agreement is a guideline that the entire group selects, to create a respectful, safe and comfortable environment during this training. This list can be added to and changed at any time the group decides.

Project Planning

The major impact of a diagnosis of mental illness is a sense of loss and disconnection. The loss often involves the loss of friends, family, job, housing, money, children, meaning and purpose, but the major loss seems to be the loss in one’s belief that he or she can do anything that can have a positive effect on one’s life.

When I see how much you have overcome to get to where you are today, I know you are a ….. Walking Miracle

Telling Your Recovery Story

And I too often tell the “Illness Story” and not so much the “Recovery Story.” I plan to begin to share more and more of my achievements, sacrifices and goals met.

What were some of the early indications that you were beginning to have difficulties?

Briefly describe yourself and your situation when you were at your worst.

What helped you move from where you were to where you are now? What did you do? What did others do?

What have you had to overcome to get to where you are today?

What have you learned about yourself and what we call recovery? What are some of the strengths you have developed?

What are some of the things that you do to keep you on the right path?

Five Stages of Recovery

Impact of Illness  – Shattering of one’s world, hopes and dreams. Overwhelmed by.

Life is Limited  – To give up.

Change is Possible – The fragile flame of hope and courage

Actions for Change  – Rebuilding your Life. Moving Beyond.

Commitment to Change  – Simple Acts of Courage. Challenging.

The Disabling Power of a Mental Illness – Symptoms, Stigma, Self – Image.

I will be working more on The Five Stages of Recovery throughout the week. But plan to include my goals met and accomplishments and not so much my failures and the victimization story any longer. I want to begin to tell my “Recovery Story.” Going from good to bad to worse to a full turn around in 10 years. This being my 10 year Anniversary of Mental Illness and marital abuse diagnosis I am wanting to begin after today’s class which I have already been taught at The Respect Institute training but to begin to tell more of the good side of my illness, my achieved goals, my aspired goals and what really drives me to be an advocate. Dating all the way back to the induction of Deputy District Attorney Mr. Richard R. Read that I was a strong advocate and support system of I have been taught by the system and still to this day that advocacy is the only route to take and the best thing that one can do for one’s self. I will have to choose a project to present to the community once training classes are over and I my goal is to receive scholarship once again to St. Simons Island to present my project. I have already been like a sponge today and soaked up so much valuable information and toured the grounds here at Simpsonwood visiting the Prayer Labyrinth and wanting to somehow incorporate my project to include the Prayer Labyrinth. Being a native of Newton County and a Pillar Of my community since the very young age of 20 and mother to 5 I feel that I have contributed my part. The State has given back and has rectified old wounds. Wounds that are still not healed though and I need healing. I need these scars to heal over and that is my next goal. To work so hard and so diligently to become a Certified Peer Specialist that these old wounds will finally be able to heal over. The scar will forever remain but my heart does not have to settle for less than what I deserve out of life and I have been a fine upstanding mother, wife and community leader who plans to continue to attend community events and blog at The Covington News. My 3 year Anniversary with The Covington News as a full time blogger is fast approaching and I will be sharing my project with the community. Tomorrow I face another day of Peer Support training and cannot wait. I will tour The Methodist Center tomorrow and hopefully be given a tour of the Chapel on the grounds. I will be blogging more this week on the 5 Stages of Recovery and our lesson from today. Love from Peachtree Corners and the GA Peer Institute.

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