Peer Support Training

I know I have been rather silent these past two weeks.  It is because I have been in class, as I may have mentioned.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much this class meant to me.  I was sequestered with 20 of the bravest people I have ever met, from all walks of life and all different challenges and choices in spirituality.  At the end of two weeks, we got a certificate.

And if you think that’s all we got, you don’t know how wrong you are.  We got a new family.  We got new tools in our own recovery from our various challenges.  And we got training in how to pass along our successes, in such a way that does not further burden ourselves but rather sets us free.

“Recovery is remembering who you are and using your strengths to become all you were meant to be.”  Just the CONCEPT of Recovery, not management, treatment, drugging, marginalization, labelling, or control.  Just that one concept set us all free and empowered us to teach others about the hope we found.  Bo Simms held our hope for us, and fed it to us in HUGE doses, and now we are ready to carry that hope out into the world.  We can take off our superhero bulletproof spandex and teach others how to make their own and how to wear it — according to their own


I can’t say WOW often enough to express how WONDERFUL this training was.  Twenty people.  I wish we could EACH train twenty more.  With this training, the Mental Illness System we have come to know and hate (not to mention the Substance Abuse Treatment System, and ditto) has less hope of existence than the Berlin Wall.  Better sell your pharmaceutical stock now — we aren’t throwing drugs out as a choice, but they will NEVER AGAIN be the ONLY choice.

To everyone who went through this class with me — you don’t know how much I love each of you, and I only have an inkling of how much each of you loves me, but nearly every one of us used the word FAMILY in our graduation speech, and I feel closer to every one of you than I do to my own family.  Even you, LT, whom I connected to less than the others — and I truly hope that connection grows so I can’t say that ever again.


Comments (3)

  1. Broom_Service

    It sounds like it was a wonderful opportunity for you. It all sounds very positive. I’m very happy that you got to experience it.

  2. mordewis

    @Broom_Service – I truly hope thousands more get to have this experience, the sooner the better. You want positive change? I have never before gotten so much hope and so many useful tools, both in dealing with my own recovery and in training others in theirs. And then there’s the fact that this was only a 2-week (80-hour) class. Wow just isn’t big enough to cover it.

  3. Broom_Service

    @mordewis – You can tell that it has had a huge impact on you and that is always a wonderful thing to encounter.


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