Some of us swim through life quite well.... until a tsunami life wave comes along, tosses us about, while others have lived in rough seas for a long while. Either way, we can be left gasping & breathless on a unfamiliar and unpleasant shore. What I learned can help you with evidence-based programs of Peer Support and Health and Wellness coaching.
I don't know if any of this resonates with you, but I know I have had to learn how to stay afloat in rough times. Some times this was easier than others! While I wouldn't want to repeat those days, I wouldn't trade the experiences for a life of calm waters! What I learned can help you with evidence-based programs of Peer Support and Health and Wellness coaching.
It might not seem possible right now, but there is HOPE for recovery. I believe in this so strongly, I offer free consultations to all potential new clients to discuss it further.
Ed Yenor, Peer Specialist
Peer Support Specialists are individuals who have lived/personal experience coping with a serious mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorder. They act as role models and promote hope by using positive self-disclosure and demonstrating that recovery is possible by exhibiting competency in their own personal recovery. Because of their lived experience, such persons have expertise that professional training cannot replicate. They support individuals with struggles pertaining to mental health, psychological trauma or substance use; they also help individuals improve their quality of life by reaching greater levels of independence, community inclusion, and productivity. They Participate in the development and implementation of person centered plans. They work with consumers of mental health services both individually and by facilitating groups.
Becoming a Peer Support Specialist is the second time in my life that challenges/ lived experience ended up leading to employment. When I was 11 years old, I became a ward of the state. I spent time in a number of foster homes. My most stable placement ended up being a home through Boysville’s (later renamed Holy cross children’s services) specialized foster care program. When I was 21 years old I was hired as a night staff at the Boysville/Clinton Campus. I went on to get a position as a Treatment Specialist and Eventually got hired by the State of Michigan- Adrian Training School where I worked for nearly 10 years. While there, I worked as a Youth Specialist, a Shift Supervisor, and trained of employees crisis intervention and physical intervention techniques.
Flick Grey Consulting
My work is grounded in Intentional Peer Support, Open Dialogue, Mad Studies, social justice movements (including the consumer/survivor/peer/lived experience movement) and tertiary studies in sociology, political science, law and linguistics. I draw self-reflexively on my own experiences as a survivor of childhood trauma (including the ongoing legacy of these early experiences), in dialogue with the work of international networks of people who are humanising our collective responses to people in distress. My work has also been significantly influenced by the Hearing Voices movement. I understand distress and “mental health” as deeply embedded in the social world.
In 2015, I was awarded the SANE Australia Hocking Fellowship to explore the intersections between peer work and Open Dialogue. As part of this Fellowship, I created a websitespecifically to nourish the growth of Open Dialogue in Australia, and to support the deepening of thinking about peer workers in Open Dialogue.
I have worked with several innovative organisations where the expertise of people with lived experience is foundational – including inside out & associates, Intentional Peer Support, Our Consumer Place, VMIAC and Working to Recovery, Australasia – as well as more mainstream academic and mental health institutions, including the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, La Trobe University, Victoria University, Lifeline, SANE Australia, Suicide Prevention Australia, Monash Health, CoHealth, Northern Area Mental Health Service, Spectrum, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the NSW Mental Health Commission, and several Recovery Colleges around Australia.
Insight - Together we see More Possibilities
WHAT is insight? …someone to talk with who is deeply present and open to you, dedicated to hearing and reflecting compassionately. …a safe, balanced and respectful relationship that you help define and direct. …a bond that offers some of the best qualities of a friend, life coach, spiritual director or counselor, but without the history and baggage, beliefs and expectations, or labels and psychiatric language. …peer connection is one of the tools you can use to inspire and motivate yourself as you move toward expanding into your fullest potential.
The peer support approach recognizes that: …when it comes to emotional well-being, you are the expert and director …it is possible to heal from trauma …a key ingredient of recovery is hope …peer connection is one of the tools you can use to inspire and motivate yourself as you move toward expanding into your fullest potential
Intentional Peer Support
Intentional Peer Support provides a powerful framework for creating relationships where both people learn and grow together. We offer a range of trainings to examine and practice what is necessary to build mutual support. IPS is used across the world in community, peer support, and human services settings, and is a tool for community development with broad appeal to people from all walks of life.
What is IPS?
Intentional Peer Support is a way of thinking about and inviting transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things.
IPS is unique from traditional human services because:
IPS relationships are viewed as partnerships that invite and inspire both parties to learn and grow, rather than as one person needing to ‘help’ another.
