recovery coach training

Is CARA merely a thought balloon?

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This is a Call-Up to wake the frock up. We’ve been living in a dream world for too long.

The big news in treatment  and recovery world this month is the passage of CARA -which is the first response to the bloating prescription drug epidemic that has been the root of the 130-something opiate overdoses completely ignored (until now) by our quagmired puppeteer-driven DC leadership. 130-something Americans dying every day while our elected officials squabble about providing funding to address the epidemic. Their  solution  is to bare bones the effort, manage some photo-ops, then make a direct line to dive into the longest summer break in this century’s history. Meanwhile, the 130-something daily American overdose fatalities continue to pile up like floating refuse at a clogged street drain.

although CARA could be an affective first step in rerouting this insanity, it needs to be more than an image of a response to be effective. We need education and reframing on a systemic level if things are to change. This current thought bubble of an effort hardly stands a chance.

Fellow Americans- we need to take a long hard look at what our priorities and values are as a nation. It’s a great time to work for change. Stop calling ourselves Christian and while we ignore our neighbors dying.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that would expand prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery.

The bill passed the U.S. Senate on March 10, 2016, by a vote of 94-1.

Brief Summary of Provisions of CARA

Expand prevention and educational efforts—particularly aimed at teens, parents and other caretakers, and aging populations—to prevent the abuse of methamphetamines, opioids and heroin, and to promote treatment and recovery.
Expand the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help in the reversal of overdoses to save lives.
Expand resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction disorders promptly by collaborating with criminal justice stakeholders and by providing evidence-based treatment.
Expand disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications to keep them out of the hands of our children and adolescents.
Launch an evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention program to expand best practices throughout the country.
Launch a medication assisted treatment and intervention demonstration program.
Strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services.

 

Ring, ring, it’s 7:00 A.M.
Move yourself to go again
Cold water in the face
Brings you back to this awful place
Knuckle merchants and your bankers too
Must get up and learn those rules
Weather man and the crazy chief
One says sun and one says sleet
A.M., the F.M. the P.M. too
Churnin’ out that boogaloo
Gets you up and it gets you out
But how long can you keep it up?
Gimme Honda, gimme Sony
So cheap and real phony
Hong Kong dollar, Indian cents
English pounds and Eskimo pence
You lot, what?
Don’t stop, give it all you got
You lot, what?
Don’t stop, yeah
You lot, what?
Don’t stop, give it all you got
You lot, what?
Don’t stop, yeah
Working for a rise, better my station
Take my baby to sophistication
Seen the ads, she thinks it’s nice
Better work…

 

I feel the earth move

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I feel the earth move Under my feet I feel my heart start to tremblin' Whenever you're around.
I feel the earth move
Under my feet
I feel my heart start to tremblin’
Whenever you’re around.

as my 58th birthday rounds I have noticed a distinct shift in my focus and my intention. Until recently, I have been taking direction from my muse and my instinct. I’m not sure if it’s general fatigue or perhaps a shift in direction, but I am becoming acutely aware of a change ahead.

the last two years I have worked as a substance use counselor while I have advocated for more focus on recovery in my community. I have increasingly become more conflicted as I work for organizations whose implied interest in leading clients to recovery is overshadowed by behavior management, compliance, and billing and collections. Although I have a soft spot for helping people who are enmeshed in struggle, I do understand financial realities of doing business. I simply am not convinced that recovery oriented treatment services and financial stability are not mutually exclusive. I certainly hope I can experience that theory before I retire.

this tremor beneath my feet which is making itself known is connected to a deeper allegiance to merging the ideas of recovery oriented services being both fiscally and morally prioritized. The karmic aspects of accepting less than those ideals is beckoning me to reflect here.

the interesting caveat here is a newly detected laissez-faire with regard to fitting a square peg in a round hole here.

although I covet a shift in the focus of treatment to actually focus on the client, the older I become the more satisfied I can be cooking great food, growing and pruning, telling stories and teaching. The latter have much less heartache.

 

Varsity

 

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.

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

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

peer coach academy update

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Strengthening Colorado's Recovery Community one member at a time.
Strengthening Colorado’s Recovery Community one member at a time.

