PCA colorado

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.

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Recovery Coaching and Training for Individuals and Organizations We proudly offer peer-based trainings for not only individuals in recovery, but family members and organizations interested in being part of the solution. In 2016 we are collaboraing with peer run not-for-profits to produce affordable trainings that can increase the number of eligible recovery coaches in Colorado and help create a network of peer. Colorado is developing an IC & RC Peer Specialist Credential which should be ready for rollout in 2016. We have assembled Recovery Coach Trainings with the guidance and mentorship of Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR) who are IC & RC approved. – You can visit CCAR at http://www.ccar.us. PCA Colorado believes in collaboration and is now working with Bobby Hornbuckle Foundation, Second Chance Center Colorado, Beyond Betty, as well as several other peer run organizations to match the diverse needs within our community. http://www.rodrushing.com

Please open the docs below to learn more about our business plans.

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CCAR Peer Code of Ethics 2003

 

who is pca colorado and what do they offer?

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 First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings,  not on the words;  Second, rely on the teachings,  not on the personality of the teacher;  Third, rely on real wisdom,  not superficial interpretation;  And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind,  not on judgmental perceptions.

First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings,
not on the words;
Second, rely on the teachings,
not on the personality of the teacher;
Third, rely on real wisdom,
not superficial interpretation;
And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind,
not on judgmental perceptions.

Thank you very much for your interest in Peer Coach Academy Colorado. Here is a brief rundown of my history working with peers. I have worked as a peer manager since I began working It Takes A Village in 2006, co-facilitating a substance use treatment group as a peer facilitator for a grant-funded program. I transitioned to Denver Health HIV clinics, started a newsletter and a not-for-profit dedicated to addressing stigma and adherence to care. In 2012 I transitioned to the Methadone clinic and began a peer support program intended to put patients successfully managing their own Methadone adherence in front of patients who were new to the program or struggling. I partnered with AFR for training and implemented a peer-to-peer program that continues to this day. The hospital experience provided me with a fairly basic understanding of mental health issues, common challenges for people who are dually diagnosed as well as a plethora of resources available.

 

I began to realize that our community needed more than the training and support Colorado had, so in 2014 upon leaving Denver Health, I traveled to Connecticut and trained with an early pioneer of the National Recovery movement CCAR ( www.ccar.us) .  The training was profound and includes a remarkable section focused on power and privilege which invites participants to understand the challenges  and stigma that people of color and other minorities experience in our systems.  I keep up a healthy professional relationship with CCAR and can tap into their years of Recovery Coach experience if the situation were to arise.

 

Since then, I have worked on a recovery-oriented  treatment option for multiple DUI offenders featuring a peer co-facilitator and using a cognitive based recovery oriented curriculum instead of the same one most have used at least one time earlier. I have collaborated with Colorado Mental Wellness Network to bring recovery coach trainings to their catalog of peer trainings.

 

What I believe is essentially missing from most peer programs I have encountered in Colorado are supervision, professionalism, education, and boundaries. PCA has assembled 5 continuing education trainings including Ethics, MAT, Legal Recovery Coaching. These supportive shorter program give the coaches an opportunity to reassess their skills. receive healthy feedback, reconnect with the larger recovery coach community, and learn new information about the field all of which enlarges their perspectives and creates stronger values.; 

 

I have demonstrated strong supervision skills in my career. As a CAC III, I have been supervising CAC’s for the last 5 years. With regard to Recovery Coaches, I am fortunate enough to maintain contact and relationships with most of the coaches that have graduated my trainings. Many continue to work with others to this day.

 

I am attaching a copy of the 4 day training agenda (40 hours) On a 5th day (or 5th and 6th days later) we could add any of the extra modules like Ethics or Legal Recovery Coaching to compliment and strengthen skills. If the group would benefit from diversity, I can invite one or two trainees of different cultures or backgrounds to take part.  

I hope this is not too long. I get excited as I talk about this work.  Please feel free to edit and/or request more if needed. 

