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Peer Coach Academy 2016 Catalog

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birds on a wire

PCA Colorado is collaborating with Agami Health Services to produce several trainings this year. The first will be Four Fridays in July from 2p-10p. Participants will complete 32 hours of CCAR Recovery Coach Training on July 8, 15, 22, 29.

Contact info@pcacolorado.com for further information or to reserve a space. Become part of a growing network of recovery coaches and peer mentors in Colorado.

a new trick

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To develop genuine devotion, you must know the meaning of teachings. The main emphasis in Buddhism is to transform the mind, and this transformation depends upon meditation. in order to meditate correctly, you must have knowledge.
To develop genuine devotion, you must know the meaning of teachings. The main emphasis in Buddhism is to transform the mind, and this transformation depends upon meditation. in order to meditate correctly, you must have knowledge.

 

i am currently toying with the idea of flying to connecticut to take another training named “legal peer recovery coaching”. for some reason the name speaks to me and the idea of boutique legal coaching for some people seems a wonderful addition.

i would fly to connecticut on a thursday take the training friday, take the train the trainer class on saturday and fly home saturday evening. it’ll be a long weekend, but i think it’ll be fun, too.

i have been asked to participate with colorado mental wellness network delivering the training for the substance use peer coaching model for their trainings this year. this may make a great addition to the topics. i also hope it will help build a curriculum for the not-for-profit i am hoping to begin.

i have saved the name and will make it more formal once the 501c3 paperwork is in the works. i have asked a friend to help with a logo and branding.

legal recovery coach

and just for the record, i decided to buy beck’s album which was named album of the year, mostly out of disgust at the way he was treated. big surprise though- i love the music.

 

malware

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If a tree falls in the forest and it hits a mime, would he make a noise?
If a tree falls in the forest and it hits a mime, would he make a noise?

 

i am twisting in the wind a bit as i struggle with my own nature. a project (peer support services)  i have been working on for a couple of years just became the subject of some accolade but without my name attached. i know that the larger part of me does not engage in projects for the notoriety, nor do i want to begin that trend now. but there is a small voice inside me whispering disappoinment and eluding to victimhood and it is driving me mad.

please remove this annoying character defect from me or at least help the greater part of me disengage with this discontent with rapidity and ease. help me remember the look of validation in a person’s eyes that results from the support our project generates.

 

on this day in 1983, ministry released their 1st album “with sympathy”. as a chicagoan from the lakeview neighborhood, i remember vividly as al jourgensen and his band(s) made a splash on our town that was heard around the world. and i hope genuinely hope al’s recovery is progressing well.

 

around the same time, there was another local ensemble that was throwing its hat into the pop culture ring- scarlet architect. their journey took a completely different direction.

 

dreams

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“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

Now here you go again
You say you want your freedom
Well who am I to keep you down
It’s only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness
Like a heartbeat.. drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost…
And what you had…
And what you lost
Thunder only happens when it’s raining
Players only love you when they’re playing
Say… Women… they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean… you’ll know
Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself

this week has been challenging in many ways-but mostly to my ego. i have been questioning some direction i have been taking my work and i have been fatigued by those questions. i have been unsure, somewhat stuck, and really not connected-going through the motions, but not tasting much except perhaps the memories of flavors.

my healthcare providers have found traces of blood in my urine the last couple of samples and directed me to change one of my hiv meds to prevent any further possibility of kidney cancer. this was extremely thoughtful but at the same time it felt a little confrontational. i really didn’t want to hear about it.

in the meantime i purchased 3 months of the former med along with the others and the next day needed to buy 3 months of the new med. burning money i tell you.

i am in the process of refinancing my house. it is arduous and invasive. but these are platinum problems i know. so many of my comrades never had the options of meds and weren’t afforded the luxury of living. people are losing their homes at alarming rates to foreclosure and bankruptcy. refinancing to pay the loan off sooner is honestly very little trouble.

i have been at my workplace for 5 years as of yesterday. i have worked on 3 teams in 3 separate clinics. i’ve had 8 salary increases in those 5 years and was informed today i will be offered a promotion within a short time and that it is hoped that i accept. this felt like a gift really.

i am trying to work it out to travel to connecticut for peer coaching training to bring back to my clinic. i somehow have developed this idea to create a coaching academy for peers to work within the healthcare system. and even crazier, i would like to offer training to peers in other healthcare systems as well. none of this may come to fruition, but i do like to dream.

speaking of dreams, i love love love this version of dreams by bastille with gabrielle alpin.  let me know what you think…