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Ask any of our Alumni…

Recovery Coach Academy participants will:

1)Describe Recovery Coach role and functions
2)List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery
3)Build skills to enhance relationships
4)Explore many dimensions of recovery of recovery and recovery coaching
5)Discover attitudes about self disclosure and sharing your story
6)Understand the stages of recovery
7)Describe the stages of change and their applications
8)Increase their awareness of culture, power and privilege
9)Address ethical and boundaries issues
10)Experience recovery wellness planning
11)Practice newly acquired skills
12) Expand your spiritual experiences in recovery.

invisible light

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“The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy's cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him.” ― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
“The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy’s cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him.”
― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

in my travels this week, i have encountered some roadways that took me to places unexpected. i will try to share some of those as i stumble through this post. it is like travelling at night because although i am confident about the direction i am headed, it is much more tentative just what things i may meet.

a fellow who just graduated from the RCA Colorado’s first training just nailed getting hired as a navigator for a local coalition. he needed that for his ability to pay rent, but he needed it for his sense of purpose even more. kudos Nicky….

the ongoing lesson in expectations continues. contractors have agreed to complete some work at the house, and consistently fall short of finishing tasks on time or on budget. the beauty of this lesson is the opportunity to live in disarray and dust longer than expected or wanted with no one to really hold responsible but myself. and here is sit with plaster hand prints and footprints scattered about like a firecracker ignited in a preschool workroom.

a former colleague (continues as community member) became wary of rca colorado’s credentials and credibility to perform recovery coach trainings in our state and contacted ccar to ask about our validity. the authenticity of our participation, certification, and collaboration was verified and it was even pointed out to the colleague that a video commemorating the most recent training was posted on their website. also offered was mention of a small collection of trainings that rca colorado has been entrusted (through proper channels) to share with the citizens of the mile high city and encompassing state. this is indeed a trust we hold dear and plan to take seriously. back to the colleague. wrinkled with irony, it turns out that the very same colleague has provided the very same trainings with much of the very same curriculum copied word for word and slide for slide from  copyrighted written words, sadly though without permission or credit given all logos have been replaced and all credit for ccar’s brilliant work has seemingly been grasped by this colleague and claimed as their own.  i believe the phrase “cease and desist” might be bandied about.  really a case of the pot calling the kettle beige. it remains unclear where this road will take us.

the next agenda items are the meeting minutes from the recovery committee from bhpac( behavioral planning and advisory council)

Recovery Committee

October 1, 2015

Action Item for the Recovery Committee

Member’s  Idea:  Create a certification for those implementing recovery support services.

  • Develop certificate
  • Develop training for certification
  • Develop certification testing
  • Develop effectiveness measurement
  • Develop funding to take training
  • Determine impediments to billing for recovery support services and work to end them

COPA – has certificate program in the works, so we can utilize this

  • 60 hours of education
  • 500 hours of work/volunteering
  • 50 hours supervised by someone with credentialing
  • Grandfathering in for those currently trained and working in the field

Needs for Certification Program:

  • Appropriate tracking
  • Stand-alone marketing

Other Ideas from last Recovery Committee Meeting:

  1. Strengthen and include RSS staff as being a part of the continuum of care for the behavioral health model
  2. See more recovery support services representatives on committees and boards

Member is going to put together a list of the committees and boards around the state.

  1. How do we include bridging the gap between consumers, peers and the providers?
  2. Strengthen gap between leaving treatment (before leaving treatment) and recovery strengthening the chances of long-term recovery
  3. Making a real practice of recovery support services after treatment or incarceration
  4. Funding training for peer recovery support

Members’ Idea:  Peer Recovery Web Site – a resource guide and point of access

  • Would include persons in recovery, providers, administrators and ____
  • Funding for someone to oversee the web site
  • Social media component
  • How would we measure the effectiveness of this?
  • What is already out there? Check out other state’s resource sites.

Member’s Idea:  Court mandated treatment and peer support involvement

  • The state of Georgia has a law to include peer support services in recovery services; check out this law and see if something could like it could be proposed in Colorado.
  • Put together a presentation for BHPAC and DOC to answer why the DOC would want to fund recovery. Include:
  1. Recidivism & Cost
  2. Stats on incarcerated and mental health and substance use
  3. Co-occurring

Member has a contact who could help us create a video presentation.

  • Have an evaluation survey to be completed after the presentation for effectiveness
  • Who else would we be presenting to? Organizations and not just individuals.

SUMMARY OF IDEAS

Create an all-encompassing action item including the three main components discussed:

  1. Certification program
  2. Clearing house of resources with social media component
  3. Court mandated treatment and peer support involvement

Next Recovery Committee Meeting with New Time:

Monday, October 26th at 1:00 p.m.