IPS doesn’t start with the assumption of a problem. With IPS, each of us pays attention to how we have learned to make sense of our experiences, then uses the relationship to create new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing.
IPS promotes a trauma-informed way of relating. Instead of asking “What’s wrong?” we learn to ask “What happened?”
IPS examines our lives in the context of mutually accountable relationships and communities — looking beyond the mere notion of individual responsibility for change.
IPS encourages us to increasingly live and move towardswhat we want instead of focusing on what we need to stop or avoid doing.
Peers come together around shared experiences and often a desire to change lives. But without a new framework to build upon, people frequently re-enact “help” based on what was done to them. IPS offers a foundation for doing something different. We come from a history of grassroots alternatives that focus on building relationships that are mutual, explorative, and conscious of power.
“As peer support in mental health proliferates, we must be mindful of our intention: social change. It is not about developing more effective services, but rather about creating dialogues that have influence on all of our understandings, conversations, and relationships.” – Shery Mead, Founder of IPS
Karen Iverson Riggers Consulting
Experienced Consultant with experience with and knowledge of fundraising, program development and implementation, program evaluation, special event planning, grant writing, and organizational storytelling. Grassroots advocate who pursues work with equal parts passion and planning. Entrepreneur, fermented food enthusiast, and committed yogi.
Sharon Kuehn, principal at Life Force Learning, is a peer recovery movement veteran who uses her training and facilitation skills to create unique, participatory learning environments. Her lived experience as a person with mental health challenges is the backdrop to her extensive experience as a recovery trainer and peer support instructor and supervisor. With 20 years of peer leadership, community engagement, and recovery program design and implementation, Sharon’s ability to navigate systems and hone peer recovery skills will support your organization’s wellness and recovery goals.
LifeForce Learning offers a wide range of peer-provided trainings, facilitations, and consulting to develop and improve peer programs, consumer involvement, leadership and integration.
Each member of Milkweed Connections identifies as someone who has experienced challenges related to mental health, trauma, substance use, or other difficult life circumstances, and we are committed to providing support services from a peer perspective.With the diverse experiences and talents each member brings to the work, Milkweed is able to provide wellness tools like yoga, peer support, meditation, life coaching, and many other integrative practices to individuals seeking health, wholeness, and recovery.
Milkweed Connections is guided by values consistent with the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement (also known as the peer recovery movement). These include a belief in the possibility of healing and recovery, a focus on choice and self-determination, and an understanding of the social and environmental factors that play a role in an individual’s experience.
The Reentry Associates
The Reentry Associates LLC are committed to providing innovative, unconventional strategies supporting communities to increase hope and purpose, rebuild values, promote connection and relationships while bringing awareness to generational trauma, poverty, incarceration, homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness.
Our Values and Foundation Upon Which We Built Ourselves
We believe and envision successful strategies to achieve the necessary resources to rebuild, engage, sustain positive community interactions and enhance strength based, swift implementation of opportunities for growth and collaboration.
We are the subject matter experts. Our adverse experiences and the challenges we overcame is valuable insight to any community that is ready for a change, looking to create effective and smart solutions to break down the barriers to successful outcomes that are necessary to rebuild community and human connections for all.
Leah Harris, M.A., is a mother, advocate, and storyteller with 15 years of experience writing, speaking, and training on trauma, addiction, mental health, suicide, resilience, and pathways to healing and wellness. Leah is drawn to this work based on her own history and healing journey.
Leah is especially passionate about the integration of trauma-informed values and approaches into all aspects of health care, human services, education, and community programs. Leah provides training and technical assistance with SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC), where she is a certified Trauma-Informed Peer Support trainer, and is a trauma-informed care specialist/consumer affairs coordinator with the National Association for State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).
Trillium's Hope Store
Trillium Center is a one-of-a-kind community center for Prince William County, VA where adults seeking mental wellness can come seven days a week to find non-judgmental connection. We employ an average of 15 people living in recovery as peer recovery specialists. We also operate an online marketplace where people with mental health challenges can market their arts and goods: https://TrilliumsHopeStore.com
Since 2007, Trillium has been offering ‘peer support,’ an evidence-based practice that promotes, encourages and facilitates recovery from conditions commonly called “serious mental illness.” Our center was founded by and for people who can relate first hand and also know recovery is possible. Staff mentor and coach people to empower them to live a meaningful life while managing the challenges of their mental illness.
People can watch television, play a game of cards or pool, or many other activities and connect with others while minimizing the focus on one's symptoms. Our classes and groups enhance one's personal journey by helping individuals understand their wants and needs. We help our members to see the positive in themselves and in their lives.
