Olde Town Conyers 2014 Shortly after becoming a Nursing Assistant.
As I have spent the last 15 months working as a nursing assistant and personal care assistant to the developmentally and mentally challenged along with the elderly aiding in their recovery stories. I now enter into my journey of Certified Peer Specialist for the State of Georgia.
Memories from a year ago this December in Olde Town Conyers where it all began so many years ago.
Having a point to prove to this county and this State I am only a small step away from completing this goal by sitting for and passing my CPS exam.
1300+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001
I have a good bit of studying to get done over the next 2 weeks for my exam as I enter into my journey as a Certified Peer Specialist.
The training program is based on five fundamental beliefs about the way life is.
- Everyone has the ability to learn and grow.
- People’s beliefs determine their behavior.
- People think their way through life.
- Whatever people focus on, they give power to.
- Life’s experiences are the best teacher
Recovery is the process of gaining control over one’s life – and the direction one wants that life to go – on the other side of a psychiatric diagnosis and all of the losses usually associated with that diagnosis.
Hope is the belief that one has both the ability and the opportunity to engage in the recovery process.
The beliefs re -stated within the context of mental health and recovery.
- Everyone has the ability to learn and grow. Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not take away the ability to learn and grow; people can recover and move on with their lives.
- People’s beliefs determine their behavior. What a person believes about herself, because she is diagnosed with a mental illness is the most important determinant of her success in creating the life she wants.
- People think their way through life. Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not take away the ability to think strategically and creatively.
- Whatever people focus on, they give power to. While symptoms and
“disability” bring people in for services, the focus needs to shift to wellness and strengths as soon as possible.
- Life’s experiences are the best teacher. Your RECOVERY experience is your greatest gift to your peers.
Appalachian Consulting Group
Over the past 10 – 15 years, there have been major shifts in the mental health system to support recovery. The Shift to Recovery explains the shift from stabilization and maintenance to recovery and resiliency and the implications of this shift on the delivery of services.
The Mental Health System is in the process of making a shift, ……….
From focusing on stabilization and maintenance to recovery and resiliency. Disease/Disability to Wellness/Strengths. What’s wrong? What’s strong? Staff Driven to client driven. Staff – Client Hierarchy to Staff Client Partnership. Mental Health to Whole Health. Social Separation to Social Integration. Compliance to a plan to engagement in a process. Dependence to Interdependence.
Appalachian Consulting Group
Having been a family violence and domestic violence victim turned survivor I have not been able to get Mr. Sasser to understand that his abuse which I have discussed very limited has caused me undo stress and depression that has lasted for 20 plus years now.
Continue to join me in penning my way to a successful Certified Peer Specialist exam for the State of Georgia as you educate and enlighten yourselves into the world of mental illness recovery and family violence.