With Gratitude

Rod Rushing CAC III
Recovery Coach Trainer and Consultant
PCA 4 day

not the kind a girl…

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“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” — Buddha
“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”
— Buddha

i actually have the weekend off for the first time i can remember in months. it seems nothing short of sublime. i have putzed around the house putting as much back into place since the refurbishment started in april. i still have quite a bit of work left, but i can see progress and the place feels like work has been done and it’s good.

had a great conversation with an organization from nyc who develop trainings for peers in tandem with ccar. it’s a couple who collaborate. one works in elementary level education and they apply the standards and the techniques that are geared toward helping people learn to their curriculum. it nothing short of exciting. they have a self-care for coaches training, a skills building workshop, and a mat (medicated assisted treatment i.e. methadone, suboxone, etc) all of which i am excited to help bring to colorado. i am told there is “how to supervise peer coaches” training which could be so so so helpful here.

i did speak to a former colleague this week about helping me with board development for pca colorado. luck for me he agreed. i only hope that we all can follow through. this feels like it might be the last time i try to create something around peer support. i honestly would like to see it through.

i will attend a meeting with the recovery committee for the bhpac on monday. i must say i’m a bit leery. since all the investigatory drama with a local recovery organization and ccar, i feel a bit uneasy about seeing the director.

The tide is high but I’m holdin’ on
I’m gonna be your number one
I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that, oh no

It’s not the things you do that tease and hurt me bad
But it’s the way you do the things you do to me
I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that, oh no

The tide is high but I’m holdin’ on
I’m gonna be your number one, number one.

Ev’ry girl wants you to be her man
But I’ll wait my dear till it’s my turn
I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that, oh no

The tide is high but I’m holdin’ on
I’m gonna be your number one, number one, number one

Ev’ry girl wants you to be her man
But I’ll wait my dear till it’s my turn
I’m not the kind-a girl who gives up just like that, oh no

The tide is high but I’m holding on
I’m gonna be your number one, number one, number one

The tide is high but I’m holding on
I’m gonna be your number one
The tide is high but I’m holding on
I’m gonna be your number one
The tide is high but I’m holding on
I’m gonna be your number one

making art

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 so therefore, i dedicate myself to myself, to my art, my sleep , my dreams, my labors,my suffrances,my loneliness my unique madness, my endless absorption and hunger. because i cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being. — Ask me anything....hakikaten

so therefore,
i dedicate myself to myself,
to my art, my sleep , my dreams,
my labors,my sufferance ,my loneliness
my unique madness,
my endless absorption
and hunger.
because i cannot dedicate myself to any fellow being. —
Ask me anything….hakikaten

is it possible that there is a  recurring and built-in labyrinth in a spiral design that my life leads me to walk through as the autumn moon moves across the sky? so many puzzle pieces of my life seem to be familiarly shaped and hued, however it is not clear how they fit together.

i have been busy transforming my nest. new floors, new cabinets, removing a wall, adding storage, new lighting,  updated the bath, re-purposing and rearranging all 4 rooms in my tiny townhouse. certainly this is a metaphor for a deeper calling. if i look to “the velvet rage”, i might think that i might be trying to make my world look better than it feels. definitely there is something primal about changing the way things look. it is a comforting action. it is soothing.

i have not been certain about what direction to take next in my avocation. i do want to create a training entity, but haven’t gotten clarity regarding a pathway. i met with a former colleague to discuss helping with board development and the next steps for 501c3 evolution. the take-away was positive but controlled and i am far from a conservative creature with a subtle emotional body.

my experience with self-reflection about my work remains relatively small. recovery has been my companion for only 11 years. my strong suit is most-definitely impulse. it is strange to say the least to consider repercussions and consequences.  so here i am in front of a blank canvas, considering what strokes, which colors, and what types of brush strokes to apply.

help me, universe, become strong enough to listen to your voice and let it guide me to the next campground. let it be so.

“England”

Someone send a runner
Through the weather that I’m under
For the feeling that I lost today
Someone send a runner
For the feeling that I lost todaySomeone send a runner
Through the weather that I’m under
For the feeling that I lost today
Someone send a runner
For the feeling that I lost today

You must be somewhere in London
You must be loving your life in the rain
You must be somewhere in London
Walking Abbey Lane

I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make corrections

Famous angels never come through England
England gets the ones you never need
I’m in a Los Angeles cathedral
Minor singing airheads sing for me

Put an ocean and a river
Between everybody else,
Between everything, yourself, and home
Put an ocean and a river
Between everything, yourself, and home

You must be somewhere in London
You must be loving your life in the rain
You must be somewhere in London
Walking Abbey Lane

I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make corrections