Like a caterpillar that morphs into a beautiful butterfly, we at Trillium empower people to change their lives from the dark moments of illness to being heroes of their own mental health recovery. While here, people can learn to create independence and find a path where they can expand their horizons and have brighter and better days.
We also participate in community mental health system reform. Members share their first hand experience with law enforcement through Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and DIVERT. We promote recovery beyond our physical space and are a cutting edge, unique model for other organizations that give aid to those who suffer from serious mental illness.
Working Through Psychosis
Tim Dreby is an award-winning author and licensed psychotherapist who works on an urban outpatient psychiatric unit. Tim’s first publication was in 2015, entitled, Fighting for Freedom in America: Memoir of a “Schizophrenia” and Mainstream Cultural Delusions. It chronicles his mid career plight taking on a section 8 management company, police, and black market forces that intermingled to run things. The outcome has been a unique perspective on mental health informed by both sides of the broken tiled corridor.
Tim became a social worker in 1993 and worked his way through. Since becoming licensed over the past ten years he has developed an extensive training for providers to help them work with people who experience “psychosis” across diagnostic divides.
The Katie Speak Show
KatieSpeak is the portal to my writing and media clips, nonprofit and activism work, social media campaigning and personal musings. If you’re here, you probably heard or read me somewhere or follow me on Twitter, which means you know some basics already. Here’s a bit more and a link to the specifics!
My background is in straight journalism (from the inflexible days of print media), so I initially resisted incorporating opinion into my prose. When my personal story ran smack into the alarmingly less fringy wing of the conservative movement in 2012, however, I discovered that who I am is my strength rather than a distraction. While I routinely take on a range of topics, I’m drawn to reproductive healthcare access as the battle I’m most suited to passionately fight.
I now contribute regularly to a number of radio programs, podcasts and TV/internet video broadcasts. I’m also an award-winning social media director, fundraiser and community-builder as well as the Activism Director/Segment Writer at The Best of the Left Podcast. And, in all my spare time, I’m a dedicated activist who helps establish clinic defense escort programs, providing logistical and moral support to reproductive access groups.
Chaya Grossberg: Nutritional and Creative Alternatives to Psych Meds
Med Free Solutions for a Med FREE Life
Do you wish there was a magic pill to get off psychiatric medication as quickly as easily as you got on?
Do you long for that alive, alert and connected feeling you once had in life?
Do concerns about how to get off psychiatric medication negatively affect your life?
Do you feel your doctors inadequately provide the support you really need?
YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
I have helped many successfully get off psychiatric medication, and reclaim their energy, health, and life.
And I can help YOU
I’m not a magic pill.
But I can help you see and clarify your purpose.
I can help provide healthy and holistic alternatives to help you get off psychiatric medication so you can have your life back.
Together we can map out the road back to freedom.
I offer my story, how I was able to get off psychiatric medication, and tried and true methods.
I have been working as an activist for change in the “mental health” system and provided holistic mental health alternatives for the past 15 years, starting as a Freedom Center organizer for six years in Northampton, Massachusetts. I have consulted for the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community, Massachusetts PAIMI council, Windhorse Associates, and Alternative to Meds Center. I was the community organizer of the Mental Health Association of Portland, assistant director of Portland Hearing Voices and a Warm Line specialist at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, helping to launch their Warm Line. I have taught at numerous conferences related to coming off psychiatric drugs including NARPA, INTAR and Alternatives. I studied creative writing and experiential education at Hampshire College, and am a Kripalu certified yoga instructor. I also blog on the popular site Mad In America.
A Friend In Deed
SERVICES OFFERED INCLUDE:
(1) groups such as :: peer support - double recovery; drop-in arts groups - adults in recovery; parenting support - moms/dads with mental health and/or substance use challenges (with or without custody); reading groups - classic recovery literature; movie nights - wellness tales; percussion circles - instruments provided;
(2) inclusive, collaborative and transformative healthcare behavioral healthcare training and consulting informed by lived experience in the areas of staff development; grant writing and administration; leadership coaching; fiscal management; peer-led program evaluation;
(3) tutoring in ESL, SAT prep, writing/reading, presentation development, elementary math, algebra;
(4) contracting for creation of publicity and newsletter production; and
(5) hosting musical events and concerts, such as open jazz jam nights and new artists showcases.
De Barros Consulting /Interiors by Joy Director Business Education Library Technology Management
Occupational Career therapy Practice, Lifestyle Consulting and Coaching. Art and Science therapy, Wellness Advisor, Education Coach. Career testing and Psychological testing.