an orchestrated move is happening within the Peer Coach Academy. a cross-city training at a very affordable rate is taking place with the hopes that a larger network of peer coaches in denver will begin to emerge. it seems to be garnering attention as we are saving enough seats to fill our capacity. we hope payments reflect interest, but we shall see.
simultaneously, we are in discussion with a local drug court to begin a training process for coaches within that system, with the introduction of ongoing supervision, recovery support connection, and alumni development. it’s a lot to offer, however we also know that the system needs to change in order to be more effective, and that change may begin at this time with us.
the colorado peer support credential has begun to move forward as well. i received a letter asking to submit the trainings to CDPHE along with a crosswalk to verify that the content satisfies the standards of both the IC & RC domains as well as the colorado core competencies. there are 6 trainings to submit before may 6.
this is definitely a plethora of activity for a couple of weeks. i have been plugging away with outreach and “bam!” there are responses. in responding to all this interest, i am fortunate enough to have support that i can tap into and that is just what i am doing. thomas hernandez, larry wall, lacey berumen, stacy charpentier, fell cadwallader , art woodard, jennifer hill, amanda kearney-smith, allison harden are just a few people whose generosity and support may make all this happen in a timely fashion. their talent, their know how, and their kindness are keeping me in the pink. thank you!!!
i am still adjusting to having mondays off work. it is strange, but it is becoming part of the routine. i went to cardio class this morning, fell during class and sprained my foot. i hit the cleaners, the grocery store, and watched a really sweet gay hip-hop film titled “bashment”.
we are having a pot luck at the peer recovery group on wednesday so i bought the goods to make sausage, peppers, and onions. i may need to cut everything tonight as i have theater plans tomorrow. strangely, i will be going with a catering friend to see “priscilla” at dpmc with dinner first. thought i would do the cooking in a slow cooker on tuesday night.
i worked a hella lot last week. regular work week plus 4 parties. i was pooped today really. i trimmed some bushes, did some laundry, and am planning on re potting about 10 plants i got at paulino gardens. i have a busy week finishing with 2 parties this weekend. rosh hashana on saturday signals the end of the crazy holiday month. but i do love spending time with other communities and circles. i prolly long for a life that includes these circles, and this may be as good as it gets.
september is recovery month and this will be the 7th year that i actually recognize this.. in 2006, i spoke at a rally for recovery in downtown denver and have been involved in some sort of recovery celebration this year, is kinda special as i have been working with people in recovery on campus. the pr department seems to have taken a liking to our efforts. they produced a 9 foot banner to hang in our entrance way, have produced brochures for the peer recovery network- with some mention of treatment options, and are featuring one of our group on the company intranet each week throughout the month. so much to do and it’s only september 9th.
last week, i posted jacob arnold’s article about medusas music hall. please read it if you get the chance. it happened 30 years ago and i still find myself musically travelling down memory lane.